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7 Summer Reads for Children of Color

School’s out for summer, but that doesn’t mean learning ceases. This is one of the most opportune seasons to engage your young reader and increase out-of-school reading time. Here’s a list of great children’s books to get the summer rolling in style: Daddy Calls Me Man, Writer, Angela Johnson, Illustrator, Rhonda Mitchell, Recommended for ages […]

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Jazz music in all its glory

Among many other important celebrations, April is also the month that we all celebrate all the significant contributions that jazz music has made to society! To honor Jazz Appreciation Month, here’s a list of children’s books we recommend you try: 1. Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum. Robert A. Parker. (Schwartz & Wade) This beautiful […]

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4 Books to Celebrate Women’s History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month, here are four great children’s books that celebrate the power and ingenuity of women: “Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World”  by Susan Hood and illustrated by Sophie Blackall, Emily Winfield Martin, Shadra Strickland, Melissa Sweet, LeUyen Pham, Oge Mora, Julie Morstad, Lisa Brown, Selina Alko, […]

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World Read Aloud Day

Can you guess what day is quickly approaching? World Read Aloud Day! It’s on February 1, 2019! This is one of our favorite days of the year because it celebrates the power of not just reading, but reading aloud with others such as your family and friends. Every year, on World Read Aloud Day, people […]

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Crown: One of the Dopest Children’s Books of 2017

October 11, 2017 by Alvin Irby After watching a movie, listening to a song, or reading a book, people sometimes ask, “What did you think?” During these moments of brief reflection, I often rely upon a single question to help me determine my overall opinion of a particular piece of art: Did it make me feel something? Flipping through […]

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3 Ways to Prevent Summer Slide

By Felicity LuHill July 10, 2017   What is Summer Slide? Summer Slide is a fun-sounding phrase for a serious issue. It’s the tendency to lose some level of knowledge or skill set achieved the previous school year during summer break. It is most likely to occur with struggling readers and children who “slide” out of […]

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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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8 Diverse Children’s Books to Read this Spring

By Felicity LuHill April 3, 2017   “Oh Yes! Oh Yes! It’s Springtime!” by Susan Ring, Jeff Borkin, and Andy Mastrocinque: Join the Little Einsteins as they travel through time and space to help their friend baby tulip bloom! “Who Likes Rain?” by Wong Herbert Yee: It’s April showers, which means grabbing rain gear and jumping into puddles. […]

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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 […]