THE LITERACY CHALLENGE

85% of America’s black male 4th grade students are not proficient in reading.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE.

Barbershop Books is a community-based literacy program that creates child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops for boys ages 4-8.

OUR IMPACT

Every dollar invested in a Barbershop Books reading space generates 27 minutes of reading in a barbershop.

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OUR MISSION

Help black boys ages 4-8 identify as readers by connecting books and reading to a male-centered space and by involving men in boys early reading experiences.

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MEET OUR FOUNDER

ALVIN IRBY

Alvin Irby is a passionate educator committed to innovative curriculum, child-centered education, and transformative teaching and leadership. He holds a Masters in childhood education from the Bank Street Graduate School of Education, a Masters of Public Administration from the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University, and a Bachelor's from Grinnell College. As a national speaker and award-winning social entrepreneur, Irby has established himself as a thought leader in early childhood education and as a cultural competency specialist. His debut children’s book, Gross Greg, combines his passion for early literacy and humor. Irby's laugh-out-loud picture book about a boy who loves eating his boogers has received stellar endorsements from teachers and children across America.

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COMMUNITY VOICES

DOPE. THIS IS WHAT THE SHOP IS ALL ABOUT.

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WE LOVE BARBERSHOP BOOKS.

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HAD A BLAST TODAY WITH MY YANKEES TEAMMATES & BARBERSHOP BOOKS.

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