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Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices

By Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Virtual book club for preschoolers spotlights Black authors.

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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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