Authors-in-Schools Program

We believe that powerful interactions between the creators of children’s books and underserved K-8 students in Boston motivate children to become better readers and writers. Author visits and residencies organized by Wondermore extend and enhance the curriculum in underserved Boston public schools, inspire and support teachers and librarians, and provide new ways to engage students in reading and writing.

In addition to these effects on literacy engagement, Wondermore author and illustrator programs offer a profound opportunity for the dynamic, inspiring creators of children’s books to meet, work with, and share their creative journeys with both students and teachers.

School visits are connected directly to the curriculum and focus on topics such as using detail in writing, telling a story in nonfiction, reading and writing poetry, biography, speeches, folktales, graphic novels, science writing, and connecting stories and pictures.

We donate books by the visiting author or illustrator in advance to every classroom and school library that we visit.


Last school year…

  • 2,831 young readers and writers became inspired by meeting an author

  • 1,947 new books were donated to students during an author visit

  • 123 under-resourced Boston K-8 classrooms were visited by an author