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Top-Selling Authors Adopt New York Area Schools, Meet with Local Students

AAP's Adopt-a-School initiative to encourage literacy launches

New York; December 9, 2011 — Nearly 40 popular authors of fiction and non-fiction, representing 21 national publishing houses, will connect with the new generation of readers at 30 New York area schools starting next week as the sixth Association of American Publishers’ (AAP) Adopt-a-School Initiative to encourage literacy launches.
The Adopt-a-School program is aimed at improving literacy and encouraging reading through interaction by authors with area students. This year’s program will run from mid-December through Spring and includes elementary, middle and high schools in Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. The events will feature top-selling, well-known authors of children’s and young adults’ books doing readings, answering questions and sharing other dialogue in classroom, library and auditorium settings. The well-received effort is a collaboration between AAP, the New York City Department of Education, the Children’s Book Council and the schools’ librarians. This year, the program will be extended to schools in California, Wisconsin, Virginia and Rhode Island.
A full list of the New York area schools with events currently confirmed are below. The confirmed participating authors and publishing houses to date are:

Peter Ackerman, Godine

Ellen Bari, Kar-Ben Publishing

Bobbi Carducci, Tate Publishing

BrainQuest Challenge, Workman Publishing

Sally Cook, Simon & Schuster

Celebrity author (TBA), Penguin

Gitty Daneshvari, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Tracey Dockray, Macmillan Children’s

Greg Foley, HarperCollins

Chris Grant, Random House

Tommy Greenwald, Macmillan Children’s

Jenny Han, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Leanna Renee Heiber, Sourcebooks

Don Hoffman, Charlesbridge

Rebecca Jackson, Good Parent, Good Child

Nancy Krulik, Scholastic

Josh Lewis, Disney

David Lubar, Tor/Forge

Barry Lyga, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Noel MacNeal, Workman

Kate McMullen, HarperCollins

Steve Metzger, Scholastic

Gina Otto, Sterling

Helen Perelman, Simon & Schuster

Jason Pinter, Sourcebooks

Gail Polisner, Macmillan Children’s

Sarah Porter, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Gbemi Rhuday-Perkovich, Scholastic

Sujean Rim, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Michael Sandler, Bearport Publishing

Steve Savage, Scholastic

Cara Lynn Shultz, Harlequin TEEN


Audrey Vernick, HarperCollins

Frank Viva, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers


The confirmed schools are:


Urban Assembly for Civic Engagement 366X

CS150X — Charles James Fox

PS 360X

PS386 School for Environmental Citizenship

PS 102X — Joseph O. Loretan School for Creative Arts

St. Joseph’s School


PS 131K

PS 32K

PS 10

The Science and Medicine Middle School, Shirley Chisholm Campus

East Brooklyn Community High

IS347 School of Humanities


PS 375M — Mosaic Prep

CS 154M — Harriet Tubman

East Side Community HS

George Jackson Academy

The High School for Arts and Technology

The Manhattan Theatre Lab High School

New York Harbor School 551M — Governors Island

Facing History School 303M

Good Shepherd School


IS 204Q

PS 62Q

PS 60 Woodhaven

PS 63Q

PS 184 Flushing Manor

Staten Island

PS 21R — Margaret Emergy-Elm Park

Tottenville High School