OUR MISSION

Between The Pages empowers children to discover a life-long love of reading using books as tools to immerse at-risk and avid readers in an engaging recreation of their favorite books, fostering literacy, creative play, creative writing and cooperative problem solving.

Our Story

Do you remember your favorite book as a child and wondering what it would be like to live in that world with those characters? 

 

At Between the Pages, we make that happen. 

 

We recreate the worlds of our kids’ favorite books. Being able to navigate real world problems from inside a fictional setting allows space for genuine problem solving and dramatically decreases fear of trying and failing. 

 

And it’s fun!

Inspired by the power of books to change lives, at Between the Pages we empower children to discover a life-long love of reading through creative play and cooperative problem-solving. 

 

We recreate the worlds of our kids’ favorite books, relevant to their own cultural community, to create a creative and safe space, so that they can find the freedom and fun to read together and express the hero within.

 

We do this first through dramatic readings and roleplay by our trained actors, then by inviting the students to take over key roles in the readings and finally by inviting them to write their own story where they are the hero. At the end, they become published authors in a student anthology of stories created to allow their voice to be heard.

The result? We find that being able to navigate real world problems from inside a fictional setting allows space for genuine problem solving and dramatically decreases fear of trying and failing.

 

We also see children who always thought,‘books have nothing to do with me or my family,’ quickly discover that not only are books fun, heroes look just like them and their own heroic story is just waiting to be written. 

 

What emerges is a supportive community of readers exhibiting confidence, creativity and above all, kindness.

In short, at Between the Pages, we empower the hero within through creative, literary play and we stand there with them so that their voices can be heard.

MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Zoe Wolszon – Board Chair

Natalie Houchins – Secretary

William Ross – Treasurer

Aaron Price – Member

Logan Hailey – Member

MEET OUR OPERATIONS TEAM

Topher Bradfield
Executive Director

It all started with a book…

 

Founder of Camp Half-Blood Austin, Topher’s passion has always been to ignite a love of literature in everyone he meets.  He fell in love with The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan from the first chapter and was such an advocate for the book and it’s empowerment of our next generation that Rick dedication The Titan’s Curse to Topher.

 

For over 15 years, Camp Half-Blood Austin has spread the love of books through immersive role-play to generations of Austinites. And in 2020, CHBA went online to reach more demigods nationally and internationally!

 

3 years ago Topher realized that we could reach more kids by bringing our special blend of literature and role-play to Austin’s Title 1 schools. Thus our non-profit, Between-the-Pages, was born.

 

Going into Title 1 schools with Topher-Talks and the Narrative Thread Project, we bring Performance Readers from the community and books that are representative of the community we serve. From Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, by Kwame Mbalia to Sal and Gabby Break the Universe, by Carlos Hernandez, our performance readers engage the kids in the narrative to help them become the heroes in their own story.

 

We see our kids go from hesitant readers to confident heroes who are ready to take on the Universe and that is our passion.

Isaiah Apfel
Programming Director

It all started with a Camp…

 

Isaiah first fell in love with Camp at 9 years old. Going from camper to counselor to camp director, Isaiah has known and loved Camp Half-Blood Austin in its every aspect.

 

When Topher set off to reach more demigods, Isaiah was all in. As Program Director of Between The Pages, Isaiah oversees the logistics of our outreach and keeps our teams all moving the same direction.

Mary Ann Fitch
Financial Director

It all started with a Camp for Mary Ann too!

 

One of our die-hard Camp Parents, Mary Ann would camp out over night (even in a massive thunder storm!) to make sure that her kids got one of the limited spots to attend Camp every summer.

 

With Between the Pages, Mary Ann keeps all our creative energy organized in easy to understand spreadsheets!

Liz Hester
Development & Marketing Director

Avid reader and lover of role playing, when Liz heard about Camp Half-Blood Austin she said, ‘Where have you been all my life!” Liz takes our all our creative expression and helps us create the business infrastructure to support our teams, schools and demigods.

 

From infrastructure to marketing to team development, Liz gives us the framework to inspire an ever-widening circle of children to become the hero of their own story and then share that story with their peers and the world.

Meet Our In School Programing Team

Hector

Da'Mon

Joe

Lexter

Moises

Selah

Meet Our Camp Half-Blood Austin Team

Ryan

Megan

Adele

Elle

Simone

Julian

Catherine

Tristan K

Graham

Tristan M

Cullen

Ethan

Katie

Hannah

Troy

Dayln

Erin

Pallas

Bailey

Katie

Carter

Matt

Drue

Monika

Seamus

Jessi

Max

Dayln

Nell

Nick

Allegra

Paul

Lauren P

Hestia

Lauren G

Sam

Jeremy

Sasha

Sadie

Shai

Sabrina

Taylin

Isabella

Wil

Kato

Mika

Skye

Vi

Ian

Ruby

Ryanna

India

Sofia

Caele

Ansley

Aaron

Sofia

Nikola

Itai

Livia

Natalie

Our Heroes in Action

Imagination, teamwork, problem solving and above all kindness are the qualities that set our kids up for success. From Social Activists to Musicians, Biomedical Engineers and Harvard graduates, let me introduce you to some of our heroes in action!