A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The books read in the series teach messages of racial equality and anti-racism. They also teach social-emotional skills like self-love and how to treat other people fairly.
Positive Role Models
Fantastic representation of Black role models in the series. The host is a 15-year-old Black teen girl, book readers are Black authors and actors, and illustrations in the books feature Black characters. Characters in the stories showcase the diversity of Black experiences.
Violence & Scariness
Varies from episode to episode, but some books depict racism against Black people. Examples of meanness, and characters who dislike each other. But interactions are age-appropriate, and narratives emphasize why those characters are wrong.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices spotlights prominent Black authors. In each episode, a Black celebrity reads a picture book written by a Black author. The selected books have great, age-appropriate messages around self-acceptance, anti-racism, and treating people fairly. Some episodes feature books that depict racism against Black people. Within the books, there are sometimes examples of meanness and characters who dislike one another, but interactions are age-appropriate, and the stories emphasize why they're wrong.
Is It Any Good?
This show is a solid choice for preschool-age kids, but children of all ages will likely enjoy hearing these terrific hand-selected stories. The featured books in Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices are entertaining stories that all have a positive message for young children. Several of the books are great affirmations for Black kids, talking about how they are perfect just the way they are. Other books show Black characters overcoming prejudice or bias, or teach kids how they can be anti-racist. This fantastic series has a lot to offer both Black and non-Black kids alike. It also can be a great jumping-off point for parents to talk about race with their kids, and Netflix's companion website has more resources for parents.
The celebrity readers do a great job of reading the stories in an entertaining way, and they interject to ask questions to their virtual audience. The illustrations of the books are shown as the readers go through the stories, which make this virtual storytime feel just like the real thing. It has a Reading Rainbow-esque vibe, with the cherry on top being that each book has a great message for young kids.
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