Each year, KidsRead invites over 1500 New York City public school students to The Center for Fiction to meet the childrens, young adult, and literary fiction writers they have been reading in class. Our goal is to help students gain not only proficiency but a passion for books, and our method is personalization of the reading experience, exposing children at an age where they are particularly responsive to role models.


We work with teachers and school administrators to develop discussion questions and incorporate KidsRead writers into their curriculum. We provide students with books by these authors for free, both for their school libraries and the students to keep. We keep the events small, with a maximum of 80 students per event, so that all kids have time to ask questions, get their book signed, and have a personal interaction with the writer. We do all of this at no cost to schools. Click here to read more about our program and find out what writers we'll be hosting this fall. 


Interested in bringing your students to a KidsRead event?

Please email Kristin Henley at or call (212) 755-6710.

Books for NYC Schools


Through Books for NYC Schools, we reach out to schools-in-need in the five boroughs and implement book drives to help supply books to public school libraries and classes, and to youth organizations in the city. As a result of conducting regular outreach to a list of over 600 public schools in the five boroughs, we now have 75 schools and organizations signed on to the program, and that list grows each month. Our donations include everything from picture books for beginning readers to literary fiction for high-schoolers. When the program began in 2010, we gathered 5,000 books for school libraries, classes and youth organizations in the city. In 2011, we built the program to gather 20,000 books and in 2012, 35,000. In addition to sending groups of donated books to each school for their library, we also work directly with the schools to get class “wish lists” from teachers. When schools have particular requests not met by the books donated, we try to fulfill these school-specific needs through partnerships with publishers and generous individuals. Click here to learn more about Books for NYC Schools and see our current school Wish Lists.


Want to help? You can bring new or gently-used books appropriate to grades K-12 to The Center or you can make a tax-deductible donation. Donate now.


Are you a publisher? We welcome donations of single copies for school libraries or multiple copies of titles for class curricula. And remember that high school students are reading classics and literary fiction, so many of your adult titles are perfect for students in grades 9-12.


Are you an educator? Check out this information for teachers, librarians, and other educational professionals interested in receiving book donations or bringing a class to a free KidsRead event. LEARN MORE

Please contact Kristin Henley at

KidsWrite Junior Fellows


This July we held a new summer initiative as part of our KidsRead/Books for NYC Schools programs called KidsWrite. A four-day workshop intensive for students grades 10-12 who participated in our KidsRead program, KidsWrite Junior Fellows brought together eager and talented young people to finesse their writing skills, improve their ability to express themselves creatively, and become part of a community of like-minded peers. It was taught by 2015 Emerging Writer Fellow and accomplished author t'ai freedom ford, who worked with the students closely on writing exercises and fostered discussions about the craft of writing. Click here to learn more about the program and meet our first group of students! 


As part of our continued efforts to make reading and writing accessible to children from all backgrounds, this program was provided at no cost to the students or their schools. 

If you're a teacher interested in learning more for next year please contact Sara Batkie


Junior Edition: New Fiction for Younger Readers

Check out our monthly review column, by writer Celia McGee. Celia searches recent releases to bring you the best kids' fiction out there. We hope Celia's terrific choices help get kids reading, and help create the next generation of readers and writers! READ NOW 


This month's column features: 










or donate to the book wish lists of:


The Academy for Young Writers 


Bronx Envision Academy


The Union Settlement Association


The Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women 





The Center is grateful to 

 The Heckscher Foundation 

 for Children 

 The Pine Tree Foundation 

 of New York 

 for their support of our KidsRead/

 Books for NYC Schools program.