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Tips to help your child become a better reader

Parents – we know it can be tough to help your child find their love of reading so we’re here to offer some practical tips and tricks. Here’s a few tips from educator and Chief Reading Inspirer, Alvin Irby:   Create a reading routine – take weekly/monthly trips to the library or book store. Also, […]

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Explaining The Basics Of Human Rights With Your Child

December is quite often the month when one thinks of holiday cheer, shopping, and family gatherings. But, did you know that December is also a time to come together and stand up for equality, justice, and the dignity of all humans? National Human Rights Month is celebrated every December and it provides an opportunity to […]

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Let’s Talk About Racism

Hello friends, Thank you for subscribing to The Irby Review and sharing your thoughts with me each month. Here are some articles I discovered that would be of interest to you and your family: Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi are Teaming Up to Help Young People Navigate Racism Two award-winning authors collaborated on a young adult book debuting in March 2020 […]

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The Key to Black Boy’s Academic Success

Hello friends, Thank you for subscribing to The Irby Review and sharing your thoughts with me each month. Here are some timely back-to-school articles I discovered that I want to share with you: North Carolina Organization Runs Literacy-Based Anti-Racism Camp for Kids, Professional Development For Educators “We are” nonprofit and its Executive Director, Ronda Taylor Bullock, run a very […]

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Use It or Lose It

Hello friends, It’s summer time, school is over and it’s equally if not more important for you, your students and your own children to keep on reading! Let’s lead by example. Here are some relevant articles about is topic, and more, I discovered in the past month that I want to share with you: How To Encourage Your Kids To […]

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How to Keep Kids of All Ages Reading During the Summer

Hello friends, Thank you for subscribing to The Irby Review and sharing your thoughts with me every month! Here are some thought-provoking articles I discovered in the past month that I want to share with you: Nearly One-In-Five Americans Now Listen to Audio books Do you prefer to hold and read a print book? Do you feel you are retaining […]

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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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Kids don’t come with instructions…

“There is no app to replace your lap: Read to your child.” Hello, Thank you for subscribing to The Irby Review. The Irby Review is a monthly newsletter from Alvin Irby, founder of Barbershop Books. For insights on current events in education, read Irby’s commentary on these interesting articles. Reading to Your Toddler? Print Books Are Better Than […]

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Impacts of Implicit Bias

Hello there Explore the power of human connection, the negative impacts of implicit bias on Black entrepreneurs, and the challenges of improving reading at the state level. The Irby Review is a monthly newsletter from Barbershop Books Founder Alvin Irby. For insights on current events in education, read Irby’s commentary on these interesting articles. Black Boys […]

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How do you library?

Libraries = Strong Communiites. This year’s National Library Week theme celebrates the power of academic, public, and school libraries. Libraries mean many things to so many people, especially young readers. Libraries have the power to strengthen communities and spread a love of reading among people of all ages – and as Barbershop Books proves everyday […]