Ready, Set, Read!

Students from the Dwight School in Manhattan read for a cause – ours!

Parents everywhere want their kids to read more and to learn to give back. The Behind the Book Read-A-Thon accomplishes both. More than 20 participating students at the Dwight School in Manhattan secured sponsorships from their parents, grandparents, and important adults in their lives. They clocked the time they spent reading over the course of a week, and collected pledges based on their reading time at the end of it. Altogether, these students raised more than $1,500! Their hard work will help provide students here in New York City high-quality literacy programs and books to read at home.

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Kids from first to fifth grade participated in the Read-A-Thon and the BtB-style author visit that served as their reward. The Dwight School students were visited by Lesa Cline-Ramone, a nominee for NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Children’s. BtB gave the students copies of Lesa’s books My Story, My Dance and Words Set Me Free, both of which are picture book biographies illustrated by her husband. Biographies, for Lesa, depict people who are not perfect; people who overcome struggles to become who they are.

During the visit, the author shared a glimpse of her life and the process of writing and illustrating books. She also gave students a sneak peek of her newest work. Throughout her presentation, Lesa stressed that so much of writing is reading and researching, and following what interests her as the author.

Thanks, Lesa, and thank you, Dwight School! We look forward to our next Read-A-Thon!

Please contact BtB if you’d like to have your own Read-A-Thon at your school next year.