Category Archives: Programs

Capstones II: Our Student Anthologies

Our second installment in our series on volunteer book designers has arrived! Read more about these great people who volunteer their time and skills to bring a big smile to so many faces. Meg O’Connell Exploration of New York City Architecture After “much soul searching and a string of interesting but ultimately unfulfilling jobs,” Meg […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Behind This Year’s Books

Like all things at Behind the Book, choosing the anchor texts for our programs is a team effort. Our Director of Programming and all of our Program Coordinators curate a wide array of books for students of different ages. We consider school curriculum plans, existing and needed skill sets, and how well the book or […]