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What constitutes effective teaching?

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 recently that I think would be of interest to you. Teacher Succeeded By Invading Students’ Precious Lunchroom Time The education columnist for the Washington Post brings our attention to teachers who stand out in […]

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‘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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5 Children’s Books About Math

Indulging in a fun children’s book is a great way to increase out-of-school time reading and learn the ins and outs of math simultaneously! Here are 5 children’s books that will help your child explore math through reading. How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? Mr. Tiffin and his students explore skip counting and estimation in […]

Reading is so lit!

Even during these difficult times, Barbershop Books is leading the way in bringing joy to young boys of color through literacy. Take a moment to read about the new partnerships and programs supporting young readers. Reading So Lit The first cohort of Reading So Lit is complete! Barbershop Books is proud to announce that 17 participants finished the Reading […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Free Children’s Books For Young Readers

#GivingTuesdayNow is a day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 –  in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec 1, 2020 #GivingTuesday – as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Despite the challenging times and uncertainty that persists today, our work supporting young Black boys across […]

We’re here to help

We’re Here to Help

These are challenging and uncertain times for everyone and especially parents of young children who are now home for the foreseeable future. Here at Barbershop Books, we want to share some helpful resources that we ALL can enjoy. Whether you are a parent trying to navigate homeschooling your child, an adult who needs some comedic […]


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 […]