Real Reads

About the Program

TBF’s newest outreach program, Real Reads, connects teenage students with authors that resonate specifically with them. Every student receives a copy of the author’s book, practices reading and writing through peer-based book study, and connects with the author through an in-person session. Before the session, students prepare thoughtful questions and key discussion points they’d like to ask the author.

Real Reads Authors

Previous Real Reads authors include Jason Reynolds, Jacqueline Woodson, Angie Thomas, Nic Stone, Erika Sánchez, Matt Mendez, and Kwame Alexander.

Author Jacqueline Woodson reads from her book “Harbor Me”

For more information about Real Reads, please contact Michelle Hernandez, School & Community Programs Coordinator, at