Thanks to our generous donors, each month Young, Black & Lit is able to partner with individuals and organizations to donate books that center, reflect, and affirm Black children to local youth at no cost to youth and their families. 

Special thanks to our 2019 grantors:






Check out some of the donations we've made:

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Barbara A. Sizemore Academy

Young, Black & Lit had the pleasure of stopping by the Barbara A. Sizemore Academy to make a Lit Library donation to two classrooms this month. The books ranged from 4th through 8th grade. 


Lit Partner: Burst Into Books!

Young, Black & Lit had the opportunity to partner with a fantastic youth literacy organization in Chicago, Burst Into Books!, to participate in Family Literacy Night at The New King Academy for Social Justice (pictured right). We had a great time giving away books and interacting with students and their families. 


Lit Partner: Oakton Elementary School

We are excited to announce our partnership with Oakton Elementary School located in the Evanston/Skokie School District 65.  The Lit Partnership will be in 3 phases.  We kicked off November with phase 1 by dropping off a set of 30 children's books featuring Black characters for every third, fourth and fifth grade teacher at Oakton to add to their classrooms' libraries (over 350 new books)! Phase 2 happened in December when YBL took over Oakton's Story Store and gave away over 175 books to students during lunch periods. We can't wait to announce the next phase of our partnership with Oakton and we hope the Oakton Cougars enjoy reading the new books! 

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Ms. Karon Khaleel

National Teachers Academy

For October, YBL donated a Lit Library to Ms. Karon Khaleel, a 4th Grade teacher at National Teachers Academy.  NTA's mission is to produce life-long learners. We hope these new books help aid that mission for Ms. Khaeel's class and beyond!  


Self-Esteem Book Club

For September, YBL donated a set of books to Dr. Felisha Parsons, a 3rd Grade teacher at Dr. Bessie Rhodes School of Global Studies, to start her after school book club for young girls in 3rd through 6th Grades. Firebird and Love Double Dutch both explore themes around young girls growing into their confidence which is appropriate since Dr. Parsons' Book Club will focus on building self-esteem. We can't wait to hear more about how this Book Club develops!


Evanston CommUNITY Picnic

Young, Black & Lit had a great time on a beautiful day engaging with Evanston residents at the Evanston CommUNITY Picnic this month.  We gave away 150 children's books featuring Black characters to children for free!  This Lit Book Fair was sponsored by a generous grant from Evanston Cradle to Career/Advocates for Action.


Thank you Evanston Cradle to Career for helping us increase access to culturally relevant books for local youth!


Childcare Network of Evanston

Young, Black & Lit had the pleasure of stopping by the McGaw YMCA - Evanston's Head Start classrooms to donate children's books featuring Black characters to their libraries. The students were super excited to receive the new books (especially the Black Panther books). We loved their excitement and hope they enjoy reading the books! Thank you Childcare Network of Evanston for welcoming us.

This donation was funded by grant monies awarded to YBL from the North End Mothers' Club. Thank you NEMC for your help ensuring increased access to books celebrating the stories of diverse children!!


Learn 7 "Lit Summer" Partnership

Young, Black & Lit partnered with Learn 7 Elementary School to provide over 800 books featuring Black characters to students in grades K through 5. YB&L volunteers visited classrooms to talk about our mission, read to the students, and provide each child with a tote bag full of four books featuring Black characters.

YB&L's “Lit Summer” Program is designed to provide four to six culturally relevant books to students to keep them engaged with reading and prevent summer slide over summer break.  Learn 7 is the first Lit Summer partnership for Young, Black & Lit. We are excited about this partnership and hope the students keep reading all summer long!


YBL One-Year Anniversary Event

YBL celebrated our one year anniversary in May by giving away books, tote bags and goodies to youth! Thank you to everyone who stopped by! 

Special thanks to Ms. Kimberly Holmes-Ross and the Student Advocates from Evanston Cradle to Career for keeping the kids entertained with Kindergarten readiness activities, Robert Campbell for taking photos, our kid author Keiland Willams ( for bringing his books to donate, and all of the YBL volunteers for ensuring the event went smoothly. 

We truly appreciate all of the support and hope to continue to grow our reach in the community!


St. Ailbe Catholic School

YB&L had the pleasure of stopping by Ms. Samantha Davis' class at St. Ailbe Catholic School to make a Lit Library donation of books to add to the classroom's library.  The students were very excited to receive the new books and we hope that excitement continues as they read the books! 


KinderCare Evanston

YB&L had the pleasure of stopping by Ms. Delphine Perrin Evans' preK class at Evanston KinderCare to make a Lit Library donation of books to add to the classroom's library.  We hope the books continue to bring joy to Lit Readers at Evanston KinderCare for years to come! 


Crown Community Academy

YB&L had the pleasure of stopping by Ms. Chante Latimore's class at Crown Community Academy in the Lawndale community to make a Lit Class donation to a bright group of rising stars! Each student was able to take home two books to add to their home libraries.   


Evanston Public Library - MLK Day

To kick off the year, YB&L was thrilled to be invited to participate in Evanston Public Library's celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  In the spirit of community, we gathered with children and their families in the Children's Room for storytelling and a powerful rendition of Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech.  YB&L was able to give away over 90 books featuring Black main characters to children in attendance. This donation helped us reach a milestone of donating over 500 books to local youth! 

2018 Donations

Joy of Giving Holiday Event


Learn 7 Elementary School

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Evanston CommUNITY Picnic


Kingsway Preparatory School


Infant Welfare Society of Evanston

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KIPP Ascend Primary School


Salons & Barbershops

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Family Focus Evanston