Behindthebook.org is a group dedicated to bringing children's book authors and illustrators to schools that do not get as much attention or budgets as other schools in the New York City. Katherine Leiner, the author of the first kids' book I illustrated back in 2001, Mama Does the Mambo, worked with the students during a couple of sessions and had them write poems. For the third session, I helped them illustrate their poems. They were very curious and excited to learn, and had wonderful questions too. Behind the Book also purchases books for all the students in the class to keep and take home.
If you have illustrated a kid's book that is appropriate for kids from Grade 2 - 6 and would like to participate, please get in touch through their site's contact section or e-mail joumans@behindthe book.org. They're always looking for authors and illustrators to take part. It's a lot of fun and rewarding to see kids reading and interacting with one's books, I'll definitely do these visits again.