Author Archives: Kara Matthews

Positive Change through Books

Behind the Book offers more to students than books, authors and literacy skills. We also provide students with the chance to think critically about issues around them through our Social Justice programs. “There’s always a way to present a subject that’s controversial or difficult in a way that students can comprehend,“ said Bureen Ruffin, a […]

February Reading at KGB

It’s the month of love, and Behind the Book is taking in all its forms: from war zones to ocean troughs to New York City streets with Elliot Ackerman, Marah Hardt, and Lara Vapnyar.  Invite your sweetheart and join us February 9 at 7PM at venerable KGB Bar in the East Village. Elliot Ackerman’s just […]

Fifth Grade Students Tell Their Story

We’re lucky enough to get to work with kids each and every day – but we know many of you are not. So we asked a few 5th-graders to write about their own experiences, and what they think about reading, writing, and the books and authors we introduced them to. Here’s what they had to say: […]

Eagle Academy: Building a Library

When Jackie Haggins, 8th grade ELA teacher for Eagle Academy for Young Men II, needed help, Behind the Book was happy to assist. Ms. Haggins’ school lost their whole library when their building, which holds several schools, was reconfigured. Luckily we were able to donate books for the new school library – now housed in […]

Food + Language + Family = Culture

This week, we’re all celebrating history, culture and family with our food. Here in NYC, we’re lucky enough to be located in the most diverse city in the world, with every culture’s food at our fingertips and a great sampling of language and culture. Many of our students come to school learning English as a […]

December Reading Series at KGB

These three women will grab you by the brain as they read from their new work. Join Behind the Book on December 8 at 7PM at KGB Bar in the East Village. We hope to see you there! Nicole Dennis-Benn’s stunning debut novel, Here Comes the Sun, has received widespread critical and popular acclaim and was […]

Who’s Behind the Book?

Our partner, author and illustrator Patricia Keeler, wrote this post about a Behind the Book program at PS46 in Brooklyn. We’re sharing what was originally published on drawntopicturebooks.blogspot.com. All photos below are also courtesy of Patricia Keeler – thanks Patricia! It’s a good thing Myra Hernandez started her life journey in the mountains of Peru […]

Eagle Academy: Meet the Teachers

Eagle Academy for Young Men II is an all-boys school located in Ocean Hill, Brooklyn. They work with children from grades 6-12, empowering inner city young men to reach their potential academically. We at Behind the Book have the pleasure of collaborating on programs with some of the teachers there. Ms. Matin teaches 7th grade and […]

Celebrate!

The weather is getting cooler and classes are well underway. Here at Behind the Book, we’re looking forward to our annual Celebration Benefit, hosted by Youth, I.N.C. We hope that you’ll join us on November 15 for what promises to be a great evening at the Waldorf Astoria. In just a few months, this storied […]