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May 17, 2010- BronxTalk Unveils De Witt Clinton HS music video about healthy food practices and sustainability. To watch the segment, click here.


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December 09, 2009-New York's #1 News Station reports on Behind the Book's work, accomplishments, and impact on New York City schools across the city. To view our segment, click here.


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July 7, 2009-Behind the Book's networking event which was held on June 15th, 2009 was featured on Charity Happenings.org. To learn more, visit Charity Happenings.


"BETTER GOSSIP": The Ceslie Show, The Women's Network
June 19, 2009 –An interview with founder and Executive Director, Jo Umans about Behind the Book's work in NYC public schools and upcoming event, The Behind the Book Dog Party. Listen> (Compatible with BlogTalkRadioPlayer and I-Tunes -To learn more about BlogTalkRadioPlayer, go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ or to dowload i-tunes, go to www.itunes.com). For more, visit The Ceslie Show.


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January 12, 2009 – An interview with Hannah Tinti, critically acclaimed author of The Good Thief, about her work with Behind the Book. To read the article, visit Flavorwire.


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November 6-12, 2008 – Listed as one of the notable programs at KGB Bar. For more, visit Time Out New York.


AARP Prime Time Focus
August 2, 2008 – In several New York City public schools, a non-profit group called Behind The Book is reaching disadvantaged kids in new ways: using books about their neighborhoods and issues that reflect their lives. The students do reading and writing projects and meet the authors in their classrooms. Listen > (Requires RealPlayer - To download RealPlayer, visit www.real.com.) To visit the AARP site, click here.


AM-NY logoAM-New York, one of the most widely circulated free dailies in NYC
April 7, 2008 –Though you may not have heard of it, Behind the Book has been working diligently these past five years to bring authors and illustrators into local public schools giving the children access to the publishing world that they might not otherwise have. We spoke with executive director and founder Jo Umans about the program. For more, visit AM-New York.


KeepingitGoing_LogoKeep it Going NYC, the official newsletter of the Fund for Public Schools
March 2008 –A strong foundation in literacy is the key to life-long learning. Behind the Book brings award-winning authors and their books into individual classrooms to build literacy skills and nurture a new generation of readers. Read more at Keep it Going NYC .

What People Are Saying About Us

My visit to the Harvey Milk High School, coordinated by Behind the Book, was one of the most inspiring school visits I've made as an author. The enthusiasm the students showed in their comments and questions after reading Rainbow Boys gave new life to the words I'd written.But perhaps the most moving part of the visit was inviting the students to write their own personal stories. Hearing boys and girls share their experiences with coming out to families, suffering homophobic slurs, and experiencing first crushes touched me deeply - and hopefully it planted seeds for students to continue writing and capturing their lives with their own voices - all thanks to Behind the Book!
--Alex Sanchez on visiting the Harvey Milk High School in October 2003.


Behind the Book is more than one hopes for in reading programs--lofty yet organized, meaningful and thought through. The students are closely prepared, the time put to essential use, yet there's plenty of elbow room for the contagiousness of all that is inspiring. It is a crucial time for young readers to connect with live writers, to bridge their private experiences of reading with one part of the creative world. But it's as much a gift to writers. To have been in the Bronx with these young people was a special homecoming for me.
--Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author of Random Family and 2006 MacArthur Fellow, on visiting DeWitt Clinton High School in December 2003.


... [Ms. LeBlanc] expanded our imaginations with her wealth of experience, insight and knowledge of individuals from our own communities in the Bronx. Ms. LeBlanc emphasized our society's need for journalists and writers to do what she had done, that is, tell the stories of the communities that they come from. All of us came away with a new and different appreciation for the craft of reporting and writing and an admiration for the dedication to fairness, accuracy, confidentiality and trust that Ms. LeBlanc embodied. With the author in our midst, we became a public participating in a conversation about some of the concerns, issues and problems confronting the real people in Random Family and in our own lives.
--Raymond Pultinas, English teacher at DeWitt Clinton High School, on Adrian Nicole LeBlanc's visit with his eleventh-grade students in December 2003.


I think this is exactly the kind of program that works in tandem with an author such as myself who is writing for an audience that may not have as many books that reflect the students. So when a program like this brings both of us together it's everything you're working for coming to fruition. Just to see the students, not only that they have the books, but they've read the books, they've absorbed them, they have questions, they're excited about the whole experience....[T]here are many programs throughout the state that really try to push literacy, but this truly tailors the fit. It really looks at the schools, at the students and what their needs are, and really reaches out to find that author.
--From an interview, Rita Williams-Garcia, author of Every Time a Rainbow Dies, speaking about her visit with ninth-grade students at Lehman High School in March 2003.


I recently visited MS 136 in Brooklyn through Behind the Book. From the minute Jo Umans, Executive Director of Behind the Book, called me to talk about Cuba with the students in Ms. Capobianco's class, I was, and continued to be, impressed and delighted with her organization, her involvement, and her hands on approach. We had several three-way conversations with Ms. Capobianco before the visit, which added greatly to everyone's expectations and understanding of the visit. The students were prepared and asked great questions. They had written reports, and will be writing "newspaper articles about an aspect of Cuba that they each find especially interesting. I will stay in touch with them and read the articles. And we finished with a grand Cuban feast, supplied by a grandmother of one of the girls in the class. I have had many wonderful class visits, but this was one of the best!
--Trish Marx, children's author, on visiting sixth-grade students at MS 136 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, in April 2004.


Things like this never happen to me. To receive a book (a really good one) to keep and have a professional writer who is well-known come and talk to us is amazing. Not only that but she stayed, signed our books, gave us advice. I will never forget this. Thank you.
--Mary S., Student, Clinton HS, April, 2004

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