If you want to raise a reader, be a
reader. Make the space, and time,
for books you read for yourself.
–The New York Times
Born out of a partnership with the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD), the Raising Readers initiative 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. This innovative program provides paid professional development training for out-of-school time provider staff who work with young people through after-school and summer programs, and pairs staff with NBF teaching artists to collaboratively run book clubs for parents at sites across New York City, complete with book giveaways, high-profile author talks, and book shopping opportunities for participants.