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, celebrated 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 in 1967. Since then the Foundation has assisted over 400 organizations in their efforts to nurture reading skills, gain access to books, and instill a love of reading.


The Foundation focuses our giving in two major areas:

  1. Providing grants for the purchase of children’s books to public or private organizations which operate bookmobile programs. Click here for details.
  2. Providing grants to innovative literacy programs in Baltimore, New York City, Philadelphia, Sacramento, or the San Francisco Bay area. Click here for details.


Special note to those interested in applying for a LLCF literacy program grant:

For the remainder of the calendar year 2023 the Foundation will not be considering new literacy program grants. We will only consider grant renewals; only organizations that received a literacy program grant from the LLCF in the recent past are eligible to apply.


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 literary agent using the information on the Contact Us webpage.