“Things like this never happen to me. To receive a book (a really good one) to keep and have a professional writer who is well-known come and talk to us is amazing. Not only that but she stayed, signed our books, gave us advice. I will never forget this. Thank you.”
– Mary S., Student, DeWitt Clinton High School

Make a donation today to open up the world for young people like Mary. Here at Behind the Book, we believe all students love to learn – that’s why we work to give each classroom the tools needed for each student’s success. At the end of last school year, teachers were pleased to report that 83% of their students improved their overall literacy. This includes all kinds of students – for example, 22% of our programs are customized for Special education classes.

Behind the Book has grown steadily since its inception, serving more than 12,800 students and 450 teachers since 2003. The more we grow, the more students we can impact.

Every donation makes a difference. Become a part of our Behind the Book family and donate today!


Donation Categories

$25 provides books for two of our students.
$50 buys art supplies – over 90% of our programs include illustration classes.
$75 pays for a special guest to visit a class.
$100 purchases books for a classroom library.
$250 is the approximate per-student cost of our programs. You could sponsor one student!
$325 provides a field trip for a class to visit one of NYC’s great cultural institutions.

Make a secure credit card donation to Behind the Book online at NY Charities. Checks payable to Behind the Book may be sent to: Behind the Book, 216 West 135th Street, Ground Floor, New York, NY 10030

Behind the Book is a registered 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation. For complete tax-deduction information on donations, please consult a certified public accountant or other tax professional.