Identifying as a Reader BEFORE Learning to Read

By Felicity LuHill January 9, 2017   You may not consider a book the best toy for a kid who doesn’t yet know how to read, but you would be surprised how much being around books, even before a child learns to read, can make an impact. As a writer, pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing […]


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 […]


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 […]