It’s not everyday that one of the authors we spotlight also happens to be a member of the primary audience of the books that those of us at BBS creates. But today, is that day.
The same month that she turned 13 years old, Marley Dias also became a debut author. An impressive milestone on its own, yet only the latest in the young author’s journey that started in November 2015 when she launched the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign.
Famously quoted as rebuking the amount of books out there about White boys and dogs, Marley set out to collect 1,000 books that featured African American female protagonists. The campaign drew national attention and resulted in the donation of over 9,000 books.
Marley is now walking the walk by offering her own book, Marley Dias Gets It Done, a do-it-yourself guide to assist young readers with activism and tips on how to become a life long reader.
With readers (and authors) like Marley, literature is in good hands.
The Buzz About Marley & Marley Dias Gets It Done
” It’s not hard to imagine that one day soon Marley…will be the protagonist of one of the books she fought so hard to have represented in her classroom.” — Teen Vogue
“[Marley’s] a dynamic young woman who has a dynamic idea!” — Ava DuVernay
“Talk about black girl magic in a huge, huge way! Oh Marley Dias, we wanna be just like you!” — Hello Giggles
Photo courtesy of American Libraries Magazine
Check Marley out with Patrisse Cullors at 2018 ALA Midwinter