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Dads Read At The Little Kid Block Party: Día de los Muertos

  • Marina Library 188 Seaside Avenue Marina, CA, 93933 United States (map)

Dads Read At The Little Kid Block Party

Sponsored by The Friends of the Marina Library. Join us as we celebrate Día de los Muertos! 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 Kids Block Party (starts at 10am and ends at 11:30am) local dad, Joe Macias from Families of Color Monterey County and Dads of Monterey County will be reading a few specially selected children's books celebrating Día de los Muertos featuring protagonists of color.

Joseph Macias was born and raised in Monterey County. He currently lives in Salinas with his wife, Shardonnay and their two young children, Nora Jo (almost 3) and Micah Joseph (9-months-old). Joseph is a Licensing Program Analyst for California Department Social Services. He enjoys traveling with his family and most genres of music. Día de los Muertos is a way he stays connected to the cultura and folklore! Autumn is his favorite time of year -- enjoying family and festivities.

Certain announcements of some of this year’s celebrations conjured visions of hipsters drinking special holiday microbrews and listening to live music by white bands and eating white food in calavera facepaint and broken trails of marigolds. Don’t bother to build an altar because your celebration is an altar of death, a ceremony of killing culture by appropriation. Do you really not know how to sit at the table? To say thank you? To be a gracious guest?
— Dear White People/Queridos Gringos: You Want Our Culture But You Don’t Want Us – Stop Colonizing The Day Of The Dead

Representation in Literature

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

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