Reach Children’s Book Series

In 2013, the teen tutors of Reach Incorporated defined an important mission: to create stories the students they tutored could relate to. They knew that there is a troubling shortage of characters and authors of color in the children's book market, and they set out to change that,  as well as to produce stories that would foster a love of reading.

Over the years in our workshops, Reach teens brainstorm the stories that are missing from their students’ reading. Their inspirations range from the serious to the silly, as they set out to represent their and their students lives on the page. Throughout the summer, they work with story coaches and emerging artists to write, revise, and design their stories. At the end of each year, these teens produce four new emotionally resonant and totally engaging original children's books.

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