Barbershop Books Question – Tis’ the season

‘Tis The Season

Dear Barbershop Books supporter, This is the first holiday season under the new reality that touches us all. And although we can’t connect with all of our loved ones as we used to, this is still the season to pause, reflect and share joy when we can. Sharing the joy of reading with young Black […]

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Tips For Young Readers

Hello friends, How are you? Thank you for subscribing to the Irby Review and sharing your thoughts with me each month. Here are some interesting articles I read that I think would be of interest to you during these challenging times. How Students Benefit from a School Reopening Plan Designed for Those at the Margins Before a typical school year, teachers would […]

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New Books for Young Readers!

During these uncertain times, Barbershop Books remains steadfast in its pursuit to inspire young children to read. Here’s an update on what we’ve been up to and how your support is helping us reach thousands of young readers. Thanks to your continuous support and the Oakpoint Charitable Foundation’s generosity, Barbershop Books has shipped more than […]


Wonderful News to Share with You

Wow! So much has happened since our last update and now we finally get to share all the wonderful news with you. Take a look at what we’ve been up to this month. Storybook Sundays: Des Moines Barber Encourages Reading with New Program Des Moines Register “Amaru Johnson eagerly slides into a barber chair, holding a book: ‘Finding Mighty,’ by […]

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It’s not really about the money…

Hello friends, Here are some articles I read that I think would be of interest to you and your family. Principal Creates Barbershop In School To Connect With Students By Cutting Their Hair One principal in Delaware understands the relationship between grooming, self-confidence, and learning. Mr. Newton set up a barbershop in his school in order to bond with […]


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 […]


Getting Kids to Read by Choice

By Zenobia Jackson July 28, 2017 Allowing children, and specifically boys to select what they read can be a powerful change agent in the motivation to read. In the majority of schools, student choice is an education phrase that is thrown around to say that we are giving students choice in their learning. But in […]


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 […]


Create Your Own Declaration of Independence

By Felicity LuHill February 20, 2017   In honor of President’s Day, create your very own Declaration of Independence! With your early reader, either at home or in the classroom.   What you need: 3 Black Tea Bags Plain White Paper or Paper with the Declaration of Independence text*** Black Pen or Marker (a calligraphy […]