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Distinguished Finalist

Nikki Leali

New Orleans, Louisiana

Nikki Leali, 12, of New Orleans, La., a sixth-grader at Ursuline Academy, has been a dedicated community literacy advocate for the past six years, leading projects from a youth reading club to a collection that has gathered and circulated more than 40,000 books. Nikki, whose collections have helped to stock more than 100 Little Free Libraries in her city, also volunteers weekly with the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library.