The Nerdery - Overnight Website Challenge

Chicago 2015, May 2-3

Brown Baby Reads

Brown Baby Reads is a nonprofit organization focused on the enrichment of African-American youth and children in the areas of literacy. Our vision is to see African-American youth and children equipped with literacy, esteemed and empowered to achieve success in their lives and positively impact their world. Brown Baby Reads provides a number of resources, which includes an African-American Children’s Book Database, Articles & Research on literacy, and an interactive reading website for children titled "Cocoa Kids Read."



Our Core Beliefs Are:



- African-American children are valuable and deserve to see unique reflections of themselves and their community in what they read.



- Reading provides knowledge, creates opportunities, and changes the lives of children.



- It is imperative that African-American children see the wealth, depth, and diversity of the African-American experience in order to affirm their potential and identity.



- A generation of literate and empowered African-American young people will change the world.



- We can all have an impact—whether we are parents, teachers, community and church members, or family members. It is our responsibility to affect change to whatever measure we can.



- Parents, teachers, and other key adults are children’s greatest resource for success.



- Media has a powerful impact on children to affect motivation, establish values and priorities, and influence esteem.

What new functionality we are looking for

Our desire is to have an interactive website that is youth and adult friendly with a strong navigational structure, strong content, and relatively fast functionality.



Easy Navigation: We strive to have a website that allows easy and clear navigation so viewers can see structure. Brown Baby Reads has a lot of resources and thus wants to ensure those who visit the website do not get lost trying to find information.



Strong Content: We also want our website to have good content . It is critical for the website to have a clear message of who we are, what we do, and how people can get involved. Content can also serve as a marketing approach to get viewers to get involved.



Functionality: We would like our website to have a decent download time with minimal size in videos, images, and music. Graphics are important, but we do not want that to delay the process in viewers learning about the organization.

How the new functionality will help

Having a new website will help Brown Baby Reads have a strong presence in the tech community in telling our story about literacy for African-American Children. Because our organization is web-based with various resources and interactive programs online, it is critical that our website is fully functional in serving those who are passionate about our cause. As we promote this story on literacy, having a web presence furthermore allows us to reach to a greater audience both domestically and internationally. Within the African Diaspora, there are numerous organizations looking for African-American/Black children's books to provide for schools, educational organizations, and in families. Therefore, a new website can further extend our services and resources to a larger audience.

How our organization will use the technology

Who will use the technology

94 Messages from Supporters

2015-03-17 20:27:03 UTC
CounterVisions Learning Center

Congrats to Brown Baby Reads! I use their extensive database to prepare guided readings for my summer storybook reading programs. Good Luck!

2015-02-20 21:33:23 UTC
Janice Bojda

I believe in fostering a love of reading and learning for all children. Brown Baby serves an important purpose in helping children find books that they can connect with and love.

2015-02-20 23:43:08 UTC
Kel

I love that there is a place where I can find books about everyday life and family with characters that my son can identify.

2015-03-17 20:35:57 UTC
Sancha Bernard

Fantastic collection of books that I can purchase from all the way in the UK as there is a very limited range of books which show representations that my son can relate to - Thank you!

2015-03-06 19:22:33 UTC
Catherine

Reading, reading, reading. Such an important life skill for children and families. Providing Brown Baby Reads with a new and improved website will help support the mission and fun of reading. Congratulations on this effort.

2015-02-18 21:43:47 UTC
Ivan G.

Brown Baby Reads! If there ever was a time for this it is now. 2050 demographic projections tell us that our nation will no longer have white majority. How do we prepare ourselves and our kids for this reality? Brown Baby Reads!

2015-02-18 21:47:21 UTC
Daniel

The mission of Brown Baby Reads is so significant! Many of us have witnessed first hand how dramatic of a difference it makes when children are reading/being read to on a regular basis, and BBR is making that a reality for hundreds of children!

2015-02-18 21:56:32 UTC
Rachel

I love what this organization stands for! Reading books helped me to grow, develop, and enhance my life and my education from a young age. Everyone deserves such an opportunity! I love that this organization is connecting people with access and abilities to seek out role models, companions, and mentors in the world of literature. Life changing work! Thankful for their mission and vision.

2015-02-18 22:01:55 UTC
Isaiah R.

I firmly believe in the mission of Brown Baby Reads and the significant impact that this organization has on our children's academic achievements!

