BookPALS Team


National Director of Literacy Programs
Los Angeles BookPALS Literacy Program Manager
Michelle Shegda
Phone: 323-549-6760

Florida BookPALS Literacy Program Manager
Natalie Rogers
Phone: 321-229-0638

New York BookPALS Literacy Program Manager
Maria Cabezas
Phone: 212-863-4227

BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools) is a signature children’s literacy program of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. BookPALS provides SAG-AFTRA members, gifted in the art of storytelling, the opportunity to read aloud to Pre-K – 2nd grade students in public school classrooms.

Reading to children is a great way to harness your skills as a performer and give back to your local community in a fun a rewarding way! Research proves that reading aloud regularly to a child improves listening comprehension skill, builds capacity for critical thinking, increases vocabulary and context knowledge, and sparks a positive association with reading.