Dr. Raquel M. Ortiz has been chosen by Behind the Book to share her children’s book Sofi and the Magic, Musical Mural / Sofi y el mágico mural musical (Arte Público Press) with first graders in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Behind the Book’s mission is to inspire New York City public school students to love reading by bringing accomplished authors and their books into classrooms and creating rich, innovative literacy programs. The programs take place in underserved public schools throughout New York City. Behind the Book identifies books that speak to urban youth and invites the authors of these books into the classroom. First, Behind the Book supplies a curriculum guide and lesson plan for the teacher to follow and a copy of the author’s book for each child in the classroom. Then, there are a series of author-led workshops where the author explores a genre of writing and guides students in the creation and publication of their own original work through a series of workshops. Dr. Ortiz will leads the students in a writing project to create and edit their own original work during her author visits with Public School 46 this May, helping to foster a life-long love of reading, writing and learning.