2015-02-18 22:23:20 UTC
Grace Y.

I believe this is a mission worth supporting and couldn't be more excited for the impact they will have on the lives of children and families for all communities!

2015-02-18 22:49:29 UTC
Rox

Promoting literacy among any group of children is a blessing. I thank God for this organization as they help educate African American children. Keep up the great job that you all are doing. God Bless.

2015-02-18 22:58:22 UTC
Melissa Mosley

Reading is such a beautiful gift to give any child, how much more effective is that gift when the heros and heroines of these books look like the children that are reading them? Brown Baby Reads is helping to bring literature to African American children that affirms the beauty and worth they have inside of them. This coupled with improved literacy can be life-changing for a child. Keep up the good work BBR!

2015-02-19 04:24:27 UTC
Carol

This is an amazing organization that promotes reading! Reading is not only great for learning and education but also helps kids and families bond together! This mission helps more families to experience the love of reading about families that look like them! Keep up the great work!

2015-02-19 17:35:31 UTC
Lauren

Brown Baby Reads is a great organization with a critical mission. Reading is a fundamental skill that can empower and elevate a child to dream bigger and accomplish more. Keep up the great work!!

2015-02-20 14:31:26 UTC
Traci Powell from E-Town

Brown Baby Reads is Awesome! My son and niece loved attending the recent Brown Baby Reads Book Fair this past weekend. They absolutely loved having a chance to see their reflections on the cover of the books. I think this is one of the most important aspects of elementary aged children and getting them exposed to literacy and reading for simple pleasure of reading. Thank you and Amen to the organization and all those who help to facilitate this ongoing process! Our family is looking forward to more from Brown Baby Reads!

2015-02-20 14:39:35 UTC
Anonymous

This is a great organization providing awesome books that allow children from other cultures to see themselves in the books that Brown Baby promotes. This is important!

2015-02-20 19:08:34 UTC
Lise F

Brown Baby Reads provides an important resource for children, parents, teachers and librarians, opening up new worlds for everyone. As a librarian, it has helped me to expand and enrich the children's collection of our library.

2015-02-20 19:20:27 UTC
Keith

I support and believe in this organization and it's mission. Additionally, "Positive" imagery explored through it's offering builds self esteem and healthy imagination for the young readers.

2015-02-20 19:24:39 UTC
Sheila

Before Brown Baby, it was difficult to find books that reflect our children. "Congrats to Brown Baby and their work with children!" and THANK YOU!!!!!

2015-02-20 22:11:15 UTC
Anonymous

Literacy is a crucial, but yet overlooked problem of the day. Brown Baby Reads is vital to unlocking the potential of the next generation of African-American citizens and leaders. A new interactive website would only enhance the organization's mission delivery and further distribute its value across the country.

2015-02-21 01:25:03 UTC
Kyle

Brown Baby Reads has been an amazing tool for our family. Our 8 year old is flying through multiple books supplied by BBR and my wife has been able to bring so much more of rich and broad African American literature experience to her all African American 5th grade class supplied by BBR. Without BBR she has struggled to supply AA focused books to her students. Thank you Brown Baby Reads. Please allow this great goup to expand their ongoing impact with a new website.

2015-02-21 00:50:29 UTC
Regina

I love these books and the resources this place offers! My children love reading and hearing the stories. I am so that I can find books that elevate my childrens' self-esteem, create a great imagination, and at a low cost!

Brown Baby reads NEEDS to get the free website because they are actually making a change in the community and could do more with a newer more interactive website!

2015-02-21 16:48:00 UTC
Valerie J.

I love that my children have access to books about them. That these book are easy to get and my kids love them!! Can't find these in abundance at your local library.

2015-02-23 07:14:24 UTC
Rebecca Ginsburg

We always ask Brown Baby Reads to our community-based events because its message is so important to get out there. Reading to kids is essential! And providing them with characters and contexts with which they can identify is so important to encouraging their reading and to supporting their learning. Thank you to Brown Baby Reads for promoting literacy, reading, and the the production of more books with positive messages. I hope their dream website can become a reality.

2015-02-24 20:05:47 UTC
Falyon Ligon

I haven't used the site much yet, but my 4 year old is eager to read and I think this will be extremely useful. What Brown Baby Reads is doing is invaluable.

