Once I began to read, I began to exist. - Walter Dean Myers



Denise Lopez-GillWard STEM School
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I love that [Young, Black & Lit] had relatable books for my students to enjoy.
Korin Elisa WeathersbyKIPP Ascend Primary School
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Our kids need to see representations of themselves in what they read, which can in turn, grow their love of reading...Young, Black & Lit supplied books to our students, which has been a blessing.
Parent of a child in Lit Year Program
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We didn’t have many books featuring children of color before this year! Now we read them all the time and it is so fun to have that simple way to teach our children that we love people from all backgrounds.
Naadeyah Haseeb
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“[E]veryone deserves the chance to fall into a great book and get lost in the story entirely. And black youth deserve to see their lives and their voices validated not only in literature, but in the world.”

Check out a few of our past donations:

St. Ailbe Catholic School
Young, Black & Lit had the pleasure of stopping by Ms. Samantha Davis' class at St. Ailbe Catholic School to make a donation of books to add to the classroom's library.
Barbara A. Sizemore Academy
Young, Black & Lit had the pleasure of stopping by the Barbara A. Sizemore Academy to make a donation of books for grades 4-8.
Childcare Network of Evanston
Young, Black & Lit made classroom donations to the McGaw YMCA - Evanston's Head Start program. This donation was funded by grant monies awarded to YBL from the North End Mothers' Club.
Oakton Elementary School
Young, Black & Lit provided one book per month to Oakton students for a Lit Year partnership for the 2019-2020 school year.
Learn 7 Elementary School
Young, Black & Lit partnered with Learn 7 Elementary School to provide over 800 books featuring Black characters to students in grades K through 5. YBL volunteers visited classrooms to talk about our mission, read to the students, and provide each child with a tote bag full of four books featuring Black characters.

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