Author Archives: behindthebook

June Reading Series at KGB

We curated the last installment of our Reading Series before our brief summer hiatus to be sure to keep you sated through your trip to the shore. Behind the Book will be hosting three great authors who will explore topics of identity, loss, and coming of age in an evening at KGB Bar. Join us in welcoming Dana […]

The Priceless Benefits of Volunteering with Behind the Book

Guest Post by BtB Intern Katie Shumaker My love for reading is what initially drew me to volunteer with Behind the Book. Growing up biracial I struggled with my identity, in part, because I did not feel there were enough accurate representations of Chinese-Americans in literature and popular culture. However, in high school my love […]

Inside the Org: Q&A with Board of Directors Member Muffie Meyer

This is Behind the Book’s 13th year working with schools to get kids to love reading. Our work is supported by many people, including Muffie Meyer who has been on the board of directors since year one! Muffie is able to see Behind the Book’s work through many different lenses and below we discover exactly why she supports […]

This Mother’s Day, Give the Gift of Literacy

Cards. Flowers. Candy. This Mother’s Day, take the opportunity to thank your mom and grandmother for their many contributions to your life. Behind the Book has established three special partnerships to help you choose a gift for these important women. Each option is a meaningful and easy way to support Behind the Book and recognize the person who introduced you to the world of books. […]

Inside the Org: Q&A with Author Ginjer Clarke

Meet Ginjer Clarke one of the many authors who worked with Behind the Book program last fall. Ginjer brought her book What’s up in the Amazon Rainforest to a 4th/5th grade classroom at PS 46 in Ft. Greene. Our kids loved this nonfiction book. After meeting Ginjer to learn about her research and writing processes, students wrote letters advocating for […]

Have You Heard? Volunteering With Behind The Book Is Your Best Bet to Grow

Guest Post by BtB Intern Jennifer Daniels I stumbled across Behind the Book while searching for somewhere to volunteer. I saw their mission and was hooked! It was unique, inspiring, and progressive. As a bookworm myself, the prospect of being involved with an organization that encourages children to read was a chance I couldn’t miss. […]

Inside the Org: Q&A with Board of Directors Member Ian Woolley

The programs provided by Behind the Book are only made possible by the amazing volunteers and staff of the organization. Our team is made up of many people with various roles, each necessary to fulfill our goal of bringing accomplished authors and their books into classrooms. One such member is Ian Woolley who today tells […]

April Reading Series at KGB

Don’t miss our April Reading Series at KGB, when we host Alvaro Enrigue, author of Sudden Death and Rachel Cantor, author of Good on Paper. Join us for readings that take us from a 16th Century tennis match between Caravaggio and a the Spanish poet Francisco de Quevedo, to today’s Upper West Side Manhattan, where a part-time […]

Rita Williams-Garcia Energizes Classrooms Through her Exciting, Real-life Examples

The classroom buzzed with excitement as students settled in for an hour of storytelling. This time the story was personal. It was the story of a young girl with big dreams who never gave up. “One of the things I love about New Orleans, it has some of the richest culture in this country,” describes […]

Inside the Org: Q&A with Young Executive Board Member Alissa Nigro

No one values the Behind the Book team more than us. It is because of these individuals that we are able to bring life-changing programs to the underserved public schools in NYC. Today meet Alissa Nigro and her favorite reads. Tell us a little bit about your day job. What do you do outside of […]