About FCB

Our Mission

The mission of the Foundation for Children’s Books is to cultivate children’s curiosity, creativity and academic achievement by igniting in them a love of good books. We do that primarily by bringing acclaimed children’s book authors and illustrators into underserved K-8 schools in Boston for visits and writing workshops.

Since 2005, we have brought 29 award-winning authors and illustrators to 25 different elementary and middle schools in Boston. We also present dynamic professional development events featuring authors and illustrators, along with experts in the field of children’s books. The audience for these events includes librarians, teachers, students, parents and other children’s book lovers.

Board of Directors


President, Andrea Mintz

Treasurer, Karen O’Reilly


Lee Englert

Grace Enriquez

Susan Goodman

Julie Hayes

Alison Hong

Karen McLean

Christian Porter

Program Advisory Committee

Co-chair, Gail Hedges

Co-chair, Patricia Keogh

Elizabeth Cusack

Theresa Gallo-Toth

Laura Larsson

Maura O’Toole

Susannah Richards

Elyse Seltzer

Judith M. Siemen


Executive Director, Jennifer Cusack – Ms. Cusack has been Executive Director of the FCB since 2006 and was a member of the organization before that. Her background is in program development and grant-writing for non-profits, including the American Youth Policy Forum in Washington, D.C. and Jobs for the Future in Boston, MA.

Program Associate, Allison Pekel