From Starbucks to Starbooks: A Reading Initiative Comes to Tarrytown

Students shared books with families and administrators at John Paulding at the simulated Starbooks coffee shop.

First there was Starbucks – now there is Starbooks! Entrepreneurial kindergartners at John Paulding in Tarrytown turned their classroom into a simulated coffee shop for a day – complete with a variety of treats to eat and to hear! 

On December 9, children from kindergarten teachers Elyse Blueglass and Meggan Mangiacotti’s class invited parents, school administrators including Superintendent Christopher Borsari, to relax, have coffee, tea and a snack. As traditional coffee shops offer book readings for adults, the students offered the same to the visitors. The children read excerpts from favorite books to the audience. Some even wrote and illustrated, then read from their own books on topics ranging from the zoo to winter, dinosaurs and food.  

The Starbooks to Starbucks concept was a success!


  1. What a wonderful learning experience on all levels! The children learn sociability skills; how to be welcoming hosts; the ways to provide refreshments, not to mention sharing their joy of reading and writing their own books!
    Your kindergarten classroom is a fertile ground for lifetime learning. What a delightful and memorable day they shared.
    Way to go!
    Love and hugs,

  2. This is awesome!! What a brilliant idea and an amazing learning and sharing experience!!



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