Tag Archives: Zetta Elliott

Field Trips Abound!

by Jenna Danoy, Social Media Marketing Intern captions and photographs by Camille Adeoye, Program Intern Yesterday, our seventh graders from JHS 13 and some parent chaperones visited the African Burial Ground as part of their experience reading Zetta Elliott’s Ship of Souls. In this young adult novel, the main character, D, and his friends Hakeem and […]

We’ve been reading a lot of books…

…so we reviewed them on Goodreads! Here are a few of our favorites. Bird is the story of young Mehkai, whose grandfather nicknamed him “Bird.” He is a budding artist, and he works hard at his craft – he draws pictures every day, and tries to get better with each drawing. Throughout the book, we explore the […]

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 […]

Behind the Book Summer Reads for Kids and Adults

It’s the height of summer, and a great time to read! Here are a few of our favorite books for kids and adults that we recommend for your reading pleasure. Love to Langston by Tony Medina Appropriate for Ages 7-11 Maybe it’s that our recent move to Harlem has put us in the mood for […]

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 […]

Picture of the Week with Zetta Elliott

At Behind the Book, we know how important it is for students to connect with authors; we’ve seen how authors can inspire a child to read when they can come into a classroom and show the students the magic of reading.  But what do we do when school is out and there aren’t any classrooms […]

Guest Blog: The Real Value of Free Books

By Zetta Elliott, author of Bird I’ve written before about my early relationship with libraries and books. Both of my parents were public school teachers, but there wasn’t a tradition of buying books in my family. My father grew up in the Caribbean and developed an early dislike for reading after being forced to read […]

November in East Harlem

Over the course of a week in November, Zetta Elliott visited Ms. Mayers’ 6th grade class at JHS 13 to conduct a workshop on picture books, with a particular emphasis on the role of symbol, image, and memory in storytelling. Students had read and generated responses to Ms. Elliott’s Bird, a wonderful narrative of a […]