I think that we can all agree that 2020 was a rough year for all of us. We lost loved ones, we lost jobs, and we lost the ability to connect with each other in a way that I hope we never take for granted ever again. I think we can all also agree that even though it is difficult, ultimately we understand the reasoning behind keeping our distance from each other. But what about children who are not quite old enough to understand yet who are old enough to feel the effects of this pandemic? It's not easy explaining to a six-year-old why they have to wear a mask, why they can't go to school, why they can't see family, or why they can't play with their friends. But parents everywhere have had to do just that.
Young kids also don't understand the other pandemic that we have been fighting long before we even heard of COVID-19 and that is racial injustice. Every day I hear of parents having to explain racism to their young black and brown kids and honestly it breaks my heart.
So, while children everywhere still have to deal with COVID-19 a little longer and kids are still watching adults fight the good fight against racism, it's equally important that our black and brown kids still feel and experience joy. As parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and teachers, it is our job to encourage that joy any chance we get. One of my favorite ways to experience joy as a young child was by reading. It was and still is a beautiful escape. Not to mention reading encourages the one thing that our black and brown children need, and that is more joy. Below are seven children's books that encourage black joy.
London, an eleven-year-old girl, attended a protest with her mom and younger sister and decided to write a book about her experience. Yes, you read that right eleven-year-old London is the author of this amazing book. In this book, London takes readers inside her first protest as she and her family march for equal rights.
This book was created by Linsey Davis so that children everywhere will know just how special they are. Stay This Way Forever is a book that inspires young children to celebrate their own special and unique qualities.
In this magical book, readers get to follow a young girl on an adventure all over the world. In The Trip of Your Dreams, a young girl dreams of the perfect trip and travels all over the world using her imagination.
In this book, Ava's Hairy Godmother takes her on a magical adventure. Together, the two explore history and Ava is taught the beauty behind her hair.
Beautiful Brown Skin Child is a book that expresses love and admiration for brown skin children. The book is filled with powerful and beautiful messages and affirmations that every black child needs to hear.
Sulwefollows the story of a young black girl who wishes that her dark skin was lighter. This story sends a message of self-love and self-acceptance.
This book is the ultimate book of black girl magic. Little Leaders is a collection of short bios of black women that have broken boundaries and accomplished the unthinkable. Young black girls that read this book will find heroes that look just like them.
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August 13 is National Prosecco Day, and if you like to break out the bubbly, now is the perfect time to do so. The holiday, which was founded by Riondo Prosecco in 2011, was created to celebrate the popular sparkling wine, and now that you know about it, you can celebrate it too. Here are a few ways to indulge in some wine time this holiday.
Order Up The Bubbly At Your Local Restaurant
Whether it’s brunch or happy hour, prosecco can elevate any occasion. One way to celebrate National Prosecco Day is by going to your local restaurant and ordering a bottle for the table. I recently visited R3 Rosendale Concepts in Atlanta for happy hour, and since my friend and I were in a fancy mood, we ordered a couple of glasses of prosecco as well as food. We enjoyed the delicious homemade chips and arugula pizza and were pleased with how attentive the staff was. If you’re in Atlanta, I would recommend this place, but if you live elsewhere, find a local spot that is also celebrating the holiday.
Find A Prosecco Recipe
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Thanks to Issa Rae, we now know about prosecco with a splash of vodka, but there are some other cool recipes to check out as well, like this one on TikTok. The “Quick and Easy” Raspberry Lemonade Champagne Spritz is a great one to try on a perfect summer Sunday.
All you need is raspberries (muddled), a shot of vodka, lemonade (Calypso lemonade is used in the TikTok), champagne or prosecco, and a few sliced lemons.
Last but not least, turn National Prosecco Day into an all-day affair. Have your friends over for games like Prosecco Pong, break out the charcuterie boards, and of course, prosecco. Or, if you want to get out of the house, consider sitting pretty by the pool or throwing a pool party. Have a picnic, cookout, or attend a paint and sip class. There are so many ways that you can celebrate the holiday, and if all goes well, why not make it an annual thing?
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