It’s that wonderful time of the year where bells are ringing, people are singing, and good ole’ Saint Nick is preparing his way to come to town… in proper COVID fashion, of course. To spread the holiday cheer in the different circumstances, we’re living in; Hey Carter Books hosts their first virtual story-time with Cocoa Santa! That’s right, children of all ages, particularly children of color, get a chance to spend quality time with the famous holiday hero whose skin is a reflection of theirs.
Hey Carter! Books is a black-owned publishing company founded in 2016. The company’s mission is to” provide a representation of black and brown boys in books for children.” Hey Carter! Books focus on building confidence and developing a sense of identity. The author of Hey Carter! Books was motivated to pen her books after her son’s birth. Carter and disappointedly discovering the lack of books with characters of color for children of color.
In a recent press release, author Thomisha Booker stated, “Christmas is a holiday where Black children and families are often missing from the narrative. Entire storylines are created around this one day, but somehow we are always left out. I see myself as a curator for magical worlds where Black children are represented. This year Hey Carter! Books is bringing the magic of Christmas to homes with our Virtual Story-time…”
Virtual story-times begin this Sunday, November 29th, at 7:30 AM (PST), 9:30 AM (CST), 10:30 AM (EST), and continue every Sunday leading up to Christmas. Cocoa Santa will read stories from the Hey Carter! Books collection while enjoying a fun-filled holiday sing-a-long. Not only this, every participant will receive a special holiday gift from Cocoa Santa that includes a Hey Carter! Books coloring book and a multicultural crayons pack.
Tickets for story-time with Cocoa Santa can be purchased at https://bit.ly/cocoasantastorytime. For more information about Hey Carter! Books and Virtual Story-time with Cocoa Santa,
There’s nothing more important than giving your kids gifts and experiences that reveal positive images of people who look like them. This event is just what we need to transition to the Christmas holiday season. Many of us grew up believing in Santa, but rarely did we see one whose skin was the same hue as our own, so that this story-time will be a special event for many reasons. Specific story-time dates and times are as follows:
- November 29th at 7:30 AM (PST) , 9:30 AM (CST), 10:30 AM (EST)
- December 6th at 7:30 AM (PST) , 9:30 AM (CST), 10:30 AM (EST)
- December 13th at 7:30 AM (PST) , 9:30 AM (CST), 10:30 AM (EST)
- December 20th at 7:30 AM (PST) , 9:30 AM (CST), 10:30 AM (EST)
Whether you’re raising your kids to believe in Santa or not, or if you believed in his existence once upon a time, register for one of the available story-times to support this companies mission and create a memory that’ll last a lifetime for your children and for you too.
Liz Lampkin is a Lifestyle, Love, and Relationships writer. Follow her on social media @Liz_Lampkin