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OUR STORY

VISUALIZING THE DREAM

The St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature Initiative is a social entrepreneurial response to the predominance of metropolitan St. Louis’ Black children reading at extremely low levels of proficiency in third grade.

WE ARE COMMITED TO

 1) Promoting the importance of early literacy (PK-3), 2) Creating opportunities to feature children’s literature published by Black authors, and 3) Bridging early literacy gaps between home, school, and the community.

WHAT WILL WE DO?

1000 Book Boxes
1000 Parents
1000 St. Louis Homes

Take a look at our work in three
simple steps.

01.

1000 BOOK BOXES

  • Custom designed book-boxes that include children’s literature and posters published by St. Louis authors and illustrators, that value the images and interests of Black children.
  • We make available fun, creative, and engaging early literacy activities that are aligned with national learning standards.

02.

1000 PARENTS

  • The highlight of the campaign is our Family Style Dining Dinners where we have a dialogue with parents about how literacy is socialized within the home (listening, speaking, reading, writing and techno-browsing).
  • Targeted invitations are given to families living in zip code areas with the lowest levels of 3rd grade reading proficiency.

03.

1000 ST.LOUIS HOMES

  • We encourage individuals, businesses, and organizations of good will to purchase our book-boxes for families that lack age appropriate books at home.
  • We strive to connect parents to evidence based strategies and community resources that support children learning how to read.
heritage, march 2014
believe, march 2014

WHAT CAN WE ACHIEVE

THE SOCIAL IMPACT

According to For the Sake of All (2015), a multi-disciplinary report about the well being of Blacks in St. Louis, it’s estimated that for every $1 invested in quality early childhood education for Black children, the region will see a return of between $3 and $17 in benefits, including reduced crime, improved health, and an uptick in higher education.

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St. Louis Black Authors of Children's Literature Initiative

CONTACT INFORMATION

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(314) 635-7294

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stlblackauthors@gmail.com

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