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Center for Education Outreach

The Read Aloud Series brings award-winning authors and literature to life on 92Y’s stage promoting literacy for thousands of public school children.

For 140 years, 92Y has been engaged in ideas — often in connection with the written word. Today, in addition to welcoming the world’s best minds to its stage, 92Y continues to celebrate literacy. Whether through 92Y’s Unterberg Poetry Center or Education Outreach programs, 92Y not only helps children and adults to read and write, but to love reading and writing, to be truly literate, and to be able to express their ideas — and themselves — through the written word.

92Y Read Aloud Series was launched in collaboration with Random House Children’s Books in 2013 featuring award-winning author Mary Pope Osborne with the latest installment of her Magic Tree House series with a live performances by Jack and Annie, the main characters in her book. The Read Aloud Series is completely free to over 900 New York City public school children promoting the joy and love of reading.

“Don Brown, author of Aaron and Alexander: The Most Famous Duel in American History, told the students that he was a struggling reader when he was young. Even with this challenge, he was able to rise up and be a successful author of children's books. This tells the students that they can be successful in life no matter what challenges they face in school.” – Ms. Charley Sindab, PS 30

“Bronx Charter School for Excellence scholars were very excited about actually meeting the authors of the books that were introduced … afterwards, we were excited and interested about learning more and reading the books in class. We look forward to visiting the 92Y again!” – Mr. Boylan, Bronx Charter School for Excellence

Upcoming Events

Feb 28, 10:30 am – Girls in Science: National Science Day Read Aloud: Celebrate National Science Day with an interactive read-aloud featuring zoologist-turned-author Jess Keating, as she presents her award-winning picture book biography, Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist.

Past Events

Nov 14, 10:30 am – Read Aloud: National Book Awards Teen Press Conference: The National Book Awards Teen Press Conference brings the excitement of the most prestigious literary award in the country to New York City’s middle and high school students. Held during National Book Awards week, Teen Press Conference invites school groups to attend a literary event that is curated just for them.

Mar 13, 10:30 am – A Poem For Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day: Join award winning children’s book author Andrea Davis Pinkney for a reading of A Poem For Peter. Ms. Pinkneys’ lyrical narrative tells the inspiring story of a boy who pursued a dream, and who, in turn, inspired generations of other dreamers.

Nov 15, 10:30 am – Read Aloud: National Book Award Teen Press Conference: At the annual National Book Awards Teen Press Conference, middle and high school students from New York City’s public and private schools play the role of reporters as they direct questions to the five Finalists for the 2016 National Book Award in Young People's Literature.

Nov 1, 10:30 am – Vote Here: A Pre-Election Reading: Join award winning children’s book authors Gene Barretta and Don Brown for a pre-election reading as we travel back in history for captivating stories about four key figures in American politics.

Apr 4, 10:30 am – Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci: Join children’s book author, Gene Barreta, for a reading of his wondrous story about an artist, inventor, engineer, and scientist, Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci wrote and drew detailed descriptions of what would later become hang gliders, automobiles, robots, and much more. Gene Barretta cleverly shows how Leonardo's ideas―many inspired by his love of nature―foreshadowed modern inventions, offering a window into the future.

Mar 2, 10:30 am – Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!: A Seussational Celebration of the Genius of Storytelling for NEA’s Read Across America: Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Celebrate the genius of everybody’s favorite storyteller at this whimsical read-aloud. March 2 is a very special day indeed—not only is it Dr. Seuss’s birthday, but it’s also the first day of the National Education Association’s Read Across America initiative. Hear bestselling authors and media personalities read from their favorite Dr. Seuss books and enjoy live musical performances. Please come in costume! Every classroom leaves with a 25th anniversary edition of Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, courtesy of Random House.

Mar 16, 10:30 am – Bad Kitty: In celebration of 10 chaotic, mischievous and catastrophic years of everyone's favorite grumpy feline, Nick Bruel will share with students what he’s learned in the ten years he’s been writing and illustrating the immensely popular Bad Kitty series. Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group will be donating copies of the special 10th Anniversary edition of the very first Bad Kitty picture book to each class that attends.

Nov 17, 10:30 am – National Book Award Teen Press Conference: At the annual National Book Awards Teen Press Conference, middle and high school students from New York City’s public and private schools play the role of reporters as they direct questions to the five Finalists for the 2015 National Book Award in Young People's Literature. Participating schools will receive a copy of one of the finalist’s books. Jacqueline Woodson, a previous National Book Award Winner in Young People's Literature, will emcee.

Dec 19, 4 pm – New York City Youth Poet Laureate Competition: In partnership with Urban Word NYC and NYC Votes, 92Y presents the New York City Youth Poet Laureate Slam Finals to identify youth writers and leaders who are committed to youth voting, poetry and performance, and social justice issues across NYC. The event will showcase the top teen poets in NYC, as well as announce the 2015-16 NYC Youth Poet Laureate who will receive a book deal from Penmanship Books.

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