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11-Year-Old Frustrated with Lack of Black Females in Books Starts #1000BlackGirlBooks

Marley Dias is 11 years old. She loves to read. And she is tired of reading books that she doesn’t connect with.

“In my 5th grade glass, we were only reading about white boys and their dogs,” she told anchors Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley on Good Day Philadelphia. “And I understood why my teacher wanted us to read those books, because those were the books he could connect with, but I didn’t necessarily connect with them myself, so I was really frustrated…I wanted to start a book drive for books that are more connected for me, and my race.”

And thus, #1000BlackGirlBooks was born—a project started by Marley and her friends Briana and Amina to collect 1,000 books with black female protagonists by February 1st. Those books will then be donated to Retreat Primary and Junior School and Library in the parish of St. Mary, Jamaica, where Marley’s mother (who is also the President of GrassROOTS) grew up.

So naturally, we want to help.

Marley Dias

Photo from @inhershoesblog

Since Marley is so fond of our book One Love, it’s a no-brainer. Other books we’re donating include Upside Down in the Middle of NowhereJosephine, The Big Wish, The Quickest Kid in ClarksvilleBintou’s BraidsI Can Do It Tooand You Can Do It Too.


If you want to help, the project is currently taking both cash and book donations. Books and donations can be sent to the following address by February 1st:

GrassROOTS Community Foundation
59 Main Street, Suite 323, West Orange, NJ 07052


Marley, you rule. We cannot wait to see what you do next.

Featured Image via Fox 29

Jenna Homen

Content and Community Manager at Chronicle Books. When she's logged off, she can be found painting, cooking, camping, or petting her dog Harley. You can follow her on Twitter at @jn_na.
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