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Thank you to all who joined us for a Party at the Pier,
our 2022 Annual Gala, which was held on

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 6:30pm ET

The gala was held in NYC at Current at Chelsea Piers. 

Each year, our annual event is held as a celebration in recognition of those who have improved the landscape of literature, literacy, and education through their work.

During our event program we recognized the recipients of our two established annual awards: the John Graham Tucker Leadership award and the Book of the Year award. In 2021, we added a new award category, the Educator Awards, in order to shine a spotlight on the people who make such a difference in the daily lives of our students. We honored five individuals with this award this year.


Katie Yamasaki & Ian Lendler
Everything Naomi Loved

Book of the Year Award

Maria Collier
for her years of dedication as Director of Cypress Hills Child Care Corporation
John Graham Tucker Leadership Award

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Sabrina Bacchus- PS 245 Magnet School of Arts and Science
Liliana Garcia- Mother Hale Early Childhood Education Center
Katherine Mateo- Cypress Hill Child Care Corporation
Carolyne Ndolo- Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Center, Inc
Sherry Ann Samuels- St.Mark's/Bishop Sexton Head Start
2022 Educator Awards

Event Sponsors

Wordsmith Sponsors

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Librarian Sponsors

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Bibliophile Sponsors

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Bookworm Sponsors

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Would you like to sponsor this year's event and help ensure our work continues? Please read our sponsorship deck and reach out to Robin Adelson at

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Books for Kids is a 501c3 nonprofit established in 1986. Our mission is to promote literacy among preschool-aged children in under-resourced communities. We create libraries and implement literacy programs in order to help children develop the critical early-literacy and social-emotional skills they need to be successful in kindergarten and beyond.

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