The Bronx is Reading

The Bronx is Reading


In celebration of Latin & Hispanic Heritage Month, we're highlight some of our favorite Latin & Hispanic owned bookstores:

Sandcastle Tales of Del Mar | Chukaruka | Many Moonz Bookz and Brewz | Cellar Door Books | LibroMobile | Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore | Third House Books | Libélula | Libreria Giron, Inc. | Red Stick Reads | Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews | Bronx Bound Books | Miranda Writes Bookstore | The Bronx is Reading | The Lit. Bar | Cafe con Libros, Bk | CHAU, LUNA Spanish-Language Books for Children | Buffalo Street Books | Kew and Willow Books | Bluestockings Cooperative | Hipocampo Children's Books | The Phoenix Bookstore | The Storybook Garden

*This is not a complete list.
Bronx Prep High celebrated literacy this past weekend with The Bronx is Reading by attending the second annual #TheBronxIsReadingDay! Scholars enjoyed activities like:

Free Books📚
Story Time Reading📖
Poetry Workshop by the ✨amazing✨ #BronxPoetLaureate Haydil Henriquez✍️
And So Much More!
#literacy #DPPSCivics #DPPS #DemocracyPrep
Powerful reading recommendations for #HispanicHeritageMonth / #LatinxHeritageMonth, including bookseller recs from The Bronx is Reading and Booklandia from the newsletter!
The Bronx is Reading's Founder Saraciea Fennell shares her favorite NYC online cultural experiences from Apollo Theater, Wave Hill, Like A Local Tours, Bronx Zoo, NYPL The New York Public Library, PEN America, and The New York Landmarks Conservancy as a part of our #VirtualNYC Curator Collections.

Explore her collection today! ⬇
The Bronx Book Festival starts today with The Bronx is Reading. Find out more information here:

Join me on Sunday morning with your cup of coffee. I'll be chatting with Leah Clark. It's virtual so pajamas are just fine. 😉

#BronxBookFest #BXBF
Halfway through the year and there's still a lot of exciting writing events to look forward to! Which one of these BIPOC writing events will you be attending? Check out The Bronx is Reading, Asian American Writers' Workshop, National Black Writers Conference (NBWC), Publishing in Color , and FIYAHCON.
#tight5 #DiversityThroughStorytelling #writing #writingcommunity #BIPOC #BronxBookFestival #The2021PublishingConference #NationalBlackWritersConference #PublishinginColor #FIYAHCON
Saraciea J. Fennell is a Black Honduran writer, publicist, and social entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of The Bronx is Reading, a multidimensional initiative that includes the annual Bronx Book Festival (June 11–13). Here, Fennell shares her favorite NYC online cultural experiences, including those from PEN America, The New York Landmarks Conservancy, the Apollo Theater, the Bronx Zoo, Like A Local Tours, NYPL The New York Public Library, Wave Hill, and, of course, The Bronx Is Reading.

Presented in partnership with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA)
Mark your calendars: The Bronx is Reading's Bronx Book Festival is June 11-13! Get ready by checking out these audiobooks by award-winning authors.
Saraciea J. Fennell is a Black Honduran writer, publicist, and social entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of The Bronx is Reading, a multidimensional initiative that includes the annual Bronx Book Festival (June 11–13, a literacy program, a book club, and a pop-up and online bookstore in her home borough. Here, Fennell shares her favorite NYC online cultural experiences, including those from PEN America, The New York Landmarks Conservancy, the Apollo Theater, the Bronx Zoo, Like A Local Tours, NYPL The New York Public Library, Wave Hill, and, of course, The Bronx Is Reading.

Presented in Partnership with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA)
The Bronx is Reading's Saraciea J Fennell shares her fave NYC online tours -- including Apollo Theater, Wave Hill, Like A Local Tours, Bronx Zoo, @nypl, PEN America & The New York Landmarks Conservancy -- as part of our NYC: The Official Guide/New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Curator Collections:
🔥 Hot off the press: “#Technology • #Innovation • #Publishing - Issue #146” - Highlights this wk from BoSacks, Mari Smith, NYC Media Lab, Reese’s Book Club, The Bronx is Reading, The 19th News, Cornell Tech at Bloomberg, Nightfire, NYC Council Member Mark Levine, TurboVote, We Need Diverse Books, HubSpot, @packyM @miralsattar @gbrotman @ElaheIzadi @benedictevans @TurboVax on #podcasting #Apple #ML #AI #Amazon #Spotify #Facebook #Discord #Audio #photography #magazines #clubhouse #socialaudio #libraries #LoveLibraries #advertising #video #adtech #ecommerce #LitUp #amquerying #writingcommunity #MachinesMedia21
We are so excited to announce that Rina Madhani, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Start Lighthouse, is a finalist for The Bronx is Reading’s Mover & Shaker of the Year Award!

