It’s storytime with Marley Dias, Karamo Brown, Kendrick Sampson, Lupita Nyong’o, Common, Tiffany Haddish, Jacqueline Woodson, Misty Copeland, Jill Scott, Caleb McLaughlin, Marsai Martin and Grace Byers! Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices features these stars sharing children’s books by Black authors to spark kid-friendly conversations about empathy, equality, self-love and antiracism. It is available on Netflix September 1st.
As parents, we know the power of stories. Stories shape how our children see themselves, and offer them a window into the world beyond their own. Stories show us the power our voices can have, to make a difference, and to incite change.
Many of us have turned to books to navigate hard conversations around topics like race, representation and self-love with our kids. And that was the inspiration for our new live-action preschool series, Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices, bringing children’s stories from prolific Black creators centering around themes of identity, respect, justice and action to the screen.
Premiering Sept. 1 on Netflix and on our Netflix Jr. YouTube channel, this 12 episode series features prominent Black voices – authors, athletes, actors, musicians, and comedians – reading children’s books from Black authors that highlight the Black experience. The series is hosted and executive produced by 15-year-old activist, author and founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign Marley Dias.
To bring this project to light, we are thrilled to partner with Jesse Collins Entertainment and other prolific Black creatives with a history of celebrating Black voices. This team includes showrunner, director and executive producer Fracaswell Hyman (Little Bill and The Famous Jett Jackson), executive producers Jesse Collins (Rhythm + Flow, The New Edition Story), Dionne Harmon (John Lewis: Celebrating a Hero, BET Awards), David E. Talbert and Lyn Sisson-Talbert (Jingle Jangle, Almost Christmas) as well as creative producer Kevin A. Clark, Ph.D. (Professor and Children’s Media Consultant).Netflix
“Our hope is that Bookmarks will serve as a new kind of virtual book corner where families can watch together, learn together, and talk with one another. We will launch a companion site at NetflixBookmarks.com that will have additional book recommendations, videos and resource guides to help continue these conversations off screen,” Netflix said in their statement.
To share these stories more broadly, they will also be partnering with First Book to donate and distribute copies of each of the books featured in the collection to educators serving kids in need across the country, and in select international countries.