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Author Adopt-A-School Program

Our successful city outreach program matches publishers and New York City public schools with scheduled author visits to encourage the love of books and reading throughout New York. Each year, authors do readings, answer questions and lead discussions in classroom, library and auditorium settings.


Last year, the 8th annual Adopt-A-School took place during the week of December 9-13, and a record-breaking 45 authors and illustrators of children’s and young adult fiction visited 41 schools in Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn. Learn more.

How does it work?
We match publishers with schools based on the authors they have available to volunteer that week and the age groups we have been asked to service. The schools that we match are those whose libraries have received REACH grants from the NYC Fund for Public Schools or schools otherwise recommended by the NYC Department of Education for their strong commitment to literacy.

The Adopt-A-School program is a cooperative effort of the New York City Department of Education, the Association of American Publishers, the Children’s Book Council, and participating schools’ librarians.

CBC Members:
interested in submitting your authors to this year’s program? Please contact us before Friday, October 24, 2014.

Publishers: Learn more about the benefits of CBC membership.

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