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Black Lives Matter Book of the Week

Posted on: November 26, 2021

Molly of Denali: Party Moose

Molly of Denali

based on a television episode written by Kathy Waugh

This beginner-reader, based on the popular PBS Kids show, features an Alaskan Native kid named Molly. Molly is joined by her best friends Trini and Tooey on many adventures in beautiful Alaska. They are supported by members of the community including Molly's parents and Trini's dad (the local librarian!). One of the reasons we love this show is that informational texts and literacy are woven seamlessly into the exciting plotlines. "Molly of Denali is designed to help kids ages 4-8 develop knowledge and skills for interacting with informational texts through video content, interactive games, and real-world activities." Molly’s vlog helps her share her life in Alaska with the audience.

Another reason we love this show is that it centers the experiences of BIPOC characters (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). Molly, Tooey, and their multi-generational community are Alaskan Native. Trini and her father are Black. In our antiracist efforts to dismantle white supremacy, we have to look at this country's relationship with its Indigenous communities. Both Black and Indigenous people have suffered under white-led systems of power for centuries. Focusing on the voices and experiences of BIPOC youth and de-centering whiteness, particularly in media for children, is an important part of dismantling white supremacy. Books and DVDs featuring Molly of Denali are available to borrow from our collection.

See the Jones Library Antiracism Book List for recommended titles for all ages.

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