THE LOIS LENSKI COVEY FOUNDATION
The purposes of The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation are to advance literacy and foster a love of reading among underserved and at-risk children and youth.
Lois Lenski, author and illustrator of over one hundred children's books and the 1946 Newbery medalist for Strawberry Girl, established the Foundation as a charitable institute more than
forty-five years ago. During that time the Foundation has assisted over 400 organizations
in their efforts to provide books to children who might otherwise lack
access to children's literature.
An important activity for the Foundation is its Library Grant Program, which awards grants to lending libraries serving at-risk children. The Grant Program provides grants to libraries and agencies that serve economically or socially at-risk children, have limited book budgets, and demonstrate real need. Funds are earmarked for purchasing books for young people, and are not intended for administrative or operational use. Grants for 2015 will range from $500 to $3000. Successful applicants have proposed purchases to update their children's book collections generally or to expand their holdings in specific areas. More details regarding the grant program can be found on the Grant Program Information web page.
NOTE: The application deadline for 2015 library grants has passed. Applications for 2016 grants will be posted on this website from February 15 to May 31, 2016.
The Foundation is owner of the copyrights to Lois Lenski's works. Those seeking permission to use copyrighted materials should contact the Foundation directly using the information on the Contact Us webpage.