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 and discussion of their own personal writing process. To give you a front-row-seat, we’ve compiled two videos spotlighting four separate author visits to kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high school classrooms.
Meet the Authors: Levis and Maldonado
In this video, author of Stuck with the Blooz, Caron Levis, leads a kindergarten class on how to help a friend in need. This is juxtaposed with Torrey Maldonado, author of Secret Saturdays, leading a class of seventh-graders in a writing project about perception (and self-perception.)
Meet the Authors: Budhos and Ortiz
In this next video, author Raquel M. Ortiz, author of Sofi and the Magical, Musical Mural leads first-graders in a musical exercise with a handheld drum and author of Watched, Marina Budhos, leads a discussion with high school seniors about the book’s theme of identity and growing up in an age of surveillance.
And a special thank you to Brian Bonilla for filming and editing!