After-school Programs

Earth Defenders 2021
The Earth Defenders in Fall 2021 exploring and learning from their surrounding ecosystems in local parks. ::  Los Defensores del Planeta en el otoño del 2021 explorando y aprendiendo de los ecosistemas que nos rodean en nuestros parques locales.

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Nuestros programas extracurriculares le dan vida a los libros para lectores de edad escolar y para los que hasta ahora estan aprendiendo a leer y los conectan a la comunidad colaborativa de Word Up. Nuestros artistas docentes experimentados, a menudo miembros actuales o pasados ​​​​del colectivo, brindan un espacio estable para que los jóvenes se involucren y disfruten de la lectura mientras conectan los textos con el mundo que los rodea. Ya sea que el enfoque de una temporada sea nuestro entorno, nuestras historias y culturas, nuestro papel como ciudadanos o todo lo anterior, Word Up desarrolla lectores de conciencia y corazón. Como librería y organización, queremos que la próxima generación esté capacitada para leer el mundo y, con ese conocimiento, ¡dar forma a nuestro futuro!

Los programas extracurriculares de Word Up han sido virtuales, en persona y/o híbridos, y se fortalecen con visitas de autores, actividades artísticas prácticas, debates guiados sobre eventos actuales, excursiones por el vecindario y más. Para permanecer lo más accesible posible, nuestros programas extracurriculares son gratuitos, aunque tenemos una sola tarifa de inscripción de $15.00. Si no puede pagar la tarifa de registro, envíe un correo electrónico a Los libros y suministros del programa extracurricular se proporcionan de forma gratuita.


Our after-school programs bring books to life for school-aged readers and potential readers, who become connected to the highly collaborative Word Up community. Our experienced teaching artists—often present or past Word Up collective members—provide a stable space for youth to engage and find joy in reading while connecting texts to the world around them. Whether a season's focus is our environment, our histories and cultures, our role as citizens, or all of the above, Word Up develops readers of conscience and heart. As a bookstore and organization, we want the next generation to be empowered to read the world and, with that knowledge, shape our collective futures!

Word Up's after-school programs have been virtual, in-person, and/or hybrid, and are fortified by author visits, hands-on art activities, guided discussions of current events, neighborhood field trips, and more. To remain as accessible as possible, our after-school programs are free, though we have a one-time registration fee of $15.00. If you are unable to pay the registration fee, please email After-school program books and supplies are provided free of charge. 

NEW Word Up Kid Comic Club

NEW Earth Defenders Book Club

NEW Uptown Stories: Once Upon Un Tiempo (Bilingual)

Past programs

Featured books

Word Up Kid Comic Club (Grades 1-4)

Word Up Kid Comic Club

*Español abajo* 

Hey kids! Do you love reading comics? Making comics? Wowee zowee, have we got a club for you! Join Jen O. and Memphis on Saturday mornings to read comics and graphic novels together, and to write and draw your own comic book.

Word Up Kid Comic Club is a weekly program for kids (grades 1-4) interested in exploring reading and writing through comics. For the Spring 2022 Semester, this book club will be hosted online. Teaching artists will guide participants through the creation of their own comic books, in addition to shared reading of exciting new kids literature and musical exploration.

Applications due by March 2, 2022

Weekly on Saturdays, 10:00-11:30am, on Zoom
Start date: Saturday, March 5, 2022
Facilitators: Jennifer Ortiz & Memphis Washington

(Psst, older kids: be sure to check out Uptown Stories' comics workshops here.)

¿Te encanta leer o crear historietas? ¡Pues tenemos un club para ti! Acompaña a Jen y Memphis cada sábado por la mañana para leer historietas y novelas gráficas y escribir y dibujar tu propia historieta.

Word Up Kid Comic Club es un programa semanal y virtual para jovenes interesados en explorar la lectura y la escritura a través de historietas. Los artistas docentes guiarán a los participantes a través de la lectura de nuevas publicaciones, la exploración musical, ¡y la creación de sus propias historietas!

Solicitudes hasta el 2 de marzo, 2022

Cada sábado, 10-11:30 am, por Zoom
Fecha de inicio: sábado, 5 de marzo, 2022
Facilitadores: Jennifer Ortiz y Memphis Washington

(Psst, niñes mayores: asegúresen de consultar los talleres de historietas de Uptown Stories aquí.)


Earth Defenders Book Club (Grades 4–5)

Earth Defenders Book Club Jan-June 2022




Español abajo

Calling all aspiring defenders of our one and only planet!

The Earth Defenders is Word Up's after-school program for 4th to 8th graders interested in learning about environmental and social justice themes through reading and conversation. For the Winter/Spring 2022 season, two book clubs will be hosted online: one for 4th and 5th graders, and one for 6th to 8th graders. Both book clubs will run from January to June. 

This program is facilitated by two teaching artists, Renzo Moyano and Em Hirsch.



Book Club for Grades 4 & 5
Tuesdays, 3:30–5:30pm
Starts: Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Ends: Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Book Club for Grades 6, 7, & 8 **POSTPONED**
Thursdays, 3:30–5:30pm
Starts: Thursday, January 20, 2022
Ends: Thursday, June 16, 2022


4th & 5th Graders
1. The Future According to Luz Series by Claudia Davila
2. Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith [selected readings]
3. A Boy Called BAT by Elana K. Arnold
4. Paradise on Fire by Jewell Parker Rhodes

6th, 7th, & 8th Graders**POSTPONED**
1. Forest World by Margarita Engle
2. Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers by Celia C Perez
3. Same Sun Here by Neela Vaswani (local author!) and Silas House

Please consider making a donation to Word Up so that we can continue to offer free and low-cost programing. You can do so by visiting

For more information about the program, email

¡Llamando a todos los defensores de nuestro único planeta!

