Category Archives: Community

Cheer for a Volunteer—It’s National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week, established in 1974 by President Richard Nixon, is a time to acknowledge and celebrate people who donate their time, skills, and energy in service to their communities. From April 23rd through 29th, you can share why you volunteer and what it means to you, while encouraging your friends, co-workers, and family to […]

Meet the Supporter: Pat Levenson

We thought you’d all like to learn about a supporter who has been with us from the start – not only as a donor, but initially as a teacher at one of our partner schools. Claire Strickland, an English major at NYU, profiles our long-time friend Pat Levenson: The gift of inspired readers comes from […]

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 […]