Katie Holmes partners with digital reading company Epic and Harlem’s Hit the Books

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Katie Holmes entertains at-risk children at Harlem’s Hit The Books event: “I love reading with kids this special time of year”










Katie Holmes sat down with a group of New York City kids to share her favorite holiday books and make holiday crafts.

The 42-year-old actress, who is currently filming Rare Objects, teamed up with subscription-based digital reading platform Epic for their My Winter City event on Tuesday in New York City. Some of the kids were from the Harlem-based after-school reading and martial artist program, Hit The Books.

“I had a great time at the big holiday event @ epic4kids! I love reading with the kids during this special time of the year, ”said Tom Cruise’s ex in his Instagram caption.

Stylish Look: Katie Holmes sat down with a group of New York City kids to share her favorite party books and make party crafts.  The 42-year-old actress is currently filming Rare Objects

Stylish Look: Katie Holmes sat down with a group of New York City kids to share her favorite party books and make party crafts. The 42-year-old actress is currently filming Rare Objects

Hit The Books is a non-profit organization that targets young people aged 7 to 12 and provides tutoring and mentoring services.

Epic is a desktop and mobile app reading company for children 12 and under.

The former Dawson’s Creek star showed up wearing a black and white striped sweater, white pants and black closed-toe, backless mules.

Her curly brown locks hung just below her shoulder.

It was the night before Christmas: some of the kids were from the Harlem-based after-school reading and martial artist program Hit The Books.

It was the night before Christmas: some of the kids were from the Harlem-based after-school reading and martial artist program Hit The Books.

In one photo, the stunning actress, wearing a burgundy-colored mask, sits on a red chair, reading Twas the Night Before Christmas to the children.

In another, she sports black nail polish as she decorates miniature gingerbread houses.

Holmes’ latest project is the film adaptation of Rare Objects by Kathleen Turner, which tells the story of a young woman who seeks to rebuild her life while working in an antique store.

Gingerbread decoration: The stunning actress wore black nail polish as she decorated miniature gingerbread houses

Gingerbread decoration: The stunning actress wore black nail polish as she decorated miniature gingerbread houses

The Toledo, Ohio native was once married to actor Tom Cruise for nearly six years from 2006 to 2012, and had a daughter, Suri, 15.

Her ex-husband Cruise, 59, has custody of Suri.

She has since had relationships with Jamie Foxx, 53, and Emilio Vitolo Jr., 34, who she broke up with earlier this year.

Watchful listeners: The former Dawson's Creek star showed up at the My Winter City event wearing a black and white striped sweater, white pants and black closed-toe, backless mules

Watchful listeners: The former Dawson’s Creek star showed up at the My Winter City event wearing a black and white striped sweater, white pants and black closed-toe, backless mules

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