Our Mission

The Bronx Book Festival aims to promote literacy and foster a love of reading among children, teens, and adults. The festival will cover a wide range of topics relevant to the Bronx community through panels, workshops, and more with award-winning and bestselling authors, illustrators, and creators. The festival will help build the reading culture in the Bronx and become the premier literary experience open to Bronx residents and the general public.

The Bronx Book Festival is proud to present The Bronx is Reading literacy program, which will take place on June 7, 2019 in the Bronx. 

Many children attending Title I schools in the Bronx have never owned their own books or experienced an author visit. The Bronx Book Festival aims to change that with The Bronx is Reading. This literacy program seeks to create an interest for reading among young people while also promoting reading and writing skills through engaging author visits, reading group guides from publishers, and new books for children. The Bronx Book Festival will also donate books to each participating school’s library for all students to enjoy.

All Bronx schools that qualify as Title I are encouraged to apply. If selected, schools will be asked to sign an agreement and provide detailed enrollment information to The Bronx Book Festival (in accordance with FERPA guidelines). Applications will be scored on eligibility, need, and completion.


Meet the Team

About the Founder

Saraciea Fennell is the founder of The Bronx is Reading - Bronx Book Festival. She is also a book publicist who has worked with many award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors like Daniel José Older, Tui T. Sutherland, Peter Sís, Chris Colfer, Deborah Wiles, Javaka Steptoe, and many more. Fennell is passionate about books and devours anything sci-fi/fantasy related in books, TV, and movies. She sits on on the steering committee for Latinx in Publishing and on the advisory board for People of Color in Publishing. You can find her somewhere in NYC boxing or practicing yoga in the next up and coming studio. The Bronx Times listed her as one of 25 Influential Women in 2018, she was listed on the Bitch Media 50 list for 2018, part of the Unsung Hero Campaign for Nike, and included among Remezcla’s 30 Latinxs who made an impact in 2018. Currently, she is pursuing an MFA at Lesley University and has studied under David Elliott, Jason Reynolds, A.J. Verdelle, and Tracey Baptiste. She splits her time between the Bronx and Brooklyn, but will always rep the Bronx. Visit www.saracieafennell.com for more on Saraciea or follow her on social @sj_fennell.


About the Committees

The 2019 planning committee is made up of Bronxites, publishing professionals and more.

Adult Planning Committee Chair: Ebony LaDelle

Kidlit Planning Committee Chair: Shelly Romero

Kidlit Planning Committee Chair: Nicola

Graphic Designers: Theresa Evangelista and Jasmine Cordero

Publicity: Ro Ferguson, Lizzy Mason, Alex Hill