This award was created by The Bronx is Reading to “honor a literary revolutionary within the Bronx community,” and Rina has definitely earned this recognition. This past year, since launching Start Lighthouse during the height of the pandemic, she has worked tirelessly to realize her hope for the Bronx: literacy and destiny are no longer defined by an individual’s race or zip-code. She and her team engage with students, educators, and families in the community to promote literacy, multicultural awareness, and racial justice, and in the process, they combat the inequities and lack of representation in our education system each day.

Stay tuned for an upcoming link to vote for a winner, so you can support Rina and Start Lighthouse in winning this wonderful award!
#startlighthouse #access #diversity #education #empowerment #equity #literacy⁠⁠
#bookaccess #bookdrive #culturallyresponsive #endbookdeserts⁠⁠
#activism #blavity #blm #educatorsforjustice #racialjustice

The first traditional book festival geared toward all ages to hit the Bronx! #TheBronxisReading

Operating as usual

Photos from The Bronx is Reading's post 04/24/2022

Aye help us make a splash for our first in-person event for 2022! We’ve got some jammed packed programming for y’all this Saturday, April 30th in celebration of ! Be sure to pull up to The Andrew Freedman Home for this FREE event. Masks required 😷

Storytime Readings + Poetry Workshop by Haydil Henriquez @thehaydilhenriquez

Live Readings featuring two contributors from Janel Martinez @janelm and Zakiya N. Jamal @zakiyanjamal

Poetry Reading from award-winning poet Roya Marsh @champagnepoet

Plus we’ll be raffling off select swag

We also have partnered with the to sell books for the On Police & Protest virtual panel at 10am ET. Be sure to get your tickets + purchase books 👇🏽

Photos from The Bronx is Reading's post 04/23/2022

Even though it’s the 🏀⛹🏽‍♀️⛹🏻⛹🏾‍♂️ we hope you’re all staying on top of your reading lists!!

And your nose in a book!😉📖

📷 Nathaniel S. Butler + Andrew D. Bernstein


Happy !! 🌎 🌴🦋🐨🦑🐸🍄🌸

Here are 3 books recs that got us thinking about how we can better love and take care of our earth 🫂🌍

Do you have other recommendations? Let us know in the comments 👇🏽

A FIELD GUIDE TO CLIMATE ANXIETY by Sarah Jaquette Ray @sarahjaquetteray
“Gen Z's first "existential toolkit" for combating eco-guilt and burnout while advocating for climate justice.”

A BIGGER PICTURE by Vanessa Nakate @vanessanakate1
“A manifesto and memoir about climate justice and how we can—and must—build a livable future for all, inclusive to all, by a rising star of the global climate movement.”

THE HUNGRY TIDE by Amitav Ghosh
“Piya Roy is a young marine biologist, of Indian descent but stubbornly American, who has come here in search of a rare, endangered river dolphin. She enlists the aid of a local fisherman and a translator, and soon their fates on the waterways will be determined by the forces of nature and human folly.”


Yerrr, we finally have a new middle grade novel from the award-winning author @coebooth!

CAPRICE by Coe Booth is an astonishing middle-grade novel about a girl overcoming the secrets and abuse of her past.

This should be an exciting time for Caprice. She has been offered a place at the school of her dreams, where she's just had a fantastic summer. But this great opportunity coincides with a lot of internal doubt and the disturbing news that her long-estranged grandmother has fallen ill and may be near death. As Caprice tries to figure out her future, she is pulled back toward her past, and the abuse she endured from her uncle when she was little -- an abuse she's never told anyone about.

With extreme sensitivity and honesty for middle-grade readers, Coe Booth has written a painful but ultimately healing novel about finding support from your parents and friends, articulating your truth, and choosing your own path.

About the Author
Coe Booth is a graduate of The New School's Writing for Children MFA program, and a winner of the LA Times Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction. She is the author of Tyrell and Kendra, and was born and still lives in the Bronx.


Happy birthday to Cynthia Ozick!! 🎉🎂🗣

This has been writing for over 7 decades (!!!) and was even a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Join us in wishing her a happy birthday as she turns 94 years old today! 🥳

Do you have a favorite piece written by Cynthia?


Mover & Shaker Award of the Year nominations now open!


Join us for on Saturday, April 30th from 10-2pm where we will be hanging out in-person at The Andrew Freedman Home hosting our pop-up bookstore, doing Storytime events, select author readings, and signings. Be sure to come through!


We love seeing and editor @tinyrepbooks Amber Amber] posted at The Met repping the book she edited by @gracedli Have you checked out this yet? Add it to your TBR now before it hits Netflix!

Amber] 📷 @dedicationpaysoff


New on the blog we’re recommending six books for you to read in celebration of ! You can find these selections in our online bookstore too.


Happy Monday ! We’re kicking off our week with a new stack of books. The paperback edition of @rebeccaroanhorse’s the gorgeous @7storiespress edition of by and by one of our favorite debut author’s @nia.davenport. What are you reading this week? Have you read any of these books yet? Let us know in the comments.


