Author Archives: Kara Matthews

Meet the Teacher: Brenda Changkit

Literacy is an important part of any child’s education. Brenda Changkit, a kindergarten teacher who has worked with Behind the Book for five years, believes “the earlier, the better” when it comes to exposing kids to books. “I believe even in the womb kids are able to hear,” she said. “So even with my own […]

April Reading at KGB

Spring is finally here! And so is Behind the Book’s April reading at KGB Bar. Join us on Thursday, April 13th at 7pm to hear these two talented ladies, Min Jin Lee and Cara Hoffman, read from their latest works. Min Jin Lee’s profoundly moving and gracefully told tour de force, Pachinko, follows one Korean […]

March Reading at KGB

Our March reading at KGB Bar in Manhattan’s East Village is filled to the brim with new works! Four authors will headline on Thursday, March 9 at 7PM: André Aciman is the acclaimed author of the new novel, Enigma Variations.  His prior books include Eight White Nights, Call Me by Your Name, Out of Egypt, False Papers, Alibis, and Harvard Square, and the editor […]

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 […]