African American children are disproportionately behind all other children in reading comprehension. The National Assessment of Educational Progress noted in its 2015 report that only 18% of African-American fourth graders were found to be proficient in reading. In the eighth grade, the numbers are worse: only 16% of African-American students are rated proficient in reading. There are numerous reasons why these problems exist within the African-American community.

Here’s what we’re doing to combat this issue…

  1. With every one-year paid subscription, we’ve found a way to give a free subscription to a child in an underserved community.
  2. WR is providing a platform for established and independent children’s authors that serve our demographic with a platform to reach their audience. Sponsored book signings, author focused boxes, WR POP book shopping events, community reading rooms and so much more! You’ll find all details and updates in our newsletter, Well Read Wednesday's!
  3. Keeping YOU informed - we’ve committed ourselves to being the premier location for the latest news, updates and trends in the African American children’s literature space. We will deliver this information primarily through our social media, blog and newsletter.

Here’s what YOU can do help combat this issue…

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