Every year, 826 Valencia partners with a San Francisco high school. Students work one-on-one with a tutor to write short stories around a given theme. The Young Authors Book Project gathers these stories and presents them to you.
High school students are thoughtful and wise and raw and sort of wrenched open, and these books let you in on that process like a secret, and maybe remind you of when you were wrenched open, and maybe open you up to the perspectives of young people, and maybe make you wiser or more compassionate or just bring you back to the world, our actual, sunlit, improbable world, from wherever you have gone.
Some volumes include bonuses, like an educators’ guide for those building their own curriculum, or audio recordings of students reading their work. The most recent features an illustration by Lisa Congdon that I think is just great.
Purchasing this item supports 826 Valencia’s free writing programs for San Francisco students.