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Dads Read: My Santa Claus is Black!

  • Marina Library 188 Seaside Avenue Marina, CA, 93933 United States (map)
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Dads Read At The Little Kid Block Party

Sponsored by The Friends of the Marina Library. Join us as we celebrate the diversity of holidays in December, plus a visit from Black Santa! 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) a local dad from Families of Color Monterey County and Dads of Monterey County will be reading a few specially selected children's books celebrating the diversity of holidays in December featuring protagonists of color.

As a kid the image of Santa Claus as this big jolly white guy coming down the chimney didn’t fully resonate with my brother and I. For one, we didn’t have a chimney living in Florida and two, why couldn’t he look like us or my hard working parents?
— Felecia Hatcher, Founder of Black Santa App

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

Interested in being the featured dad at Dads Read? Click here for details.

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