Dr. Faye Kokotos is a fierce advocate for children and early childhood literacy. She’s our 2017 Literacy Champion award winner and will be on-hand on June 6, 2017 to accept her award at our annual benefit and auction at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park.
We wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you, our community, to Dr. Kokotos and ask her a couple of questions as part of our “Believe in Books” interview series.
Dr. Kokotos is Attending Physician in the Division of Academic General Pediatrics Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, and she works at the Family Care Center (FCC) Pediatric Primary Care Practice at Montefiore, Bronx, NY, since 1992. She is Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY, since 1994.
She has been the leader of the Reach Out and Read program at Montefiore since 2008 and is responsible for the administration and running of the program, training providers and volunteers, ordering books, stocking and distribution of books, creating and maintaining a literacy-rich environment, administrative and fundraising duties as well as actively championing the program within the clinic.
Dr. Kokotos was kind enough to take the time to respond to our Believe in Books questionnaire. Here is what she had to say:
What books were among your childhood favorites?
I loved Little Women, The Little House on the Prairie, Black Beauty.
What are some of your favorite titles of today?
I just finished reading The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, and I’m currently reading Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
What is your favorite memory of reading as a child?
My favorite memory is of my mother taking me to the local library to borrow books. I would always take out at least 10 books and always end up reading late into the night, under the covers, using a flashlight.
Another favorite memory is when I was babysitting my niece and 2 nephews when they were young, reading “Curious George” and laughing out loud at all his escapades.
What has been your biggest inspiration gained from reading?
Reading allowed me to imagine many possibilities, to learn about different worlds, cultures, about life, loved reading about creative, strong, courageous, spunky girls, inspired me that I can be anything I want to be.
What is your favorite word?
If you could have a profession other than your own, what would you be?
Join us on June 6 to celebrate Dr. Kokotos and all the professionals who make our early childhood literacy outreach possible. Get your ticket to our Believe in Books Benefit.