We’re all authors! BtB students celebrate their first published book

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A student reads his work to author Susanna Pitzer

As author Susanna Pitzer entered the second grade classroom at PS 46 in Fort Greene, the seven year-old students instantly lit up and rushed to give her a warm welcome. Susanna’s book, Not Afraid of Dogs, was the centerpiece of a several part program where students wrote short stories based on their personal experiences with fear. Last week, BtB and PS 46 hosted a publishing party for the class’ finished book: Tales That Make You Afraid to Read.

The eight students in Mr. Braverman’s class have each been diagnosed with a learning disability, however, this obstacle didn’t stop them from producing strikingly creative work.

At the party, each student read their story out loud to the class and displayed their watercolor illustrations. Carli, a bubbly young girl, shared her story about being scared of wolves and how she overcame this fear by letting a wolf lick her hand. Several parents were also in attendance.

Once students shared their stories, Susanna invited the class to autograph all the copies. After all, everyone is an author! We even got our copy autographed!

BtB founder Jo Umans with her signed copy of "Stories That Make You Afraid to Read"

BtB founder Jo Umans with her signed copy of “Stories That Make You Afraid to Read”

To wrap up the party, each student received an personalized card from Susanna showing appreciation for their hard work and creativity. Refreshments, including apple juice and cookies, were enjoyed by all.
BtB is looking forward to our continued partnership with PS 46 and all of the talented young students there! Check out all the photos from the party on our facebook page.
Special thanks to our guest blogger, Steven Pastores from Columbia University and to Kelly Blose, one of the many volunteer book designers who help us create beautiful student books.
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