Founder of READ TO ME program
Susan visits with students at Amherst in Summer 2011
A sample of what our students had to say after their workshop with Susan Straub:
- "Susan Straub was so cool. She combined two things I love, literature and crafts!"
- "I learned a crazy amount of stuff."
Susan Straub, MSW in Clinical Social Work from New York University and Child Psychotherapy from Tavisotck Institute of London, is the founder of the twenty-year-old READ TO ME Program which encourages teen parents to read books with their babies. The program has been featured in O Magazine and has been awarded many honors, including: New Yorker of the Week by New York 1; Champion for Children, Child Care; Reach Out and Read of Greater New York's Literacy Champion Award; honored by Literacy, Inc.
In summer 2010, Susan Straub did a workshop with the intermediate students at Amherst which demonstrated how every writer begins as a listener, usually through hearing books read aloud by caregivers. She showed clips from her award-winning film that illustrates how active this process is and how we can "read" books in languages we don't understand. The workshop concluded with students creating a flip picture book of their own.
For more information on the READ TO ME Program, please visit: www.readtomeprogram.org/