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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


Studies have shown: 

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


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

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


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

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.


Check out this feature on Young, Black & Lit which aired on CNN!


You can view the full article here.

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For the month of January, YBL donated a total of 950 books to 13 schools and organizations across the country, including Dewey Elementary School; Garfield Behavioral Health Hospital; SAL Community & Family Services; Joseph Warren Elementary School; Mackenzie Elementary School; Beech Creek Ministries; Breakthrough Beginners; Educare of Chicago; West St. John Elementary Head Start; National Teacher's Academy; Janae A. Neil Elementary School; Academy of Warren; Oaklawn Bluestone Clinic.


If you are an organization or school serving low-income youth and are in need of new children's books, sign-up for a donation below!

Photo Credit: John Howell//
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Young, Black & Lit is thrilled to partner with the Steans Family Foundation to provide over 40 mini library sets to 5 childcare centers in the North Lawndale community on Chicago's west side.

To learn more about the Steans Family Foundation, click here.

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Young, Black & Lit is also thrilled to partner with Reach Out & Read Illinois to provide 275 books to doctor's offices at Friend Family Health.

To learn more about Reach Out & Read Illinois, click here.

To partner with Young, Black & Lit, please email us at