Black History Month is the perfect time to not only remember our past, but spring into action to help its future.

A new philanthropic organization, North Paran, has set out on an exciting and ambitious task—giving a book to over 100,000 Black children—and they need your help.

Although it seems like access to books and other reading material should be easy, some children still do not have books at home. As a teacher, I can tell you that I’ve come across many students who, when asked if they read outside of school, have told me they wanted to, but they don’t have a book (and they weren’t lying).

Because of this, Neil Nelson and NorthParan.com aim to change that. Nelson’s new venture, a Black book retailer, intends to give a book to child each time one is purchased from the site. According to Nelson, North Paran’s mission—to provide books to kids—will set children on a course for a better life.

“In the life of a child there is nothing more powerful than a book. It has the potential to free a child’s mind, to open up a world of possibilities. Incredibly, the mere presence of books in the home can lead to greater academic achievement,” Nelson writes. “Researchers have determined that a child who grows up in a home with at least 500 books will attain three more years of education than a student with no books in the home. But for millions of children in the United States and around the world, their access to age-appropriate books is limited or nonexistent. North Paran’s mission is to change that.”

By visiting NorthParan.com you would not only be helping yourself and Black authors by reading and buying their books, but you’d also be helping give the gift of reading to Black children. Check it out.

Meet the Cofounders of NorthPara.com and hear more about their exciting mission.

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  • Shauna

    Thanks for this article. It’s nice to see programs like this that benefit children in the USA (although all the programs that send books to kids in Africa are great as well), in addition to black authors. I’m always buying books and will be sure to purchase something from NorthParan.

  • I just went to the African American Book Fair in my city and was unable to buy books, because the fair was ending and the checkout line was too long, so I planned to buy a bunch of books for family and friends on Amazon. Thank you for sharing this link. It was the perfect timing. I have shared it with my family, friends, coworkers, and Facebook and I implore others to do the same. It’s important to have multicultural books in your child’s book collection and being able to support the community while buying books is a plus.

    Ms. Pillowz

  • Annie L.

    Thank you for this article.