Tuesday, December 13, 2016

News U Can Use: "Tween Girl Bringing Diversity to Books!"

"Marley Dias is the 12-year-old creator of the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign. In an effort to provide more diversity in books for younger children, for almost a year Dias has been collecting books with black girls as the main character and donating them to school libraries. She recently spoke with American Librariesregarding her progress with the campaign and what she has planned next.

How many books have you collected so far?

I’ve collected 7,000 books and donated them to six different cities since November 2015.

How did you start the campaign?

In my 5th-grade class, I saw that books like Where the Red Fern Grows, the Shiloh series, and Crash all weren’t featuring black girls, and those were the books being assigned. So I told my mom, and she said, “Well, what are you going to do about it?” So that’s really how the campaign started. I wanted to collect 1,000 books where black girls are the main characters and donate them to the high school in St. Mary, Jamaica, that my mother attended, so I would be able to give back to her community...."