The Fight for Literacy

With most school districts coming to a close in May, it is critical for students to retain knowledge and skills learned in the school year, during the summer months. Throughout May, we had the pleasure of welcoming more than 20 new barbershops to the program thanks to supporters, just like you. The summer heat is on; let’s keep the […]

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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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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Relationship Building

Here are some of the most interesting articles I read this past month. Please feel free to share these great reads with your friends, colleagues, and family. Let Children Get Bored Again I think that children should have unscheduled time in their day but I also think access to technology should be restricted. A child with […]

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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, […]

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Barbershop Books Monthly News

I hope you found a warm place to cuddle up with a good book during the polar vortex. Keep the winter blues away by being active, using bright lights inside, and of course curling up with a book. Thank you for helping us to inspire Black boys to read. Barbershop Books in the Media WOSU […]

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L.O.V.E.

Love is in the air and we are not just talking about Valentine’s Day. It is highly important to instill a love of reading early on in your child’s life. With that being said, here is an acronym that will help:  L – Listen to your child’s interests. Children know their likes and dislikes. Some […]

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World Read Aloud Day

Can you guess what day is quickly approaching? World Read Aloud Day! It’s on February 1, 2019! This is one of our favorite days of the year because it celebrates the power of not just reading, but reading aloud with others such as your family and friends. Every year, on World Read Aloud Day, people […]