At 826 Valencia, all of our students are authors. 826 programs always end with a finished product, such as a book, newspaper, magazine, or podcast.
Through this project-based model, we see great leaps in our young authors’ confidence, pride, and connection to the writing process. And because these publications are distributed in our stores and in bookstores nationwide, their words inspire readers all over the world, building empathy and understanding across differences. We’re super proud of all of our publications!
Each year, we partner with a local high school to produce an anthology of student work called the Young Authors’ Book Project. This year, our young writers set out to answer the question: What is a border to you? Inspired by Luis J. Rodriguez’s Always Running, the tenth-grade students of Galileo High School in San Francisco thoughtfully crafted personal narratives, fictional short stories, letters, and poems that echo their experiences. From reflections about physical boundaries that have impacted them, to internal barriers they’ve been working to overcome, to divisions between people in their communities, these young authors meditate on their own borders—and how to cross them. Inside you’ll find resources for teachers, including a curriculum guide aligned with current English Language Arts and Literacy standards, plus loads of inspiration for any writer, thinker, or educator. Available here.
Between two and seventeen times a year, we publish student writing in the 826 Quarterly, a literary journal of writing from across our programs, featuring authors ages six to eighteen. With material ranging from villanelles about water snakes to exposés on UFOs, the 826 Quarterly is easily one of the most diverse publications at 826 — or anywhere, for that matter. Reading it can feel like playing with a crate full of puppies, wearing a sweater that may or may not be made out of unicorn hair, or having your mind expanded by the wisest words you’ve read all year. Pick up the 826 Quarterly vol. 26, and you’ll see what we mean! Available here.