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. The programs take place in Title I Pre-K - 12th grade schools, are part of the class curricula and meet the Common Core Learning Standards. Through a series of workshops, authors discuss their books and teach a genre of writing, encourage students to see themselves as readers and writers, and ultimately guide them in the creation of their own original writing. Behind the Book works with 17 schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx and will serve 2,000 students this year.
The grant from CCS provides consistent, high-quality literacy programs and has been instrumental to the success of 2 area schools: P.S. 154 -The Harriet Tubman School and P.S. 125 - the Ralph Bunche School. This year, 234 students at these schools will be served by these programs.