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Black Child Authors Doing Facebook Live Readings For Quarantine

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There’s something magical about listening to a book reading, for a child. Public libraries can no longer host book readings but three Black child authors are stepping up to give the nation’s children what they sorely need: a warm, comforting adventure, read from a good book. Jiyah, Jace and Merl Fennell are 16, 12 and 11, respectively. Already published authors, the three are taking turns on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights at 8:30 eastern, doing live readings on Facebook. You’ll definitely want to make sure you and your kids are tuned in, just click here.

On Tuesday nights Jiyah reads from her book, “Journey Through Atlanta,” in which she takes kids on a journey through Atlanta, appreciating the city’s culture and landmarks. Jiyah also shares from her other published work, “Princess Jiyah’s Face Painting Fairytale,” in which she shares guidance with other middle schoolers on how to navigate that tough chapter of life, something face painting helped her to do. Jiyah’s live readings are not only giving kids an outlet but also, inspiring them to pursue their passions, as well.

On Wednesdays, Jace reads from his books: one is about his travels to Cuba and the other, his trip to Hawaii. Like Jiaya’s Atlanta journey, both of Jace’s books are a part of the Fennell Adventure books series, where readers can choose their own Fennell journey. On Wednesday nights, children can expect to take a journey through two exotic islands, experiencing all of their mystery, uniqueness and charm: all of it from a very Black perspective. On Thursdays Merl reads from his two books, which chronicle his adventures to Texas and New Orleans, respectively, experiencing the cuisine, music and magic of both places.

In this moment of history, it’s important that children take every possible opportunity to learn. Listening to stories is a great way to not only provide entertainment during this quarantine but also, expand learning opportunities. These young authors are offering a unique opportunity to families, allowing Black children to see the world through the lenses of kids who look like them. Remember to join in on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursday evenings by clicking here. In addition, parents interested in how they can raise young entrepreneurs can listen to Jiyah, Jace and Merl’s mom each Monday read from her book on how to raise happy and successful entrepreneurial kids.

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D'Juan Hopewell
D'Juan Hopewell
I care about Black Power. Period. Currently working on creating jobs and funding new startups on the South Side of Chicago and writing here and there at HopewellThought.com. Follow me @HopewellThought.
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