National Book Foundation partners with the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) to run the Raising Readers initiative. This innovative program aims to empower adults who work with and raise children to expand their own love of books and reading, in order to better model the habit of reading for pleasure with the young people in their lives. Raising Readers provides paid professional development training for DYCD provider staff who work with young people through after-school and summer programs, and pairs staff with NBF teaching artists to collaboratively run reading circle series for parents at local DYCD sites across the city, complete with book giveaways, high-profile author talks, and book shopping opportunities for participants.
DYCD sites interested in applying for Raising Readers should visit the DYCD online bulletin board for application instructions.
For more details, email Director of Education, Jordan Smith.
Selected in January 2019, these 14 books formed the foundation of reading and discussion activities. Staff and parent participants each received individual copies.