Changing the Narrative

Young, Black & Lit is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to increasing access to children's books that center, reflect, and affirm Black children.  Young, Black & Lit's programming focuses on providing free new books to youth in pre-K through 8th grades.   


Books Distributed Since May 2018



of low-income homes have no books in their homes for their children. 


of children's books published in 2018 depicted African/American characters.

Studies have shown: 

The most successful way to improve the reading achievement of low-income children is to increase their access to print.

Children's book distribution and ownership programs have positive behavioral, educational, and psychological outcomes.

It is important for children to have access to books that serve as mirrors - reflecting their own culture - and books that serve as windows - allowing views into someone else's experiences.



This month Young, Black & Lit donated 50 new children's books to Dawes Elementary School and an additional 20 new children's books to Bethel AME Church in Evanston, IL.

Young, Black & Lit also celebrated Juneteenth this year with a book give away at YoFresh Yogurt Cafe.  We were thrilled to be able to give away over 130 new children's books featuring Black characters to the community.  Many thanks to Kemone Hendricks of Evanston Past and Future for inviting us to participate in the celebration!


Bring a Young, Black & Lit Pop-up Bookstore to your business, school, organization or event! Email info@youngblackandlit.org for more information. 

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