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Our Background

Welcome to Free as a Bird Books! I’m Jeanell, founder and owner, and I’m so happy that you’re here. As a mom of four, educator, and avid reader, I wholeheartedly believe that books can change the world. Ever since I was a young girl, I’ve always found the library to be a safe haven and books to be the best of friends. We read to learn, we read to feel, to escape, to become- books are magical. 

Frederick Douglass once said, “Once you learn to read, you will forever be free.” There’s freedom in children of color seeing themselves in books. There’s freedom in reading beyond the walls of privilege to learn of world’s outside of our own. I’m so excited to see this little dream of mine come true and I know that I won’t be able to do it alone. Let’s diversify the shelves of Charleston (and beyond) one book at a time.