Category Archives: Programs

Wisdom from the author Nikki Grimes

Nikki Grimes Uses Poetry to Connect Students to the Harlem Renaissance, Identity and Dreams In her book, One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance, award-winning, Harlem-born author Nikki Grimes features poetry by Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Clara Ann Thompson and other influential writers of the Harlem Renaissance. The book is a conversation between Grimes and the writers […]

Meet the Author: Paul Griffin

Paul Griffin is the award-winning author of middle school and young adult books including Ten Mile River, The Orange Houses, When Friendship Followed Me Home, and Burning Blue. During the twenty year period between graduating from Dartmouth and Penguin Random House publishing Paul’s “first” book he worked several jobs – including as a butler, a […]

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 […]