2015-02-25 23:12:08 UTC
Na

Brown Baby Reads is an essential non-profit organization that promotes the love of reading and access to books for children of color. It is a great resource and tool to encourage African-American children to read and to provide books where they can build text -to - self connections, along with having representation in literature!!

My love for reading was sparked in middle school when I read Maya Angelou's, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings". I was engrossed in the book as a result of Mrs. Angelou's literary craft and because she was a woman of color.

It's very important for African-American children and ALL children to read stories both fiction and non-fiction that can be a reflection of themselves, or ignite an interest in writing and reading. Please help Brown Baby Reads grow through their website and provide exposure to a larger audience!!

2015-03-05 18:36:13 UTC
Y.R.A.

As a child, my mother took me and my sisters to the library on a weekly basis. I loved reading books, but recognized the lack of diversity within the material I read. I longed to find characters that looked like me and had a story to tell. Brown Baby Reads provides the imagery and self reflection for black children that I unfortunately did not see enough of. Additionally, Brown Baby Reads stresses the importance of literacy and the ways it improves a person's ability to succeed in life. From providing teachers with book support to engaging the community on programming activities, Brown Baby makes the effort in providing access for educators, families, and organizations with books to develop more cultural awareness. It is my hope that Brown Baby receives this opportunity to develop a new website so they can reach a broader audience both domestically and globally. Go Brown Baby Reads!

2015-03-05 19:12:30 UTC
Anonymous

Keep up the good work. Your organization promotes excellent books to increase diversity for children of other cultures!

2015-03-05 19:44:04 UTC
Betsy Jenkins

Brown Baby reads has become a very important part of our programming. The children are enjoying the series and continually look forward to when its times to read. The books help children obtain that well needed connection with their culture along with others.

2015-03-05 19:59:02 UTC
octavia

Brown Baby Reads have great titles that excite my entire family. Its great having them in our loving community. The variety of subjects abd and illustration is great for all ages.

2015-03-05 20:33:08 UTC
Lachisa Barton

I love Brown Baby Reads! I have 4 children and am raising my niece and I always come here to get book suggestions. Its great to have a place to find enriching books that are geared toward people of color. I also use this website in my classroom. We enjoyed the black history timeline and learned some important facts that even myself as a coordinator was not aware of. I hope you all reach your goal because i'm looking forward to the expanded website! Thanks for all you do!

2015-03-06 01:15:39 UTC
Anonymous

As an educator, I know that it is vital that young people see themselves in stories in order to make connections to the message. Brown Baby Reads provides a resource that any teacher can appreciate. This organization provides grade level appropriate titles to educators, providing books that many libraries fail to make accessible to the African American community. It would be a service to many if the organization was able to share their knowledge with others by having a website created by experts. By structuring their website efficiently to provide teachers as well as parents helpful information on books, Brown Baby Reads could allow more individuals to know about these publications. This gift would benefit many.

2015-03-06 02:27:48 UTC
Lavora

I am so proud of the Brown Baby Reads program. It provides resources for parents and teachers to help infuse knowledge in our children. Congratulations for a job well done. A professional website will help spread the word and improve literacy in the nation.

2015-03-06 14:58:18 UTC
Anonymous

Congratulations Brown Baby Reads, I hope you win and receive a website.

We need more groups like this that stresses education and makes it enjoyable for our African American children. The books you highlight has helped me interest my son in reading, especially when he sees books with characters in our beautiful array of color.

He likes to be read to; but, most importantly with the age appropriate books you suggest, it puts the fun back into reading. Which I tend to forget I need to do to grab his interest.

Thank you Brown Baby Reads.

2015-03-06 15:45:24 UTC
Heidy Valenzuela

Reading is essential for our children! So excited for the work Brown Baby is doing, congratulations to everyone on such important work!

2015-03-06 18:18:44 UTC
Denice

I have 3 young children. This website have showed me books that I did not know was out there. My little girl would come home and tell me she didn't like the way she look anymore. I didn't want my little girl to be sad because she was brown. I wanted my children to be proud of their brown skin; so I was on a mission to find books that show little brown girls and boys so my children can relate to the stories and because of this website both my boys and my daughter have a love for books not only because we read to them daily but because they can relate with the stories and see images of people who look like them.

2015-03-07 15:56:51 UTC
Melanie Janae

Brown Baby Reads is important to our youth. Education through reading is valuable to everyone. Thank you Brown Baby Reads for all you do!

