Young Authors' Book Project

In our newest program, classroom teachers, volunteers, and staff work together to support students in the creative process of writing original works around a theme. Illustrators, designers, publishers, and printers collaborate with students and classroom volunteers to create a professionally published anthology by Spring of each school year. 


This year, we will be partnering with 5th graders at John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary School throughout the course of the school year, as well as guest author Danez Smith. The program will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. Contact Cross at for more information on how to get involved.


Adventures Within Another: Stories of Identity and Culture from Como Park High School

Delve into this powerful collection of poems and essays by ninth-grade students from Como Park Senior High School that explores the people, places, and things shaping their personal and cultural identities. Throughout their writing, many students described important people in their lives from secret crushes to loved ones who have passed away. The young writers crafted pieces in response to the prompt, “What do you hear when you think of home?”, and bonded together through cultural artifacts identifying them with a particular community. With a foreword by local award-winning author Kao Kalia Yang and book cover by Kevin Cannon. Published in 2017.


Up, Up, & Away: Advice and Adventures from the Future Authors and Astronauts of Farnsworth Aerospace

Inside you will find advice pieces, travel guides, and travel diaries all written around the aerospace-driven theme. Who or what would you see if you looked up? What kind of advice would that thing or creature need? 60 fifth-grade students at Farnsworth Aerospace Elementary pondered and reported on what they would do if they could fly anywhere in the universe or what travelers could expect to find, do, and eat at an unfamiliar aerospace destination. With a foreword by MOI board member and award-winning author, Marlon James. Published in 2016.



Made possible each year with the partnership of our friends at Wise Ink Creative Publishing.