Tag Archives: Rita Williams-Garcia

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 […]

The Joy of Volunteering

By Emily Rosenberg “Nothing is more fulfilling than looking across a classroom and seeing every hand raised in excitement,” says Ali Maher Barclay, a Behind the Book volunteer who put in more than 17 hours to help make last school year’s classroom programs a success. Ali worked with kindergartners as they created public service posters […]

BtB’s Top Titles for High Schoolers

The books just keep coming! Today we’re featuring fiction and nonfiction for high school readers, recommended by the bibliophiles on our staff; each is a profound tribute to the resilience of the human spirit. Fist Stick Knife Gun by Geoffrey Canada Long before the avalanche of praise for his work—from Oprah Winfrey, from President Bill Clinton, from […]

BtB’s Top 10 Books for Middle Schoolers!

Recently, we’ve been featuring books for high schoolers by authors we love. Today, we made the picks! Here are BtB’s top 10 books for middle schoolers, as recommended by our outstanding staff: Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez: Anita de la Torre never questioned her freedom living in the Dominican Republic. But by her 12th […]

Tales from Thurgood Marshall Academy

With one more month before school begins, we’re hard at work. We’re not only getting materials and new author programs ready for the next school year, but we’re also getting in the spirit for school to start again. As we think about all the awesome moments from our school programs that ran last year, we […]

The Year’s Work Begins

Behind the Book has kicked off the year with our first two visits! On October 12th, our lovely and talented teaching artist Barbara Korein visited Ms. Sheryl Mayers’ 6th grade class at JHS 13 to conduct a journal-making workshop. Students used brightly colored paper, stickers, markers, pre-printed phrases, and magazine cutouts to decorate notebooks in […]