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Popular Authors Paired with New York Schools for Adopt-a-School Events

AAP’s annual initiative to encourage literacy, love of reading draws record number of authors, publishers

NEW YORK, December 2, 2014 -- Almost 50 schools within New York City are participating in this year’s Adopt-a-School program. The weeklong event, which runs December 1-5, brings popular children’s and teen authors and illustrators to the classrooms, libraries, and auditoriums of 21 elementary, 14 middle schools, and 12 high schools across all five boroughs to bring the joy of reading directly to the city’s next generation of readers.

Adopt-a-School encourages literacy and reading for school-age children and teenagers through interaction with authors. The program matches Association of American Publishers (AAP) and Children’s Book Council (CBC) member publishers with public schools provided by the New York Department of Education’s Office of Strategic Partnerships. The program, now in its ninth year, has become more robust every year, with new authors and schools participating. There was record involvement from publishers this year, with 23 large and small publishers participating, bringing diverse authors and perspectives to the schools.

This year’s roster of authors includes NY Times best-sellers, award-winners, acclaimed artists, journalists and teachers, among others, who have published well-known and beloved books. Authors partner with schools to host a customized and interactive event that may include reading from their book, answering questions, and leading discussions.

“The Association of American Publishers is pleased to again coordinate this year’s Adopt-a-School in New York, where many US publishers are housed. Books help to engage and delight the minds of young readers across the world, and this program is a wonderful way for publishers to bring reading to them in a tangible and impactful way,” said Tina Jordan, Vice President of the Association of American Publishers.

“Because of our partnership with the AAP, hundreds of students will have the opportunity to experience an author. Bringing books and the literary form to life allows students to become more conscious of their own reading and writing skills. It also teaches students other skills by allowing them to research their particular author and craft thoughtful questions,” said Arlene Dominguez, Program Director, School Based Partnerships for the New York City Department of Education.

Below is a list of participating authors:

Aaron Starmer, Adam Gustavson, Alison Formento, Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Amy Herrick, Barbara Krasner , Barnabas Miller, Bridget Starr Taylor, C.J. Farley, Carin Berger, Carol Weston, Chris Nicola , Daphne Benedis-Grab, Elizabeth Bird , Elizabeth Kiem, Emily McCully, Eric Devine, Gae Polisner, George Hagen, Georgia Clark, Heather Demetrios, Heather Swain, Jason Edwards, Jason Fry, Jennifer E. Smith, Jennifer Wolf Kam, Justin Martin, Karen Ostrove, Kathy Kinney (aka “Mrs. P”), L.A. Campbell, Laura Pedersen, Laura Schroff, Micol Ostow, Mike Curato, Pat Brisson, Patty Blount, Paul Griffin, Polly Shulman, Steve Metzger, StoryCorps, T Cooper, T. Neill Anderson, Tara Altebrando, Tim Hamilton, and Una LaMarche

MEDIA NOTE: If you are interested in covering specific communities, authors or dates, please contact Marisa Bluestone, AAP Communications Director, at mbluestone@publishers.org.


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