Our Program

Key Principles

  • All children deserve access to quality books.
  • Everyone has a story to tell.
  • Supporting young children’s appreciation of story and the written word is transformative.
  • Engaging families is paramount to students’ literacy development.

For Schools

The Author Experience partners with schools for 3-5 years. An AE partnership highlights the connection between reading and writing and celebrates the written word. We introduce students and their families to living like a writer—observing, reacting and thinking about the world -- all of which empower students to engage and take action.

The partnership includes:
  • An author visit to all second-grade classrooms (each year)
  • A signed book by the visiting author
  • A bagful of books for each student, classroom, and the school library
  • A writing notebook and pen
  • Follow-up Skype visits
  • A parent engagement event (Parents receive a writing notebook too.)
We partner with schools that have at least 80% of their student population receiving free or reduced lunch. Partnership for schools is free but Title 1 funding can be used to support the partnership. If you think your school might be interested in partnering with The Author Experience, please complete and submit an interest form.

(AE works with schools in New York City and New Jersey. We are hoping to expand to other locations in the future.)

For Authors/Illustrators

There may be no more rewarding moment than when an author or illustrator meets his/her audience!

The Author Experience provides classroom author/illustrator visits to second-grade classrooms in low-income neighborhoods. We partner with each school for 3-5 years to cultivate a love of the written word and a celebration of story. In addition, AE extends beyond the classroom by facilitating a family engagement event.

Each school visit includes:
  • An author visit to all second-grade classrooms (each year)
  • A signed book by the visiting author
  • A bagful of books for each student, classroom, and the school library
  • A writing notebook and pen
  • A follow-up Skype visit
  • A parent engagement event (Parents receive a writing notebook too.)
If you are an author or illustrator who enjoys working with students in their classroom and developing a lasting relationship with schools, please submit an interest form. We happily accept book donations and have various ways to recognize your contributions.

(AE works with schools in New York City and New Jersey. We are hoping to expand to other locations in the future.)

For Publishers

As any publisher knows, the world of literacy can be life-changing for a child. The Author Experience provides classroom author/illustrator visits to schools with students facing socioeconomic challenges. We partner with each school for 3-5 years to cultivate a love of the written word and a celebration of story. In addition, AE extends beyond the classroom by facilitating a family engagement event.

If you have an author or illustrator who enjoys working with students in their classroom and developing a lasting relationship with the school, please fill out our interest form. AE currently works with schools in New York City and New Jersey. We are hoping to expand to other locations in the future.

We happily accept book donations and have various ways to recognize your contributions.
Why Sharing Stories and Celebrating the Written Word Matter