2015-03-08 22:19:17 UTC
Regina Owens

With all of my heart, also sincerity Brown Baby Reads will win a free website. More than we can all imagine, our children needs to be aware of all the good books, which has been written for them; books of today, as well as yesterday also with the hopes of more books to be written for them all in the upcoming future. It has been often been quoted, a good book maybe more enjoyable then perhaps a movie, however most of all to read to our children will not only inspire those small, developing minds; just because to inspire our children to ready will bring about a future generation of educated minds all because of reading is indeed fundamental. So, best of all to Brown Baby Reads, and the winning of a website, for after all for the sake of children including reading--always. All the best, and what the best can be in regards to reading.

2015-03-12 03:06:18 UTC
Anonymous

I appreciate that Brown Baby Reads is a resource that I can use to find books that feature children/characters who my son can identify with and relate to.

2015-03-09 14:14:59 UTC
Emily

Every child deserves to see themselves reflected in the stories they read and hear. What better way to connect to culture & community than Brown Baby Reads? Keep up the great work!

2015-03-10 00:45:53 UTC
Rosalyn Erby

I'm extremely pleased to have this opportunity to express my gratitude to Brown Baby Reads for a job well done. Brown Baby Reads has provided an accessible tool for parents, educators, mentors, friends and students to utilize. The books and information provided, I believe, have enhanced reading skills, fostered self-esteem, improved cognition, increased vocabulary and expanded overall learning. Reading is a fundamental skill one needs to succeed. It unlocks the doors to our imaginations and our surrounding world. Children need to be excited about reading, including children of color. Regretfully, children of color often are not regularly exposed to books with characters/brown people like them. Brown Baby Reads has become part of the solution, providing high interest, motivational and diverse books written by and featuring minorities. They have done a terrific job; let’s see them expand their talents. I am honored to recommend them, and would very much like to see them chosen to win a new website. It would be an expanded opportunity to reach all children. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Every mind and child counts, no matter what the color of skin.

2015-03-10 20:55:36 UTC
Dori Lehman

I absolutely love that this organization exists! I do wish more of my friends could easily
Access the information on the website ans so I whole heartedly support their seeking to
Make their site more user friendly. I look forward to browsjng the new site with my girls and sharing
It all over the place!

2015-03-11 18:49:06 UTC
Rebecca

The Brown Baby Reads website offers so much already to spark reading interest among children who need to see and read about kids like themselves in books. BBR provides great resources for children, and guidance for their parents and teachers, to encourage love of reading to fuel these kids' futures!

2015-03-16 17:58:01 UTC
J. Eddy

I believe "Brown Baby Reads" is an essential organization for our children of color. It is so important that children can connect with their own kind through stories that portray them. Keep up the good work and keep pushing for excellence among our children.

2015-03-17 01:51:05 UTC
Edward A. Eddy, PhD

All children need to see images of themselves in the learning experiences and materials they encounter, if they are to benefit significantly. There is a continuing lack of such opportunities for students of color in the current educational environment, even in this day of increased awareness regarding cultural inclusiveness. Many teachers and librarians are not committed to the idea because they are unaware of its importance or because they are biased against cultures different from their own. As an educator of 50+ years experience with all levels of the educational enterprise, and having taught a variety of ethnicities, I believe it is imperative that such efforts as Brown Baby Reads be prompted and supported in every conceivable venue.

2015-03-17 18:11:32 UTC
Anonymous

As a teacher Brown Baby Reads has helped me to find literature my students can see themselves in. As a parent this organization has helped me find books that offer my children a different perspective and a springboard to important conversations.

2015-03-17 18:41:45 UTC
Nikita Hulbert

Literacy has always been a significant part of the African-American experience from enslaved people like Frederick Douglass teaching themselves to read to the "literacy tests" that prevented some African-Americans from voting. Bravo to Brown Baby Reads for carrying the torch and advancing literacy in the black community. I wish you all the best.

2015-03-17 22:32:20 UTC
Alvin Schexnider , Jr

Brown Baby Reads fills a critical gap in the children's books market--connecting content created by black authors and illustrators to those same audiences. As someone who used to work in the print and digital media space, this is not something that the market, if left to its own, will address. Kudos to the forward thinking leaders of BBR to committing to filling this gap.

2015-03-18 03:25:51 UTC
Matso

I find the book lists on Brown Baby Reads particularly useful in helping me to find books with black characters for my children. Whilst some of the context may be different, given that I am from, and live in South Africa, it is a wonderful source for information critical to communities in Africa and its Diaspora!

