Netflix To Air New Book-Centered Live-Action Preschool Series 'Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices'

The new series will feature Black authors, musicians, and athletes reading children's books by Black authors.

On September 1, Netflix will begin streaming a 12-episode live-action preschool series that will use books to spark difficult conversations, give power to Black voices, and spotlight Black children's authors.

Booksmarks: Celebrating Black Voices is hosted by 15-year-old Marley Dias. The teen author, activist, and founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks is also the show's executive producer. Dias is among the Black authors, athletes, actors, musicians, and comedians, who read aloud to viewers. Joining her are Common, who reads Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester; Tiffany Haddish, who reads We March by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley; and Jacqueline Woodson, who reads her book, The Day You Begin, among others.

"Many of us have turned to books to navigate hard conversations around topics like race, representation, and self-love with our kids," Heather Tilert, Netflix director of original animation, preschool, said in the series announcement. Those books and conversations were the inspiration for the series, which will bring "children’s stories from prolific Black creators centering around themes of identity, respect, justice and action to the screen," according to Tilert.

See the full Netflix press release, and list of readers and authors, below:

 

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