About Us - Awards & Recognition

AED Breakthrough Ideas in Education

The Academy for Educational Development (AED), one of the world's foremost educational and social development organizations, awarded Room to Read's Local Language Publishing program one of six "Breakthrough Ideas in Education" prizes. A pioneer of high quality children's literature accessible to youth in Asia and Africa, Room to Read hires local authors and illustrators to publish bilingual, imaginative and culturally-relevant children's books. AED applauded Room to Read for this unique program that supports the free exchange of information and knowledge in education.

American Library Association Presidential Citation

Room to Read was awarded the Presidential Citation during the American Library Association 2008 Annual Conference in Anaheim, California for its international innovation. The award was presented by Loriene Roy, ALA-Past President, 2007-2008.

Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship

The Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship support social entrepreneurs whose work has the potential for large-scale influence on critical challenges of our time. Award recipients are innovators who have achieved proof of concept, are poised to replicate or scale up toward systemic social change, and have a message that will resonate with those whose resources are crucial to advancing large-scale, long-term solutions. Room to Read won the Skoll award in 2004 and 2006; the most recent award included a three-year US$1.2 million grant for capacity building.

Fast Company/Monitor Social Capitalist Award

The Fast Company/Monitor Social Capitalist Award is the only award program that quantitatively measures a non-profit group's innovation and social impact, as well as the viability and sustainability of its business model. Room to Read is one of only a few organizations that has won the award every year since the award's inception.

TIME Asia's Heroes Award

In 2004, the TIME Asia's Heroes Award spotlighted Room to Read founder John Wood as one of 20 individuals who have done something brave, bold, or remarkable before they've reached the age of 40. John was the only non-Asian recipient of the award.

Draper Richards Fellowship Award

The Draper Richards Foundation provides awards and early stage funding to social entrepreneurs, with a vision of changing the world. Draper Richards Foundations rely on the same due-diligence process and business acumen that brought them success in the financial world. John Wood and Room to Read won the Draper Richards Fellowship Award in 2002.

Sand Hill Group Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Award

The Sand Hill Group Foundation awards grants annually, to U.S.-based non-profit organizations helping to improve the lives of low-income women and children. In 2006, The Foundation recognized Room to Read with its first annual Social Entrepreneurship Award to "recognize forward thinking companies."

All Awards

Academy for Educational Development "Breakthrough Ideas in Education" Award: 2007

American Library Association "Presidential Citation": 2008

Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship: 2004-2005, 2006- 2008

Fast Company / Monitor Group "Social Capitalist" Award: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Charity Navigator's Top "4-Star" Rating: 2006, 2007, 2008

South Asian Journalists Association "Outstanding Story on Any Subject: New Media" Award for "Nepal: A Girls' Life": 2008

Salesforce.com's "Force for Change" Award: 2007

University of San Francisco "Asia Pacific Leadership" Award: 2007

Sand Hill Group Foundation "Social Entrepreneurship" Award: 2006

"Nepali Association for Children's Literature" Award 2004, 2005

Draper Richards Foundation Fellowship: 2002-2004