2015-03-18 18:53:07 UTC
Rick Cardis

Brown Baby Reads is an important, helpful, useful, ground breaking organization. It's difficult for parents to find books for their children that reflect the world in which we live. I am a white parent of mixed-race children and it's very important to me that my children read quality books in which they see and learn about people who look like them. It's important for my children to read quality books that help them develop positive images of themselves and others. Brown Baby Reads knows this and provides an invaluable resource for parents. Getting their message out to parents of brown children is obviously important, but parents of white children should also benefit from their resources and services. In a very direct way, Brown Baby Reads is making the world a better place. I hope you help them in their work.

2015-03-18 01:00:42 UTC
R. Jones

Love the entire concept;keep encouraging our brown babies to read!!

2015-03-18 08:19:41 UTC
S. Hicks-Bartlett

The research is unequivocally clear: there is a dearth of excellent fiction and nonfiction books for children of color and for other children. Brown Baby Reads helps close this void so that parents, educators and people who simply love to gift children with books have a place to start filling little minds and shelves with great books. Brown Baby Reads is an invaluable resource for us all.

2015-03-18 13:18:06 UTC
Aaron Eddy

I love what this organization stands for. Celebrating the rich heritage of African Americans and helping children realize the beauty that lies within. I'm excited about what BBR has been able to accomplish in these few short years. I'm looking forward to those accomplishments to increase exponentially in the coming years! Congratulations Brown Baby Reads! I can't wait to see the new website!

2015-03-18 19:17:34 UTC
Teacher

Thanks to Brown Baby Reads I was able to use some of the author information and books while in Graduate School completing a Reading Education Degree. The sight allows you to browse a large selection of books by reading ability levels and prepare gift packs.

2015-03-18 08:19:42 UTC
S. Hicks-Bartlett

The research is unequivocally clear: there is a dearth of excellent fiction and nonfiction books for children of color and for other children. Brown Baby Reads helps close this void so that parents, educators and people who simply love to gift children with books have a place to start filling little minds and shelves with great books. Brown Baby Reads is an invaluable resource for us all.

2015-03-18 13:49:33 UTC
Mother of three

We need this. This site is the best kept prize out there. The world needs to know about this and what you have to offer. It's not about being a black thing but more like a people thing. Culture is important in every race so why not let it be important to the black race. We need each other and every race should be able to know stories about themselves and the things that surrounds them. I really pray that you win because it would be a shame.

2015-03-19 19:11:04 UTC
Adia

I have told all my friends about this wonderful site!I love your core beliefs and I would like to see you achieve your desired outcome of the website.

Thanks for being what you are to so many.

2015-03-19 21:19:25 UTC
Lanette

There is little doubt that reading motivation and achievement increase when children are exposed to literature that feature characters that look like them and whose life stories mirror their own experiences and culture. But equally important is the greater exposure and access to culturally-specific books and resources to children of all diversities. I know Brown Baby Reads wants to get all children and youth to read more diverse literature engaging them in stories that feature African-American and African children and youth and their life experiences, so everyone can see things that are similar in each other’s lives. I applaud Brown Baby Reads for its unwavering effort and high quality program to get our children reading and in a more culturally relevant way! It is very rewarding, indeed, to see the look on the little faces of children who see these books recommended by BBR.

2015-03-20 04:21:52 UTC
Cyndi

What a wonderful site and resource! Reading and representation are so, so, so important for all children, absolutely including our African American kids.
Looking forward to the revamped site being even more useful.

2015-03-20 18:30:41 UTC
Boyd

Keep up the great work of providing this terrific resource for the community. Reading skills are so important for success.

2015-03-20 18:56:32 UTC
Anonymous

Brown Baby Reads is an excellent resource for quality books for children. As a Stay At Home/ Homeschooling Mom, BBR is a great asset for book titles to teach specific concepts at home.

2015-03-22 21:11:39 UTC
A

I love brown baby reads as it provides wonderful recommendations for books with characters and children that my son can relate to. Thanks to Brown Baby Reads for its uniqueness!

2015-03-25 14:25:08 UTC
Ronnie Robinson

I love this!!!! to have this most resources available to our kids as possible, in a effort to teach, and learn in a fun and interactive way, is a wonderful mission.

