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KidsRead

Each year, KidsRead invites public school students from all over the five boroughs to The Center for Fiction to meet the children’s, 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 work with publishers to provide students with books by these authors for free, both for their school libraries and for the students to keep. We are also happy to work with schools to gather books for them not related to our author events.

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.

It was truly fabulous for our students.  They kept talking about it after we got back.
-John Waters, teacher at John Adams High School

Interested in getting involved? Contact us!

Head Librarian

Allison Escoto

Fall 2019 Line-Up

  • Nicole Panteleakos

  • Tracey Baptiste

  • Samantha Berger

  • Veera Hiranandani

  • Tonya Bolden

  • Torrey Maldonado

  • Hilda Burgos

  • Lance Rubin

  • Tara Altebrando

  • Sarah Beth Durst

  • Rivka Galchen

  • Sharee Miller

Student Testimonials

  • Andrew Juca

    Andrew Juca

    Eighth Grade Student at Renaissance Charter School

    Andrew Juca

    Eighth Grade Student at Renaissance Charter School

    It was spectacular meeting the author of this book, Ibi Zoboi. She made us look at the outside world from a different perspective, realities we don’t usually notice.

  • Jeremiah Dasney

    Jeremiah Dasney

    Eighth Grade Student at Renaissance Charter School

    Jeremiah Dasney

    Eighth Grade Student at Renaissance Charter School

    The visit was great. I got to meet an author who had the same culture as me (though I was born here). I got to understand more about how and why authors write books.