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The author and literary philanthropist told The Associated Press on Tuesday that for a second year he’s donating $1.75 million to school libraries here in the U.S.

Patterson’s School Library Campaign, in partnership with Scholastic Reading Club, gave hundreds of schools grants in 2015, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

Patterson, who received an honorary National Book Award last year for his contributions to the literary community, has also given away millions to independent bookstores and to literacy programs. He emphasized in a statement “the vital role reading plays in children’s lives.”

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