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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Home Schooling Tips and More…

Hello friends, 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. Stuck At Home? These 12 Famous Museum Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take On Your Couch Spring break plans were canceled. Summer travel is […]


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 […]


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 […]


Education Through Failure

By Felicity LuHill April 25, 2017   This week, in Edutopia, there was an article titled “Redefining Failure,” which says that educators should encourage students to try new things and fail so that students can grow and learn from their mistakes. It uses the example of bowling, a first-time bowler will learn quickly on their own […]

The Right Questions to Ask Your Early Reader

By Corinne Bridgewater December 21, 2016   Test time! Can you answer this question for each passage: What is the main idea?   Mr Bucket was the only person in the family with a job. He worked in a toothpaste factory, where he sat all day long at a bench and screwed the little caps […]