My kid has totally got my number. He called to me excitedly from the living room as I was making breakfast, "Mom! Look. There's a show with books about Black people." Now he's pointing me to resources that highlight Black voices and characters? Way to do my job for me, kid.
He was right though. Bookmarks on Netflix is pretty cool. Each 7-10 minute episode is introduced (and executive produced) by 15-year-old Marley Dias, who at 13 launched a campaign and bookdrive #1000BlackGirlBooks after complaining to her mother that all books "are about white boys and dogs." Each book is read by its authors or a celebrity you might recognize.
Orie was also delighted to discover that some of the books on the show are also on our shelves, like Sulwe, written and read by Lupita Nyong'o (pictured above) which he paged along to as she read.
I've often heard that kids need mirrors, windows and doors in their books. My white kid with a dog has plenty of mirrors. I'm grateful that he's eager to look through windows and step through the doors into the worlds that books like Sulwe and Crown: Ode to a Fresh Cut offer him.
So Bookmarks a recommendation from me and a five-year-old. The links below are a few more things to bookmark as you head into the school year.
Screenagers, the book - Delaney Rustin, the director of the Screenagers, has a new book which I will surely be ordering called Parenting in the Screen Age which is intended to empower parents to have fruitful conversations with their children and teens about screen use. This seems especially important with all schooling moving to screens this fall.
Blessing for school spaces - speaking of schools and screens, I found this Blessing for School at Home by pastoral colleague, Sara Wolbrecht, for our kids' school-at-home spaces. May our learning spaces be sacred and may the Spirit inhabit the spaces between us.