Parents often use books as a way to introduce and spark conversations around important topics, concepts or themes with their kids. Using books in this way is particularly important now, as the country grapples with so many social justice issues. That’s why Netflix says it has created a new live-action show, Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices, featuring Black celebrities reading children’s books written by Black authors that highlight the Black experience.
The 12-episode series is geared toward preschool-age kids and will feature Black authors, athletes, actors, musicians and comedians reading children’s books that centre on themes of identity, respect, justice and action. Tiffany Haddish, Lupita Nyong’o, Marsai Martin, Common and Karamo Brown are among the readers involved.
Books featured include:
- I Love My Hair (written by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley; illustrated by E.B. Lewis)
- I Am Enough (written by Grace Byers; illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo)
- Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (written by Derrick Barnes; illustrated by Gordon C. James)
- Sulwe (written by Lupita Nyong’o; illustrated by Vashti Harrison)
- ABC’s For Girls Like Me (written by Melanie Goolsby; illustrated by Princess Kay)
- I Am Perfectly Designed (written by Karamo Brown; illustrated by Anoosha Syed)
- Let’s Talk About Race (written by Julius Lester; illustrated by Karen Barbour)
- Anti-Racist Baby (written by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi; illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky)
- We March (written by Shane W. Evans; illustrated by Shane W. Evans)