The National Book Foundation is a big deal when it comes to handing out awards. Its annual Literarian Award for Outstanding Service honors one beloved writer who has given the world a lifetime of exceptional work. Previous winners of this esteemed prize include Maya Angelou, Dave Eggers, and Terry Gross. This year, the Foundation is giving this honor to James Patterson.
Patterson has been writing acclaimed books for almost 40 years. Some of the 68-year-old author’s most well-known contributions to the literary world include The Thomas Berryman Number, Alex Cross, Maximum Ride, and Zoo, the latter of which was recently adapted into a TV show by CBS.
In addition to his prolific writing career, Patterson has spent much of his spare time advocating for reading. A true philanthropist, he’s donated over 250,000 books to children across the United States and over 650,000 books to soldiers at home and overseas. He also recently created his own reading-themed website, ReadKiddoRead, which lists recommended children’s books to encourage kids across the nation to improve their literacy skills and have fun in the process. This kind of site makes us swoon, and we’re overjoyed that the Foundation is recognizing Patterson.
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