Dads Read at the Little Kid Block Party

Sponsored by The Friends of the Marina Library; join us as we celebrate people of color! One month isn’t enough time to explore the wide range of stories that exist but we intend to try. At the beginning of the The Friends of the Marina Library's Little Kid Block Party, a local dad from Families of Color Monterey County and Dads of Monterey County will read a few specially selected kids' books featuring protagonists of color.

Joaquín Moreno • Dads Read: LGBTQ+ Pride Month

Joaquín Moreno • Dads Read: LGBTQ+ Pride Month

Fata Avegalio • Dads Read: Womxn's History Month

Fata Avegalio • Dads Read: Womxn's History Month

When & Where?

Every second Saturday of the month from 10am to 11:30am at the Marina Library in Marina.

What Books Are Read?

Past Dads Reads have included the following: Black History Month • Womxn's History Month • National Bike Month • Jazz Appreciation Month • LGBTQ+ Pride Month • PoC Mental Health Month • National Breastfeeding, Chestfeeding, and Nursing Month • and La Historía del Día de los Muertos.

Representation in literature is essential for children of all races. For children of color, seeing themselves reflected in the books they read is crucial. When they fail to see themselves in books, they internalize the message that society devalues and erases them, and it can negatively affect their self-esteem. For white children, having books that accurately reflect the world around them helps to build empathy for people that are different from them, and helps open up discussions about race and oppression.
— The Children’s Book World Is Still Racially Biased

Who Attends?

From Santa Cruz to Soledad to Pacific Grove, families from all over attend our Dads Read. They are grandparents and caregivers; families that speak Nepali, Tagalog, Spanish, Swedish, and English; and self-identify as Filipino, FilAm, Mexican, Black, Indigenous, Xicana(o), Nepali, Indian, Latina(o), Latinx, Asian, Dominican, mixed-race, and/or white


Interested in being the featured dad at our Dads Read? Check out the Community Guidelines to get a feel for who we are and the work we do. Still interested? Contact us.