African American school boy reading a book

Balanced Literacy

Fall festivities have begun! Halloween and Thanksgiving themed decor fill the classrooms and stores, but its the literacy rate among boys in our nation, especially young Black boys, which is frightening and of concern to our organization. Here are a few thought-provoking articles: Growing Up In A Household Full Of Books Is A Major Boost […]


Why I Wrote A Picture Book About Boogers

December 16, 2016 by Alvin Irby As a professional comedian, former elementary school teacher, and the leader of an early literacy organization, I have seen first-hand the transformative effects of using humor to help children learn.  My debut children’s book, Gross Greg, follows a young boy who loves eating his boogers despite the protest of everyone […]


What We Are Really Telling Black Boys about Reading

by Alvin Irby November 16, 2016 How would you feel if ever time you grabbed a book someone slapped it out your hand?  Unfortunately, many boys find themselves in classrooms, schools, and homes that ignore or are hostile to their reading interests. Research shows that boys’ reading preferences often do not align with the interests of their […]