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Help Your Kids Read More This Year

Hello friends, I hope you had a Happy New Year! 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. A Home Library Can Have A Powerful Effect On Children If you have young children living with you, begin building your home […]

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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, […]

6 Diverse Books to Read This Week 

Happy first day of the fall season! Fall is one of our favorite seasons because it’s filled with fun adventures found both in books and our own backyards. Orange-hued leaves tumbling in the wind, nights snuggled up with a great book and apple cider, and our all-time favorite activity of visiting the pumpkin patch are […]

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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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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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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 […]

Family Literacy Month

Family Literacy Month

November is one of our favorite months because it is Family Literacy Month! Story time is a great opportunity to bond with your child and help them practicing their reading skills. A family that reads together, grows together. Here are some tips on how to celebrate Family Literacy Month: (1) The Joys of Childhood. We […]

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Read the Book, Watch the Movie

We have received many tips on how parents across the country are inspiring their young readers and wanted to share with all of you in hopes to spread the good news. Are you currently trying to figure out how to inspire your young child? Need book suggestions? Looking for creative ways to get involved in […]

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Need a Few Suggestions?

Now that school is back in session and your young reader is enjoying the joys of learning, the team at Barbershop Books thought it would be helpful to provide you with a short list of must-read children’s books that will keep your young reader inspired! Here are a few suggestions: Enough “America has been molded […]