Association Read is a non-profit membership organization established in 1997. Today, the association has 40 membership organization from all parts of the Norwegian book industry. Association Read is funded by the membership organizations as well as the National Library and the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training.
Our goal is to promote reading and create readers among children and youth. Through our work, we annually reach 300 000 children and youth and approximately 10 000 teachers and librarians. Our work is carried out in large parts in schools, however we do work in other arenas as well.
Association Read provides three different literature prizes: Ungdommens kritikerpris (The Young Critics Award), Uprisen (The Norwegian Youth Literature Award) og Bokslukerprisen (The Avid Reader Award), anthologies aimed at several different target groups, a non-fiction magazine called Faktafyk, a project transforming old iconic telephone booths into mini-libriaries for book sharing, and a pilot called Bookstart. All our reading campaigns are free and available nationally.
In 2017, Association Read was awarded the Norwegian book industry’s special price, called Gullegget (The Golden Egg). In 2018, the association was nominated for Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA), the world’s largest children’s literature award, for the fourth year in a row.