2015-03-25 17:44:21 UTC
Ashley

We used Brown Baby Reads resources at our library. Very fortunate to have them.

2015-03-25 18:08:56 UTC
Christopher and Jessie Meeks

We love Brown Baby Reads!!! It's great having a place where we can go and find books that have characters that look like our children and center around our ethnicity. Thanks for filling this need!!!

2015-03-25 22:02:09 UTC
Margo Robinson

Brown Baby Reads is a wonderful resource. Keep doing all that you do to promote reading.

2015-03-29 23:07:33 UTC
Chris Tabron

I'm really excited for the work that Brown Baby Reads is doing! I think it's so needed. Not only needed in the black community but people of all colors should be exposed to books that paint a positive picture of black people. I'm sold!! Good luck guys!

2015-03-29 15:16:05 UTC
Anonymous

This is a wonderful resource for literacy and school readiness for African American children and their parents. They say that education begins at home, and Brown Baby Reads provides an abundance of books/literacy-encouraging materials for my preschooler. Thank you!

2015-03-30 15:06:43 UTC
Hadiyah Muhammad

Brown Baby Reads is a wonderful organization. The information allows me to engage my son in a fun and exciting way.

2015-03-31 17:36:54 UTC
Jean Murphy

Brown baby reads has done more than most groups to promote literacy among African American youth than most. I'm quite certain that their efforts have have done much to advance the live of reading, close the achievement gap, and increase the public's knowledge of gifted African American writers of children's literature.

2015-03-31 17:17:37 UTC
Naaman Moorman

Brown Babies Read continues to help children of all shapes sizes and color feel great about themselves and foster reading as an enjoyable endeavors. I love giving my grand child books that he and I enjoy reading together. Keep up the good work

2015-03-31 17:34:56 UTC
Jean Murphy

Brown baby reads has done more than most groups to promote literacy among African American youth than most. I'm quite certain that their efforts have have done much to advance the live of reading, close the achievement gap, and increase the public's knowledge of gifted African American writers of children's literature.

2015-03-31 17:22:57 UTC
Kitt

Brown Baby Reads provides such a great service! Reading is so important and it's wonderful to find good material that reflects children of color. (It can be so hard to find good books when your stuck the only the option of judging a book by its cover!) Services like this help drive demand for good books featuring diverse characters and interests.

2015-03-31 17:27:03 UTC
Anne

I have printed out lists from Brown Baby Reads and taken them to the library to find books for my daughter ever since she was a toddler. Now she can read! It is very important to me that my daughter have books that reflect her own fabulous Black self and the world we live in today. I refer everyone looking for books with characters of color in them to BRB as well, particularly transracial adoptive parents. Awesome database!

2015-03-31 17:42:13 UTC
Tamie H

I sit on the board of Brown Baby Reads and I am impressed with the work that this organization does to bring awareness, provide access, and encourage literacy among African American children, teenagers, and adults. When my grand nephew was born, I purchased books from Brown Baby Reads and sat him on my lap and read to him. Having the opportunity to celebrate our culture through picture books featuring bright colors and images that represent us in all of our many ways of being provided me with precious moments of celebration with my grand nephew. Now, at the age of two, he is requesting his favorite titles as he mimics the act of reading. "Peekabook Morning" and "Whose Toes Are Those?" are just a few of his favorites. Thank you Brown Baby Reads for your commitment to literacy!

2015-03-31 17:54:20 UTC
Madeline Micou

As an educator and mother of a Black child, I consider your work necessary and invaluable to our community. I offer my sincere thanks and excitement to Brown Baby Reads, as you continue to blaze new trails of opportunity for our youth....

2015-03-31 19:09:11 UTC
Karen Burke

This IS it. The mission of Brown Baby Reads offers a gateway to a whole new world for our children of all colors. And we NEED this, God knows we need this. Children of color need to see themselves reflected in a mirror of representation that SEES them and recognizes all the infinite possibility in their lives. They need to know and understand that their lives are neither limited nor defined by their relationship to the distorted images of people of color that we are constantly bombarded by in the media. And all of us lucky enough to not have to battle some bogus script for our lives which is based on skin color need to see and hear these stories as well. All you have to do is read the news and you know this is one of the most pressing, urgent, on fire social issues we continue not to address today.