Herstory toray! The Honorable Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has officially been confirmed as the FIRST Black female justice in the Supreme Court's 233-year history.

Can’t wait for all of the books that will be written to celebrate this amazing event in American history.

Does anyone know the artist? We’d love to tag’em


Happy Friday . What books are you planning to curl up with and read this weekend?

📸 Actress Demi Singleton for W Magazine

Photos from The Bronx is Reading's post 03/27/2022

Yerrrrr let’s bring a children’s to ! Recently we heard there’s a petition to bring back Barnes & Noble 🧐 instead we’d like to encourage folks to support the folks already in the Bronx like Bronx Bound Books, Boogie Down Books, The Lit Bar, Miranda Writes, and of course us, @thebronxisreading!

promotes literacy and fosters a love of reading, empowering the next generation of writers.

We’ve been bringing literacy, programming, events, and authors to the Bronx since 2018.

This vibrant book loving community has often been understated and overlooked.

Help us change that! Join the literary revolution. Donate to our fund! 👇🏽

Photos from The Bronx is Reading's post 03/24/2022

So excited to be on this journey & part of the program let’s go 😆🙌🏽


These local Changemakers were selected for our Communitas Ventures program, where they'll receive entrepreneurial support, community, and the experience of pitching for our 10k Communitas Award to continue paving the way for more equitable ecosystems:

Selma Nunez of Agricumami Consulting LLC
Ashley Rodriguez of @allthingsgrooming
Marcellis Counts of @apiary_inthe_sky
Victoria Coker of @blackwebfest
Janel Cloyd of Black Women's Echo Chamber (@janelcloyd)
Flora Montes of @bronxfashion
Aleicia Hutchinson of @budgetingbackwards
Madara Saumie Vithana of Central Harlem Provision
Natasha Johnson of @dotzz2021
Ashley Johnson of @flowereffectco
Greg Chan of GrownUp Stash
Daquan Hawkins of @we.are.lbx
Elissa Carmona of @morrisaniaband
Ninoska Alvarez of @motthavenfilmfestival
Simone Gamble of @oaaars
Lance Troh of Own Kicks
Saira Patel of @lip_media
Tea Ingram of @thebronxcollab
Saraciea Fennell of @thebronxisreading
Lucas Addo of @trac_autism
Laura Jean-Jacques of @zansetteaco


to when I was filming the crowdfund video for our brick n mortar bookstore and @thebronxer caught me in action 😅 but real talk, donate to our crowdfund campaign and help us make this bookstore thang a reality for bronxites uptown!


Happy birthday to Coe Booth @coebooth 🎂🎊 we hope you have a wonderful day and can’t wait for your next book, coming this May!


We’ve raised over $24k to bring a children’s and general interest bookstore to ! Shout out to everyone that has donated so far!

Our goal is to purchase a building that will become our permanent space in the community. Tell us in the comments what neighborhood we should bring the store to 🧐 We’ve narrowed it down to these areas: Fordham, Parkchester, East Tremont, White Plains Road


Next week! We’re hosting best-selling author @k.ancrum in celebration of @iamtigtorres podcast book adaption on Tuesday, March 22 @ 7PM via Crowdcast. RSVP for this FREE event 👇🏽


Yerrrrrr happy ! In case you missed it @thebronxisreading is currently raising funds to bring another bookstore uptown! There’s a literary revolution happening in and you can be part of this change by donating money to our campaign, spreading the word about the crowdfund, or sharing kind words of support 🙏🏽. Let’s do this together 🙅🏽‍♀️🙅🏽‍♀️

Photos from The Bronx is Reading's post 02/28/2022

We love seeing our local leaders representing the importance of reading within our community! Thanks for being a wonderful bookish role model for young readers in the boogie down @jamaaltbailey36 👏🏽📚

“Our children are living Black History. As we celebrate Black History Month, I wanted to share some of my
favorite children's books from the collection that lift up Black voices and stories, from small independent authors, to sports stars, and everyone in between.”


Hey fam! I’m still here, doing a [email protected] in my stories ask me anything related to TBIR 😃 and also, tell me what you’re reading these days?? 👇🏽👇🏽


to when two of the coolest people ever to the time to shout out and our founder and CEO @sj_fennell! The Bronx is Reading continues to promote bookish events in our community to help foster a love of reading among children, teens, and adults in . Help us level up by opening a bookstore and dedicated space in our community to continue this work.


Have you finished our January Bookish Gang book pick selection: by Tarana Burke? It was a moving read! We’ll be announcing our February pick next, stay tuned for more!


Today is and Bronx Poet Laureate @thehaydilhenriquez has selected by Matthew A. Cherry illustrated by Vashti Harrison as her favorite book to read out loud. Check our stories to listen to her read this amazing picture book perfect way to kickoff your celebration of while you’re at it!

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