El club de lectura Defensores del Planeta es una programa extracurricular gratuito para estudiantes de 4º a 8º grado interesados ​​en aprender sobre temas ambientales y de justicia social a través de la lectura y la conversación. Estos clubes serán virtuales y divididos por nivel de grado. Ambos clubes estarán activos desde enero hasta junio. Participantes de 4º y 5º grado se reunirán los martes y los de 6º a 8º grado se reunirán los jueves. Analizaremos la lectura de 3:30-5pm y proporcionaremos ayuda con tarea durante los últimos 30 minutos.

Este programa será facilitado por dos de nuestros coordinadores, Renzo Moyano y Em Hirsch.

Deben aplicar antes del 1/3/2022


Grados 4-5
Cada martes, 3:30-5:30pm
Inicio: martes, 11 de enero del 2022
Fin: martes, 21 de junio del 2022

Grados 6-8 **POSPUESTO**
Cada jueves, 3:30-5:30pm
Inicio: jueves, 13 de enero del 2022
Fin: jueves, 16 de junio del 2022


Grados 4 y 5
1. The Future According to Luz Series por Claudia Davila
2. Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids editado por Cynthia Leitich Smith [lecturas seleccionadas]
3. A Boy Called BAT por Elana K. Arnold
4. Paradise on Fire por Jewell Parker Rhodes

Grados 6, 7, y 8**POSPUESTO**
1. Forest World por Margarita Engle
2. Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers por Celia C Perez
3. Same Sun Here por Neela Vaswani (author local!) y Silas House

Gracias por su interés y por favor considere una donación para ayudarnos a seguir creando nueva programación gratuita y de bajo costo. Puede donar aquí:

Para obtener más información sobre el programa, envíe un correo electrónico a


Special rate - $25!

For many of us, picture books are what first sparked a lifelong joy for reading and crafting stories. From Max's wild rumpus to Sam-I-am's obsession with green eggs and ham, these books stay in our hearts long after the last page has been read. In this bilingual workshop, we'll revisit our favorite children's books through the eyes of a writer and illustrator, getting to the bottom of what makes some books so memorable. Then we'll develop and write our own books - mapping out characters, plot and narration. We'll consider pacing, illustrations, and what special details we can add to keep readers coming back again and again.

You can create a story from scratch, explore a cultural children's story that has been shared with you, or dive into a timeless fairy tale, transforming it into a fascinating page-turner that's all your own.

Uptown Stories gives young writers ages 8-18 the tools they need to tell their own stories. Classes meet once a week for 10 weeks—all in person—providing our students with the space to explore the craft of writing, engage their imaginations, and connect with a community of writers. We have amazing teachers, small class sizes, and an inspiring curriculum. To ensure Uptown Stories is accessible to all children, our tuition policy is “Pay-What-You-Can.”

This bilingual workshop is being presented in partnership with Word Up Community Bookshop, at the Bookshop on Amsterdam and 165th.

**This workshop is available at the special rate of $25 - thank you generous donors!

*Please note, masks will be required for this class. Guardians will be required to fill out additional paperwork related to COVID-19 protocols before their student can attend class. Thank you!

WHEN:  Sundays 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, from 4/10-6/12, reading @ a time TBA - See Uptown Stories calendar.

WHERE: Word Up Community Bookshop @ 2113 Amsterdam Ave NY, NY 10032.

TEACHER: Dorkys Ramos

AGES: 8-11






Purchase past antholgies here.


Environmental Summer Program - Summer 2021

After-school Program Spring 2021 - Elementary (Grades 1-2) & Middle School (Grade 6-8)

Uptown Stories: Once Upon Un Tiempo (Bilingual) Winter 2022



A Boy Called Bat (The Bat Series #1) By Elana K. Arnold, Charles Santoso (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Elana K. Arnold, Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062445834
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Walden Pond Press - March 13th, 2018

Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids By Cynthia L. Smith Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062869944
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Heartdrum - February 9th, 2021

Paradise on Fire By Jewell Parker Rhodes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316493833
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 14th, 2021

Forest World By Margarita Engle Cover Image
Email or call for price.
ISBN: 9781481490580
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 28th, 2018

Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers By Celia C. Pérez Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425290453
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Puffin Books - September 1st, 2020

Same Sun Here By Silas House, Neela Vaswani, Hilary Schenker (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763664510
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick - August 6th, 2013

Hoot By Carl Hiaasen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375829161
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ember - May 11th, 2004

Chato's Kitchen By Gary Soto, Susan Guevara (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Gary Soto, Susan Guevara (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780698116009
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Puffin Books - September 22nd, 1997

Have You Ever Seen a Flower? By Shawn Harris (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Shawn Harris (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452182704
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - May 4th, 2021

Harlem Grown: How One Big Idea Transformed a Neighborhood By Tony Hillery, Jessie Hartland (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Tony Hillery, Jessie Hartland (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534402317
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - August 18th, 2020

Class Act By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062885500
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Quill Tree Books - October 6th, 2020

Measuring Up By Lily LaMotte, Ann Xu (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lily LaMotte, Ann Xu (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062973863
Published: HarperAlley - October 27th, 2020