And BBR is addressing it. Not by being reactive to the storm of rhetoric existing around race (the loud rhetoric and the quiet rhetoric and the rhetoric that still waits for the podium), but by simply stepping up and taking space; with the simple invitation to listen to a story. Who doesn't want to listen to a good story?Who, of any of our children, would not be built up in the exercise of reading or being read to? There are stories--millions of them--waiting to be told. Waiting for inspiration, permission, and access to an audience. From the cradle to the grave, all Americans NEED to be taught and touched, moved, inspired, and engaged by these stories. Brown Baby Reads will not collect all of them, that's true. But by supporting BBR, by making it possible for BBR to reach more and more of its audience (which is all of us) we continue to take magnificent and powerful steps on the journey that will ultimately make a WAY for African-American stories to be shared and celebrated with everyone-here in the U.S. and around the world.

I don't know who else, of the many worthy organizations, is vying for this funding; but I am convinced that the mission of Brown Baby Reads is undoubtably THE mission to support. Support Brown Baby Reads with this funding today.

2015-03-31 19:18:14 UTC
Dawn Eddy

As a founding board member, I am excited to hear of the impact our organization has made in the lives of children as it relates to building their literacy and self-esteem concurrently. Our website has always been an important component for building awareness of our organization's mission and providing resources to parents and teachers. As the creator of the website and the person responsible for maintaining it, I am deeply aware of the need for professional help to seamlessly integrate all the resources and components of the website. We have done well to produce a decent website; however, there are functionality issues with the website that no one in the organization has the expertise to fix. An updated website will better serve the families, teachers, librarians, and community groups that utilize our resources.

2015-03-31 19:25:39 UTC
Anonymous

Please help me. I'm kind of embarrassed. I'm just a white woman, a mom. Nothing special, and my plea is really one of convenience, or even economics. See, when I go to baby showers or birthday parties for children (of any color) I am biased. I like to buy books! And that's great, except if the party happens to be for a black child. See, I'm also very disorganized and I procrastinate - so when I buy these books I'm usually running out to Barnes and Noble the day of the party. And that's all fine and good if I'm buying a book for a white child. There's so much to choose from! But I have found, if I'm looking for a book for a black child, or a child of any color, really, there is precious little to choose from. Sure, I could buy them a book where the protagonist is white...or where most of the people are white. But if I want a black protagonist it is usually something about the civil rights movement, and I don't feel real comfortable being the one to introduce that dialogue in a family, especially to a pre-schooler or an infant! It's either Rosa Parks or Harriet Tubman or some heart wrenching story about a child who happened to be a slave, or an escaped slave. Too heavy and too loaded. But the options for black kids are so limited (unless, of course, I want to buy the books that have a lot of white people in them). So what I fall back on, for black children, is the lesser of two evils. Books about animals. Or trucks. Or things. And I feel bad about that. BBR has caught the attention of authors, educators and publishers. BBR is saying to everyone "hey, there's a whole bunch of people over here with stories to tell and sell and buy". I realize if I really had it together, I could go to some specialty bookstore in the right neighborhood to find my books. But I'm not. And if I can run to a Marshall's and pick up a suitable book for a white kid I know, wow, why can't I do that for a black kid? I love BBR and its mission and I think it's totally worthy of funding!! So help us out!

2015-03-31 19:33:09 UTC
jeannette Grant

Congratulations Brown Baby Reads. I hope you get a free website. We need a website like this to encourage our brown babies to read. It's fun too!

2015-03-31 21:45:13 UTC
Amber Vernon

Brown baby reads is a great program and I hope you all get that new website!!its well deserved and much needed!!

2015-03-31 21:40:00 UTC
Rachel Cavalier

As an aunt of an Afrrucan American child an educator, mentor, tutor, counselor.
It is without hesitation that I support this organization.
Cultural & self identity and awareness allow a wholistic approach to discovery, education, & empathy.
Every facility, school, parent, mentor, & child..should take advantage of the priceless resources and tools BBR provides.
Kudos to what you have become & boundless blessings and success for the future.

2015-03-31 21:53:45 UTC
Linda

Brown Baby Reads is providing a valuable service to parents and children. They assists parents with valuable knowledge about age appropriate reading materials and other services to increase the reading ability level of children before they reach the high school and are at a disadvantaged due to lacking reading abilities.

