Three things I got out of Book-It were: self respect, greater self confidence, and my confidence of performing in front of groups.”
–9th Grade Student, Chief Sealth International High School

As I’ve been introduced to Book-It, I’ve noticed I take much longer to read books than I used to, almost twice as long. I realized that with my basic understanding of ‘activating narrative’ and ‘purple words,’ every sentence in a book has an abundance of meaning I never knew was there. Book-It has reopened my mind to reading and I love it.”
–11th Grade Student, Roosevelt High School

A Book-It residency is a long-term, customized program that brings literature to the stage. Each program is designed with the classroom teacher to address specific fiction or non-fiction texts, content, academic standards, and students’ needs. All residencies feature professionally trained Book-It teaching artists and culminate in a final performance of the text. Students explore literary elements such as character, setting, plot, theme, and point of view to gain a deeper understanding of a book and collaborate with peers to make it come alive on stage.

Residencies foster collaborative class environments, and provide students with a toolbox of useful skills for the future: cooperation, collaboration and problem solving. Through the synthesis of literature and theatre, the program challenges and inspires students to analyze and interpret text in a highly personal, fun, and physical way!

Examples of residences:

  • Book-It Style productions with a focus on acting, staging, and storytelling
  • Classroom projects with selections of text with a focus on literacy

LENGTH One week and up
COST Varies based on length and scope of program
RESIDENCIES INCLUDE Fiction or non-fiction text, Book-It teaching artists, touring performance, and culminating student performance.

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Over the past fifteen years, Book-It has reached 8,880 students at 107 schools. Our residencies have impacted teachers, students and school culture at the following schools:

• Adams Elementary (2 years)
AE2 Elementary
• African American Academy
• Aki Kurose Middle School Academy (5 years )
• Barge Lincoln Elementary
• Beacon Hill International Elementary (5 years)
• Bellevue International School
• Chief Sealth International High School (13 years )
• Cougar Ridge Elementary
• Denise Louie Education Center
• Discovery Lab
• Epiphany School
• Foster High School (3 years)
• Garfield Elementary
• Garfield High School (3 years)
• Hamilton Middle School
• Inselwood Junior High
• Kamiak High School (13 years)
• Kokanee Elementary
• Lake Washington High School
• Lakeside School
• Liberty High School
• Mariner High School
• Meany Middle School
PACE at Kokanee
• Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus
• Pierce College
• Redmond Jr. High (2 years)
• Roosevelt High School (14 years)
• Salmon Bay Elementary
• Seattle Girls School
• Seattle Preparatory School
• Shoreline Christian School
• Shorewood High School (3 years)
• St. Matthews
• St. Joseph’s School
• Thurgood Marshall Elementary
UW Pipeline
• Van Asselt Elementary
• Villa Academy
• West Woodland Elementary (11 years)
• Wilder Elementary
• Woodinville High School (2 years)
YMCA Start-up

For more information, to book your residency, or to receive a brochure call 206.428‑6319 or email