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 2016 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 deadline for 2016 Applications has passed.
The Foundation is owner of the copyrights to Lois Lenski's works. Those seeking permission to use copyrighted materials should contact the Foundation directly or contact the Foundation's agent using the information on the Contact Us webpage.