2015-04-01 00:41:55 UTC
Philinda Coleman

Brown Baby Reads is an exciting opportunity for teachers who desire to invest in their students appreciation of learning. The tremendous books and authors that the students gain exposure to are unparalleled. i remain convinced that if we did not have Brown Baby Reads the students would not have an opportunity to explore the rich characters that portray all that is wonderful about the undefineable inner essence of African American and Latina life.

2015-04-01 02:46:57 UTC
Victoria Lawson

We homeschool four of our grandchildren and find Brown Baby Reads to be A great find and help to our curriculum. The students love to read because of the books that Brown Baby Reads makes available. It really makes a difference when the characters look like you and live lives similar to yours. Thank you Brown Baby Reads for helping our students have a love of reading!!

2015-04-01 05:53:16 UTC
Rina Campbell

Brown Baby Reads is an incredible resource for our family and school community. They have lent book bundles to the school to "preview" in the library and classrooms, but have also hand-picked books to get kids who struggle with reading interested in books! Their online reviews have helped me to select books for gifts for our children and other families. Your website is a gift to us all. Thank you!

2015-04-01 08:23:41 UTC
Travis Erby

As a retired teacher, who has taught for over 40 years, I know the importance of reading. The Brown Baby Reads mission statement addresses a real need to help improve reading among minority children. They have introduced a method to help improve reading. When children read and see characters in the stories, that look like themselfs, it has been proven that this helps foster self-esteem and make them want to read more. Anything that helps children improve their reading skills I'm all for it. After seeing statements and testimonies for support of Brown Baby Reads, from other educational professionals and parents, I would be honored to add my name to that growing list of people that would like to see Brown Baby Reads win the new website.

2015-04-01 22:35:38 UTC
Anonymous

I'm rooting for Brown Baby reads to win the free website because it is a wonderful resource for African-American children, parents and educators to find engaging and informative reading material with characters who are relatable to our community and culture. I love Brown Baby Reads!

2015-04-01 17:27:07 UTC
Melinda W

Brown Baby Reads has been great for finding fun, educational and entertaining books for my nieces and nephews! I also work in a public library and recommend the website to patrons looking for African American children's books. I am so glad that Brown Baby Reads exist!

2015-04-03 15:43:28 UTC
Bonita Glover

Hello! I depend on Brown Baby Reads to bring me the latest on what is new and upcoming for children of color. I work with a program to promote reading with my church and Brown Baby Reads is a great source of information! I appreciate their service.

2015-04-03 13:51:27 UTC
Naurice Roberts, Children's Author

Congratulations to Brown Baby Reads. The work you do is imperative! Thank you for your powerful commitment and concern for our children.
Best wishes for continued success. 2015 -- LIVE IT, XL!

2015-04-03 18:22:36 UTC
Shavion Scott

I remember--as a little girl in grade school--always being so excited about the Scholastic book fairs at school. There were so many adventures to explore. I didn't know how to choose from all of the options most of the time, but I knew I couldn't take everything home. So, I focused on collections and book series that were entertaining and fun with life lessons sprinkled here and there. I had the Dr. Seuss collection, Berenstain Bears, Clifford the Big Red Dog and other favorites. In retrospect, I really don't ever remember seeing characters that looked like me. I wonder how much that would've shaped my experience growing up and am thankful that there's an organization who understands the importance of this. Now, other young people of color no longer have to wonder.

Brown Baby Reads makes me smile. It's an organization that reminds me of the innocence and curiosity that children possess as well as how important it is to honor that very impressionable stage in life. In their mission and purpose, BBR fills a clear and apparent gap in education as well as leisure that feeds children's imaginations.

With this idea in mind, a new website is no small thing in a digital age. It is a grand gesture that will position BBR to expand their reach, continue toward an amazing mission, and enhance the great things they've already been able to accomplish through their web presence. Choose this organization!! From that little girl that loved school book fairs and meticulously completed her order form because of her love for books (and on behalf of all children of color)... Thank you in advance!

2015-04-07 02:51:07 UTC
Michael Finney, Tilden Tv & Radio Mentoring Program

Hats off to Brown Baby Reads and the wonderful staff that supports the work. Your contributions and commitment to literacy within the African Diaspora is a compliment to the field of education.

2015-04-13 06:19:02 UTC
Samantha R

Good Luck to Brown Baby Reads! Making positive changes in the community through the promotion of literacy. Organizations like yours are invaluable.

Our Mission

The Mission of Brown Baby Reads is to celebrate, encourage, and promote literacy among African-American children and youth.