Category Archives: Programs

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 […]

Summer School Means Community at Behind the Book

This summer, Behind the Book produced our own summer school programs for the very first time. The staff is very excited about the programs’ success and looks forward to expanding next year. Two of these programs were held in Harlem CLC, with Harlem HeadStart as our partner for these Pre-K classes.  The children read the […]

What’s Crackin’ in the First Grade?

During the last few weeks of school, Ms. Vazquez’s first grade classroom at P.S. 98 in Inwood was the place to be. That’s because her 29 students became the proud parents of six baby chicks and everyone in the school – teachers and students alike – wanted a peek. The chicks were the centerpiece of a […]

From Hollywood to the Bronx

Author Gayle Forman is no stranger to Hollywood, having served as an Executive Producer when her novel If I Stay was made into a movie. She’ll get another peek at the glamorous life soon, with her second movie in the works. But we’re most interested in the fact that she’s eager to return to a […]

Happy Summer (Reading)

Today’s the first day of summer for public school students in New York City, and we’re tallying up Behind the Book’s impact for the school year. I hope that you’re as proud as we are of all that we’ve accomplished. With your help and support, we: Produced 53 programs in 13 schools for a total of […]

A Generous Third-Grade Class Publishes a Book

A group of Brooklyn third graders recently thought deeply about paying it forward – and in the process learned about the transformative power of performing a kind act for someone in their community. If you’re familiar with Behind the Book already, you’ll know that we integrate our literacy programs into existing curricula, working closely with […]