The Bronx is Reading Literacy Program

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

The power of reading is in its ability to help us imagine different worlds, understand and celebrate our own, and create bridges between the two. We all tap into that power differently— some by smelling the pages of a book we love at home or seeing a writer talk about their work. Many students attending Title I schools in the Bronx have never owned a book or experienced an author visit. The Bronx Book Festival aims to change that, encouraging a deeper interest in reading among young people while promoting reading and writing skills.  

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.

The Bronx Book Festival is no longer accepting applications for The Bronx is Reading Literacy Program that brings new books, authors, and reading guides to Title I Bronx schools.

Please note that The Bronx is Reading is dependent on funding availability. All details subject to change.


2020 Participants


2019 Participants


Nic Stone

Author of Dear Martin


Erika Sanchez

Author of I Am Not Your Perfect
Mexican Daughter


Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Author of Two Naomis


2018 Participants


Elizabeth Acevedo

Author of The Poet X


Sayantani DasGupta

Author of The Serpent's Secret


Tracey Baptiste

Author of The Jumbies