The Lion of Literature program seeks to inspire children with great literature and help parents bring piles of great books to their children's fingertips. 

The program grew out of a book club started by three moms in Westchester, New York. Our kids all loved to read, so we decided to pick one book each month to read with them. Then we'd meet up to discuss the books and the ideas contained in them (over lunch or dinner or ice cream). In the summer of 2015, we decided to expand the program to include other children in the community who were passionate about reading great literature. Our classes are part book club, part art class, part writing workshop and part math/science/history class. But the goal of each class is the same: to encourage a love of reading, to inspire children with powerful characters, and to help our readers delve into the fascinating ideas hidden in each story. We use fictional stories to introduce readers to ideas about science, mathematics, geography, language, biography, art and so much more.

Advisory Board

Stephanie Cohen 

Stephanie Cohen has been a writer and editor for nearly two decades. Her love of books and writing--and her kids' ravenous appetite for great books--led her to create the Lions of Literature program. Her work has appeared in newspapers, magazine and international newswires including the Wall Street JournalBoston Globe Magazine, the New York PostThe Christian Science Monitor, CBS MarketWatch, Bloomberg BNA and others. She has taught and lectured on reading, writing and journalism at the elementary school and college level. She writes about children's literature for Acculturated.

Eric Cohen 

Eric Cohen is the Executive Director of the Tikvah Fund. Eric was the founder and remains editor-at-large of The New Atlantis, and he serves as the publisher of the Jewish Review of Books and Mosaic.  His work has been published in Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Weekly StandardCommentaryThe New Republic, First Things, among others. 

William Madden 

William Madden is an American history teacher at Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, N.J., named one of the top public high schools in the country. William holds degrees in English and American History from Rutgers College. He has a Masters in Teaching and is currently attaining his Masters in History from Seton Hall University. He is the author of 500 AP U.S. Government and Politics Questions to Know by Test Day.

Jennifer Malach

Jennifer Malach is the Founder of 20/20 Career Solutions and provides career management, new manager, and leadership coaching services to individuals, groups and organizations. Jennifer has 20 years of progressive corporate talent acquisition experience in the professional services and software development industries. She has lead, managed, and mentored teams across North America. Jennifer is a contributing writer to various career sites.

Naomi Schaefer Riley

Naomi Schaefer Riley is a columnist for the New York Post and a former Wall Street Journal editor and writer whose work focuses on higher education, religion, philanthropy and culture. She is the author, most recently, of "Got Religion?: How Churches, Mosques, and Synagogues Can Bring Young People Back" and "Opportunity and Hope: Transforming Children's Lives through Scholarships."  Naomi’s writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the New York Post, Boston Globe, the LA Times, and the Washington Post

Christine Rosen

Christine Rosen is a senior editor of The New Atlantis, where she writes about the social and cultural impact of technology, as well as bioethics and the history of genetics.  Christine holds a Ph.D. in History from Emory University. She is the author of several books including the forthcoming “Extinction of Experience.” Her essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times MagazineThe Wall Street JournalThe Washington PostSlate, The New RepublicThe Weekly StandardThe American Historical ReviewThe New England Journal of Medicine, and Commentary.