Katherine Paterson: "Every country in the world needs a Banco del Libro"

When I saw that the jury had chosen Banco del Libro, I cried tears of joy. These wonderful people have been close to my heart since I visited them in 2000 and saw the work they were doing with the survivors of the terrible landslides that occurred on the coast of Venezuela in December of 1999.

Banco del Libro is not simply a literacy organization it is a team of people who minister to the hearts and minds and spirits of children and their families. Every country in the world needs a Banco del Libro.

Katherine Paterson, ALMA award winner 2006