A good barber and a better listener!

Nowadays many kids are afraid to read out loud and a barber in Chicago has decided to do something about it. Courtney Holmes has two children and every night he reads them a book before going to bed. He knows that many children in the country don’t get the same encouragement and for this reason he has found a great way to turn back-to-school haircuts into an educational experience.


“Come to the salon and read to me,” he promised the little ones, “and the cut is free.” To shine a spotlight on literacy, Holmes is trading a haircut in his chair to boys and girls who are willing to read aloud to him while he shapes and trims. Some parents don’t realize that literacy is important and they don’t read with their children at home. With these free haircuts, Holmes has the chance to say ‘Hey, you need to pick up a book and read it and we can help you if you need it.’

Holmes says it brings him joy to listen to children and offer them  help with tough words. He also likes to question them to make sure they understand what they are reading.

There’s a lot going on in the world. But it only takes one person to make a small change for the better.


  • Encouragement (n)- the act of making something more appealing or more likely to happen
  • Aloud- out loud
  • Shapes(v)- to give definite form to
  • Trims (v)- to cut down; reduce
  • Tough (adj): difficult
  • There’s a lot going on (expression): A lot of things are happening

Do you think this is a good way to give children an opportunity to practise their reading?

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