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Learning from Authors of Children’s & Professional Books

New York City is the publishing capital of the world, and both the Reading and Writing Project LLC and the parent organization, The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, have a reputation for rallying teachers and parents towards specific books. Then, too, at Teachers College, Lucy Calkins holds the chaired position of Robinson Professor in Children’s Literature that honors Dick Robinson, President of Scholastic.

It is not surprising, therefore, that we work in close partnership with the authors of many children’s books. For example, James Howe, author of more than eighty picture books and novels for children, including Bunnicula, taught a semester-long course within the Literacy Specialist Program at TC on writing for children and has been a favorite keynote speaker at many events. In recent years, we have also welcomed Pam Muñoz Ryan, Kate DiCamillo, Walter Dean Myers, Patricia MacLachlan, Katherine Paterson, Jon Scieszka, Tomie dePaola, and Mem Fox, among others. The teachers and school administrators who attend our events tell us time and again that the children’s book authors we bring are a favorite part of those days because they give us a vision of what imaginative, inspirational teaching looks like in the form of a beloved book. And books, of course, are at the heart of our reading and writing work with children.

In addition to the children’s book authors who work closely with the Project, our colleagues in the field of education are regular speakers and workshop leaders at our events. Their professional texts inform much of our work. Colleagues and authors who are on our agenda this year include James Comer, Ernest Morrell, Jim Trelease, and Douglas Rushkoff. Repeat speakers include Katherine Bomer, Ralph Fletcher, Douglas Rushkoff, Kathy Collins, Carl Anderson, Lester Laminack, Georgia Heard, Ginny Lockwood, Kylene Beers, Tim Rasinski, Stephanie Harvey, and Celia Oyler.

Many of you have asked us how to bring these authors to your communities. We would be happy to assist you with this request when possible. Please send a written request to Laurie Pessah

For more information about receiving professional development services from the Project, please contact Kathy Neville at

We also offer an array of services that are held at Teachers College, and purchased through the TCRWP. For more information, please visit the TCRWP website or inquire via email