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The SCBWI-MI Equity & Inclusion Team presents BOOKS WITH BARBERS!

The SCBWI-MI Equity & Inclusion Team is highlighting literacy efforts that support Michigan readers. This year’s initiative is Books With Barbers, a program that provides books for young patrons of barber shops in Detroit. The initiative was discovered by SCBWI-MI’s Debbie Gonzales who met Michigan literacy experts and coordinators of the Books With Barbers program, Ashelin Currie and Jerry Jones at a Michigan Reading Association meeting and we are so happy that she connected us!

The Books With Barbers mission is to use the popular community hub to distribute books featuring characters of color that reflect the readers’ experiences, culture and community.  Let’s help readers enjoy a great book along with a new haircut. You can support this book drive by selecting a book from the Book Wish List and sending it to Books For Barbers from November 15 – December 15.

Below is the information for the Books With Barbers donation process:

To purchase a book to be donated to Books With Barbers (BWB), please follow these instructions:

1) Visit the Source Booksellers website at and select the book from the Children’s Book section

2) On the checkout page, find the Comments Section and write  BOOKS WITH BARBERS.

3) Make your payment.

4) Your purchase will be sent to the BWB Coordinator.

(If the book is not listed, or if you have challenges making the purchase, simply call the bookstore at (313) 832-1155 and your order will be taken over the phone.)

If you would like to purchase a book from Amazon or from another bookstore, please have the book sent directly to the BWB Coordinator:

Ms. Jerry Jones
1 Lafayette Plaisance Street
Apt. 1811
Detroit, Michigan 48207


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