This piece originally ran in March 2018.
Our series Take A Number is exploring problems around the world — and the people who are trying to solve them — through the lens of a single number.
The solution first: 15. More precisely, 15 books.
That's Alvin Irby's answer to a problem he knows all too well as a former kindergarten teacher: How to get children of color excited about reading if they don't have much experience with books or reading outside of school, and the books they see inside of school don't speak to them.