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Empowering Communities to Support Early Literacy

Increase out-of-school time reading with boy-approved books in local barbershops

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Through an innovative partnership with ThirftBooks, America's largest online retailer of used books, Barbershop Books curates and distributes 20,000 children’s books annually. If your school or community-based organization serves at least 50 children, apply to distribute free books in your area.

#MyReadingSpot Summer Reading Campaign

Barbershop Books’ Summer Reading Campaign invites kids and adults to explore different places where people read.  Help promote reading this summer by sharing a picture or video on social media of you reading in your favorite reading spot using the hashtag  #MyReadingSpot.

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Digital Content to Inspire Young Readers

Our free E-library features a variety of  fun Storytime videos and independently published eBooks from Black and Brown authors.  Parents, educators, and community-based organizations across America are using our culturally relevant digital content to inspire young readers.