Behind the Book
Mission: Behind the Book ’s mission is to inspire New York City public school students to love reading by bringing accomplished authors and their books into classrooms and creating rich, innovative literacy programs. Our programs take place in underserved public schools, are part of the class curricula and meet the Common Core Learning Standards.
Behind the Book programs are designed to help schools accomplish their literacy goals. Our programs take place in New York City public schools, are integrated into the curriculum and meet the Common Core Learning Standards. Each Behind the Book program serves one classroom through an average of four workshops over the course of two months. Standard BtB sessions include a curriculum guide and lesson plan for the teacher to follow and a copy of the author’s book for each child. The workshops consist of an introductory visit where the Behind the Book coordinator explains the program and delivers materials for the class, followed by a series of author-led workshops where students learn and develop their writing and critical thinking skills. Over several workshops, the author leads the students in a writing project to create and edit their own original work. Behind the Book believes that reading and writing matter; and that books improve communication skills, develop imagination, and expand a student’s sense of what is possible in the world. Behind the Book programs have an impact on students’ success in school in the near term, and in life for the long term.