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Coronavirus Update

We’re inspiring boys to read wherever they are

School and library closures due to the Coronavirus have left many kids without access to quality books and essential academic support. We’re working with our community partners to distribute free new books at emergency feeding sites. We’re also developing engaging digital content to inspire Black boys to read.

New Digital Content to Inspire Young Readers

To ensure Black boys and other vulnerable children have academically enriching, culturally responsive, and fun reading experiences, Barbershop Books leads weekly virtual read alouds and an educational puppet show. We are also developing an online eLibrary filled with quality children’s literature from Black authors and illustrators.

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