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The NHBW literacy initiative is a grassroots movement established to help raise reading levels for students across the country.  The goal is to attack the systemic reading epidemic.  The plan is to not only be a resource for grade school students but for children in daycares/nursery schools as well.


Our mission is to provide the tools and resources to combat this epidemic at the ground level.  WE plan to put a book in every home and support parents as the child’s first and most important teacher.  We plan to increase literacy and promote a child’s successful transition into the educational school system through outreach and awareness to parents about the importance of reading readiness for children birth through 5 years of age.


The goal is to increase the percentage of students reading by the time they enter kindergarten and establish a literacy based resource center for both daycares/nurseries and grade schools.  Educational support systems are the key to keeping children in school, in the work force, off welfare, and away from criminal activities.  This goal will be reached by the following:

Each year during the month of February, NHBW observes the African American Read-In sponsored by the Black Caucus of NCTE and NCTE.


During the fall, NHBW hosts Laps for Literacy in each of their chapter states to raise money for Reading Rooms and Reading Corners in these states.

Have children books to donate?  Contact your nearest Chapter or National office for more information.


Reading Room/Corner Locations

African American Read In Laps for Literacy Book Donations Real Men Read
Reading for Life Locations

NHBW, Inc. provides books to 1,000's of families through the "Reading for Life" reading rooms and corners.