Dear Friends, Juneteenth is an annual reminder of the inhumanity of American slavery and of the collective efforts of abolitionists who fought to end it. Enslaved Africans in Galveston Bay, Texas learned of their freedom on June 19, 1865 more than two years after the emancipation proclamation. Although the institution of American slavery ended, the … Continued
June is Audiobook Appreciation Month! Audiobooks are a fun alternative to traditional reading. A study from the Gallant Lab at UC Berkeley found that hearing a story activates the same portion of your brain as reading. So listening to audiobooks isn’t “cheating” but a wonderful way to keep your child engaged. Want to know … Continued
On June 23rd, The Equity Project School hosted a vibrant Spring into Literacy Day event, dedicated to promoting a love for reading and empowering young minds. Families and students gathered for an enriching day filled with literary activities and discussions. Program Manager Yami Guzman and Program Coordinator Melody Castillo engaged with families about the Barbershop … Continued
Written by Dr. Melissa Munro Boyd, Clinical Psychologist and Children’s Book Author As a psychologist, I am always looking for ways to teach my three young children about their emotions and ways to be aware of their thoughts and feelings. Understanding emotions is key to strengthening a child’s ability to cope and regulate stressors in … Continued
We are delighted to announce our founder and Chief Reading Inspirer, Alvin Irby, has been selected as an Echoing Green Fellowship Finalist and is included in their Social Impact Talent Report! Alvin is tremendously honored to join this group of exceptional global leaders dedicated to creating a brighter, more equitable future. 🌍✨ Read the report … Continued
Early March 2023 Barbershop Books Founder and Chief Reading Inspirer, Alvin Irby, attended SXSW EDU in Austin, Texas. Alvin participated in a panel titled Building Literacy Access for Black Boys where he discussed the factors that influence reading development and the importance of access to culturally-relevant content to improve reading interest and enhance the reading … Continued
In today’s digital age, e-books and online libraries have become increasingly popular. The internet makes it possible for people to access a vast collection of books and literature from the comfort of their own homes. Just like adults, children possess varying reading preferences, and some tend to be drawn towards electronic books and digital reading … Continued
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Barbershop Books is a Tools Competition finalist!
We are one of 16 finalists in the Transforming Assessments track for our SEL-based reading identity exploration and assessment platform: Reading So Lit. The Transforming Assessments track of the Tools Competition supports tools that capture traditionally unmeasured elements of learning to better meet the needs of educators, children, and families.
We are excited to announce that Barbershop Books’ Reading So Lit Program has advanced to the Discovery Round of the VITAL Prize Challenge! The VITAL Prize Challenge is a multiphase challenge that supports teams developing learning technologies to build K-12 learning innovations for adoption nationwide. This $6 million prize challenge, administered by Digital Promise, is … Continued