Alvin Irby, Founder and Chief Reading Inspirer, Barbershop Books

Alvin Irby is an award-winning educator, comedian, and entrepreneur. As Founder and Chief Reading Inspirer at Barbershop Books, winner of the National Book Foundation’s 2017 Innovations in Reading Prize, Irby has inspired a national movement to promote reading in barbershops. In 2016, he published his debut children’s book, Gross Greg, a laugh-out- loud story about a boy who eats his boogers despite the protests of everyone he encounters. Irby holds an MS in Education from Bank Street College of Education and an MPA from New York University.


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