Volunteer: Inspire Crown Heights Kids to Love Reading - Brooklynian

Volunteer: Inspire Crown Heights Kids to Love Reading

Behind the Book is a non-profit children's literacy organization that inspires New York City public school students to love reading. We bring accomplished authors into pre-K-12th grade classrooms in high-needs communities, where they guide students in creating their own writing and art projects based on the theme of the author's book. Our innovative programs, which are part of the class curricula and meet Common Core Learning Standards, have a successful record of improving literacy skills and creating engaged readers at schools around the city.

You need no experience or training to volunteer as a writing or research coach, art assistant, or in other active roles to engage and encourage students as they work. Classroom sessions run less than 2 hours on a school day. Creativity and fun are part of every session!

To volunteer for one or both of these sessions, or for more information, please reply to volunteer@behindthebook.org: 

Program 241PB606

Book/Author: Virgil and Owen by Paulette Bogan

Volunteer Role: Writing Coach

Date/Time: Monday, June 6th • 9:00 - 10:30 AM


Overview: Volunteers will join this kindergarten class for an author visit. Based on a worksheet and the author’s instructions, they’ll then guide the students and their buddies in writing a skit about solving a problem constructively. The skits will be performed using hand puppets the students created with BtB’s teaching artist.

Program 241RWG606

Book/Author: Bottle Cap Boys: Dancing on Royal Street by Rita Williams-Garcia

Volunteer Role: Art Assistant

Date/Time: Monday, June 6th • 12:30 – 2:00 PM


Overview: Volunteers will join this kindergarten class for an author visit. Based on a worksheet and the author’s instructions, they’ll then guide the students and their buddies in writing a skit about solving a problem constructively. The skits will be performed using hand puppets the students created with BtB’s teaching artist.

To join our volunteer team and receive announcements of new volunteer opportunities, please complete our brief questionnaire. You can also find more  volunteer opportunities on our site. 

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