Behind the Book
A Reading to support the literacy nonprofit Behind the Book.
Behind the Book is a small literacy nonprofit that gets kids excited about reading by connecting them with contemporary writers and illustrators. Working with low-income students in the 1st-12th grades, we bring authors and their books into individual classrooms in curriculum-based programs that incorporate direct and sustained interaction between students and authors. In workshop fashion, students do original writing; in elementary school, students create illustrated books. All students receive copies of authors’ books to keep as their own. Our goal is to build a new generation of readers and writers. Authors in the classroom have included André Aciman, Russell Banks, Geoffrey Canada, Staceyann Chin, Suheir Hammad, Margo Jefferson, Maira Kalman, Colum McCann, Francine Prose, Jonathan Lethem, Brian Selznick, Hannah Tinti, Toure, Mo Willems, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Jacqueline Woodson, among scores of other acclaimed and prize-winning authors.