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3 Takeaways From Alvin Irby’s Workshop

By Felicity LuHill June 30, 2017   A couple weeks ago, Barbershop Books Founder, Alvin Irby led his workshop, “Kale Salad & Boogers: How Cultural Competency Creates Transformative Reading Experiences” at the National Book Foundation’s conference, Why Reading Matters. Along with being direct about the issues young black boys face in schools today, Alvin also […]

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3 Things Kids Teach Us About Race

By Felicity LuHill March 28, 2017   I was recently introduced to a study CNN did on children’s perception of race, “A Look at Race Relations Through a Child’s Eyes:” Though it’s important to note that this study was done in 2012, I believe the conclusions of this study are still pertinent to today. On […]

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Suspension Rates Impact Reading for Black Boys

By Corinne Bridgewater February 1, 2017   I read an article the other day that New York City is updating their discipline code to almost rid suspensions in K-2 classrooms. As an upper grade teacher, I worked at a school with a tremendous suspension rate, and saw how it hindered a lot of my students […]

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I don’t want your African American children’s book list!

Most publishers have African American, Latino, girl, or boy children’s book lists. Although useful, these cultural and gender-themed book lists are often inadequate, restrictive, and in many ways stereotypical. They are especially problematic for young black boys, many of whom are reluctant readers. Award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Christopher Myers wrote an opinion piece in […]