Author Archives: Kara Matthews

Deloitte Delights!

This summer, we’re sprucing up our office space. Not to spoil the surprise, but we’re looking forward to some fall public events. We’ve gotten some help as we get our space in shape, including from a group of our friends at Deloitte making a difference:                     […]

Capstones: Our Student Anthologies

We hope you’ve had a chance to take a look at our latest student publications! We’re so lucky to have the help of a number of professional designers who volunteer their skills to help us get our signature student anthologies produced. Here’s some of their stories: Iris Shih Dragons Love International Food Timeless Lessons When […]

The (Successful!) Plot to Keep Learning

We love watching students connect with books – and nothing is better than a whole class full of students coming together around an amazing book with a challenging topic. Ms. Mapp’s 9th-grade class at the Collegiate Institute of Math & Science began their study of Patricia McCormick’s book The Plot To Kill Hitler: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: […]

Meet the Authors: From the Book to the Classroom

At Behind the Book, the key to our programs is bringing authors and their books into classrooms. The author workshops – those visits in which the author interacts with with the students – are opportunities for students to engage with the book on a deeper level. Authors bring their book to life in part through writing exercises […]

Start Your Day Right: Group Volunteering

Volunteers are a vital part of Behind the Book programs. Joining our Program Coordinators in the classroom, volunteers give kids the extra attention they need as they work on complex research and writing projects. This school year, we expanded our relationships with corporations seeking group volunteer opportunities during the workday. They provide us with much-needed assistance, while their team members […]

The Door To The Neighborhood – Bab El Hara

It was not just another Monday.  This Monday was special.  I volunteered for an organization called Behind The Book to translate from Arabic to English for an eight year old  boy from Syria. Disclaimer, I’m a busy mom and comedian so I rarely volunteer. In fact I always complain that I don’t get paid for […]

May Reading at KGB

The different faces of war, loss, love, and art across geographies and generations: join us to hear the masterful works of Elliot Ackerman, Alia Malek, and Ellen Umansky. We’ll be at KGB Bar in the East Village on Thursday, May 11. Elliot Ackerman’s highly anticipated second novel, Dark at the Crossing, is a timely story […]

Adversity Meets Diversity

How Yangsook Choi’s The Name Jar helped students write about conflict and become their own hero. Introductions When I first met the 5th grade students at PS 98, they were eagerly engaged in a conversation with the visiting author, Yangsook Choi. The writer asked the students why their favorite book was their favorite. Their answers […]