Tag Archives: empower

Student Book Design: The Finishing Touch

Our favorite thing about the end of the semester is easily the student books. Here at the Behind the Book office, we love seeing the new boxes come in…a feeling that is second only to handing those books to the student authors and illustrators, and seeing their pride in their published product. These books are […]

March is for Role Models

March is Women’s History Month, tomorrow is International Women’s Day, and we’d like to celebrate all of the incredibly talented and dedicated women who have worked with us at BtB to empower students. Our mission is to engage students in reading and writing because literacy and literature open up worlds parallel to and vastly different […]

Huffington Post Interviews BtB Author Staceyann Chin

Recently, BtB author Staceyann Chin was interviewed by the HuffPost.  Speaking about her motivation to write her critically acclaimed 2009 memoir The Other Side of Paradise, she said: “I read a lot and I didn’t find that there were a lot of books that told the story that sounded like mine”  At BtB, we partner with authors […]

BtB Celebrates Black History Month: Break Out! Poems and Art from C.S. 21

February is Black History Month, and BtB is celebrating by recognizing the fantastic work our students have done reflecting on Civil Rights, desegregation, and freedom. This week, we’re excited to feature the work of Ms. Johnson’s 4th grade class from C.S. 21 in Bed-Stuy. Break Out! is a collection of poems and art by the students under […]

Empowerment through Creation and Hard Work

By Susanna Pitzer, author of the award-winning book Not Afraid of Dogs For years, I have worked with children and adults on writing, illustrating, acting, and producing their own shows. All of these creative endeavors have allowed me to see first hand how a person who shares their talents is a person that grows more […]