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Consider buying books from an independent bookstore before looking on Amazon. Small independent bookstores have a bigger impact on their community than it may seem. They support local programs and bring in revenue to their city or town. And in these times, it is now more important than ever to support local independent black-owned bookstores.
Pittsfield, MA
Ty is an award-winning children’s book author, literacy advocate, and captivating motivational speaker. In 2011 he founded Big Head Books, LLC, a literacy organization that aims to introduce children to the joys of reading. Ty travels around the country inspiring children and educating adults about the impacts of illiteracy.  

Books can be delivered directly to:

Lisa Vergara

c/o Storytime Crafts

21 Greenwood Ave.

Needham, MA 02492

"Every student deserves to see themselves in the books they read. Books have the power to encourage students while at the same time enlighten other readers of the truths about lives they don’t live. And hopefully, that enlightenment will spur compassion, understanding, and change."  --Jennifer H.

"When you open a book and read of a character that thinks, feels, and loves the way that you do, you feel less alone. You feel more validated and confident in your identities to see a story map out your heart and soul. Kids need to feel confident in who they are from the earliest stages of development, and normalizing diversity is key to that goal."  --Nikolas A.





57 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA 02119 | | 617-541-1722

Frugal Bookstore is the only black-owned bookstore in Boston. Located in Roxbury, Frugal is owned and operated by Clarissa and Leonard Egerton, two bibliophiles who want to share their love for literature with their community. They sell brand new books online, over the phone, or in person, and their customer service is amazing.


51 Bearskin Neck, Rockport, MA 01966 | | 508-233-8418

Susie’s Stories is located in Rockport and represents the vision of Susie Rich, “to educate and entertain, promoting a positive image of self-esteem, confidence and the importance of community to both young readers and adults.” Susie’s Stories offers children’s books, poetry, and much more. Through storytelling, this independent bookstore aims to encourage positive attitude and to educate children on health and safety information about staying safe during extreme weather occurrences.



97 Hancock St, Springfield, MA 01109 | | 413-737-6400

In Springfield, Olive Tree Books-n-Voices has been owned and operated by Zee Johnson for over 15 years. The building where the comfy bookstore stands was once a crack house. With a lot of love, inspiration, and help from her community, Johnson transformed the location into an inviting safe haven where you can get lost in the over 500 titles that focus on historical works, children’s stories, and their beloved inspirational & religious section. Stop by today for a friendly smile or a bit of inspiration.



Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X, by Ilyasah Shabazz


Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness, by Anastasia Higginbotham's,it%E2%80%94including%20some%20white%20people.


A Is for Activist, Innosanto Nagara


Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, Vashti Harrison


New Kid, by Jerry Craft


The Hate You Give, by Angie Thomas


This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work, by Tiffany Jewell


The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family, by Ibtihaj Muhammad and S.K. Ali


I Am Enough, by Grace Byers


Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy, by Tony Medina


Freedom River, by Doreen Rappaport


When We Were Alone, by David Robertson


Harbor Me, by Jacqueline Woodson


What Lane?, by Torrey Maldonado

The Undefeated, by Kwame Alexander


American Born Chinese, by Gene Luen Yang


Kamala & Maya’s Big Idea, by Meena Harris


Grandpa, Is Everything Black Bad?, by Sandy Lynne Holman


Antiracist Baby, by Ibram X. Kendi


Hair Love, by Matthew A. Cherry


Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice, by Donald Moses and Marianne Celano


Alma And How She Got Her Name, by Juana Martinez-Neal


On The Day You Begin, by Jacqueline Woodson

Sponsors and Partners for Literacy:

Storytime Crafts, Inc. 2019

Needham, MA 02494


"Sponsors and Partners for Literacy" is a specific term to include all organizations that support the mission of Storytime Crafts, Inc. including financial contributions, in-kind donations, and the exchange of charitable donations for sponsor and partner opportunities. 

"Sponsors and Partners for Literacy" receive recognition on Storytime Crafts website and through social media.