Celebrating THIS TIME THEY HEAR YOU

The third-grade authors behind THIS TIME THEY HEAR YOU, their families, their teachers, and their illustrators all had a blast celebrating this new title with 826DC! We came together at the True Reformer Building for a night of readings, photos, and crafts.

This is the ninth year that 826DC has worked with local students to produce a professionally-published book through our Young Authors Book Project program, otherwise known as YABP. Each year, YABP connects students from a DC school with writing mentors to draft, edit, and produce an anthology of student writing. This year, the third-grade students at Bridges Public Charter School wrote science-inspired fairytales, exploring empathy and reimagining the world around them.

The authors were proud to share their work with the crowd, and their feelings came through in a THIS TIME THEY HEAR YOU poster that they signed for us.

“I love this book,” one scribbled.

“Lots of love to my fans!” wrote another.

“Thank you for making me a[n] author,” a third added.

We cannot thank these young authors enough for sharing their heartfelt stories, their boundless creativity, and their bright imaginations with us throughout the process of creating THIS TIME THEY HEAR YOU.

Want to read it?

This dazzling $18 book is available for sale here, in our storefront, and in select bookstores across Washington, DC including Politics and Prose and East City Bookshop!

Help us publish more young authors!

YABP, like all of our programs, is 100% free for our students, their teachers, and their families. Your support—through one-time or monthly donations—makes it all possible! We’re currently trying to raise $30,000 by June 30th to help amplify other budding voices. Give today, if you can, to help show DC’s young people that their stories are important and worth sharing.