Category Archives: Programs

Rita Williams-Garcia Energizes Classrooms Through her Exciting, Real-life Examples

The classroom buzzed with excitement as students settled in for an hour of storytelling. This time the story was personal. It was the story of a young girl with big dreams who never gave up. “One of the things I love about New Orleans, it has some of the richest culture in this country,” describes […]

Four Months, 21 Authors, and 600 Students

BtB’s Fall 2015 Semester Program Wrap-up It’s hard to believe a whole semester has passed and we’re launching full swing into our spring programming already. Looking back on our fall programs it’s clear we’ve covered some ground. Through 25 programs with 21 authors, from first grade through 12th grade, our students have read fiction and nonfiction […]

Program Spotlight: PS 154 with Anna Goldman

Every time we enter a new classroom we begin a new partnership with a teacher. We come with book recommendations, curriculum guides, project suggestions, and questions about what our teachers want to achieve with the program. Sometimes we meet a teacher whose answers strike to the heart of our programs. And those partnerships lead to great […]

BtB Welcomes Two New Schools

BtB is proud to introduce two new schools to our literacy programs this year: The Ralph Bunche School (PS 125) in West Harlem and High School for Dual Languages and Asian Studies in Chinatown. We were first introduced to the Ralph Bunche school through our association with the West Harlem Development Corporation. Director Jo Umans […]

BtB Recommends: Great Books for Elementary Readers

  Following our Summer Reading List for Early Readers, we’ve rounded up a list of recommendations for elementary grade readers. We know how challenging it can be to help students at varying stages in their reading development to find that “just right” book. One that is engaging and doesn’t simplify content for accessible writing. We have […]

BtB’s City Green Garden Tour

For 12 years we’ve been part of a small transformation at one of our longest running partner schools, DeWitt Clinton High School. In assisting DWC Sustainability Coordinator, Ray Pultinas, to start a garden at the school, we were able to watch as he cultivated a thriving living classroom for his students. This spring our second […]

Inspirational Words from the First Grade

Here at Behind the Book our mission is to inspire New York City public school students to love reading and writing. When a student finishes a program feeling proud, or even surprised, at what they’ve just achieved, we know we’ve engaged a young reader. Jade is a first grader at PS 98 and was a part […]

Celebrating our Student Authors

It’s that time of year again. As our programs wrap up we’re busy delivering student-authored books to our classes, attending publishing parties and watching students open the books to the contents page to find their names among the list of authors. It’s time to celebrate our young authors. As we add another student book to our Gallery, it’s easy to see […]