From the Book Shelf / Brooke Jackman Foundtion Hosts Sixth Annual Read-A-Thon

The Brooke Jackman Foundation (BJF) is a children’s literacy organization which donates books to children and families in need. This organization will be hosting their Sixth Annual BJF Read-A-Thon on Saturday, September 12th from 12 noon to 1:30pm at the Barnes & Noble at 97 Warren Street (Tribeca).

There will be special guest readers, Screen Actors Guild Foundation BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools), Fatima Ptacek (voice of Dora the Explorer) and NYC Weatherman, Mr. G (WPIX-11), along with NYC Fire Commissioner, Daniel Nigro. These special guests will be joined by some of New York’s Bravest FDNY.

This is a free event that is open to the public for children and families and will celebrate the power of literacy.

“Our annual Read-a-thon brings the children from all of our literacy programs together, and it is one of my favorite events of the year,” said Erin Jackman, executive director of the Foundation. “It’s an amazing and rewarding way to honor my sister, Brooke, and those who lost their lives on September 11th.”

The Brooke Jackman Foundation was created in 2001 to honor Brooke Jackman, a bright and compassionate 23-year-old who was killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks before achieving her dream of becoming a social worker. Brooke was an avid reader, and her passion and commitment to literacy and helping children spurred the Jackman family to create BJF as her living legacy – turning tragedy and despair into hope for a better world.

“We are delighted to be working with the Brooke Jackman Foundation once again in providing critical literacy programming to New York City children and families,” said Cyd Wilson, executive director of the SAG Foundation. “And our BookPALS are honored to be reading side by side with New York City’s bravest from the FDNY to remember Brooke Jackman and the thousands we lost on 9/11.”

The annual September Brooke Jackman Foundation Read-a-thon celebrates the resiliency of New York and its children. Visit

Photos credit: Brooke Jackman Foundation