Category Archives: Community

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

Volunteer Like A Boss

With our fall volunteer season about to start, this guest blog by our Volunteer Coordinator Emily Rosenberg will give you the ins and outs of volunteering with Behind the Book. We hope you’ll join us for a workshop — or several! Like Bill Belichick, Behind the Book coaches lead their “teams” to victory. Instead of […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Cheri Simon

When Lisa Simon, a long-time producer and director on Sesame Street passed away last year, her sister Cheri Simon was instructed to donate a portion of Lisa’s estate to an organization that represented Lisa’s passions – education and literacy. Cheri kicked off her search for a local New York City program devoted to children’s literacy […]

Student Book Design: Full Circle

There are many unique qualities to Behind the Book, but none more special than the student anthologies that we publish for many hardworking classes. Each finished book enchants the students (and us!) when distributed at the program’s close. Talented designers take the students’ written projects and art; choose colors, layout, and typeface; and use their […]

Student Book Design: The Finishing Touch

Our favorite thing about the end of the semester is easily the student books. Here at the Behind the Book office, we love seeing the new boxes come in…a feeling that is second only to handing those books to the student authors and illustrators, and seeing their pride in their published product. These books are […]

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 […]