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New Site Supports Black Authors and Donates Books to Black Children. Run, Buy Sumthin’!

When you buy a book, one is donated to a child in need. What can be better than that? 

North Paran’s Buy One, Give One Program Gives Needed Books To Children In Our Communities

By Monique Johnson

NorthParan.com is adding a philanthropic touch to the business of selling black books. For every book purchased on the site, North Paran will donate a book to a child in need. The site’s slogan is Buy One, Give One.

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: 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.

When a book is purchased on the site, a number gets added to the donation tally, which we will publish at the end of each month in our blog and newsletter. At the end of every month, the North Paran staff checks the donation tally to see how many books will be donated for that month. The staff then selects appropriate organizations or communities of children to receive a delivery of new books that have been chosen by the North Paran staff. Once received, the donation is confirmed by a letter or statement from the communities or organizations that have received the books.

Neil Nelson, the site’s co-founder, is driven by the memories of his childhood in Jamaica, when his family only had five books in the house that he and his sister had to share. But Neil read those five books over and over, until he had all the words memorized. Now he wants to change this bleak picture for as many children as he can. After starting a vastly successful celebrity news and video site that reached nearly 30 million unique visitors last year, Neil partnered with husband-and-wife authors Nick Chiles and Denene Millner to create NorthParan.com, a cutting-edge site that will publicize black books and nourish black children. Chiles and Millner have written or co-written 19 books between them—Millner is the co-author with Steve Harvey of the #1 New York Times bestseller “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man,” which was the top-selling nonfiction book in the country in 2009, and the sequel “Straight Talk, No Chaser,” which has already reached #1 on the New York Times list. Chiles co-authored with gospel legend Kirk Franklin “The Blueprint,” which also was a New York Times bestseller last year. Millner and Chiles are both also award-winning journalists and the parents of three children of their own.

By spreading the word and making all your book purchases at NorthParan.com, you can help get a book in the hands of every child in our community.  If, for every book we bought in 2009, a free book was given to a child in our community, we could give 4 free books to every Black child under age 10 in America.

Buy One, Give One.

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