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Black Male Educators Are A Precious Resource

Hello friends, How are you? Thank you for subscribing to the Irby Review and sharing your thoughts with me each month. Here are some articles I read that I think would be of interest to you during these challenging times. Minneapolis Barber Lamberto Vergara On His Boarded-Up Shop: “We’re In This Together” From Mexico, to Brooklyn, and onto owning a barbershop in Minneapolis, Lamberto […]

We Need Your Input

The Barbershop Books team is excited to share with you more updates concerning our efforts to help families during these difficult times. Take a moment to read about our new developments that can help inspire kids to read across the country. We Need Your Input Are you a self-published author or illustrator of a diverse […]

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We’re Here to Help

These are challenging and uncertain times for everyone and especially parents of young children who are now home for the foreseeable future. Here at Barbershop Books, we want to share some helpful resources that we ALL can enjoy. Whether you are a parent trying to navigate homeschooling your child, an adult who needs some comedic […]


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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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 […]


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, […]