JULY BOTM - Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You!
We’re excited to introduce our first book of the month: Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You!
This easy-to-read guide about how to make positive change was written by a powerhouse feminist and activist. What’s even more inspiring is that she’s only 13!
In 2015, 11-year-old Marley Dias realized most of her required reading for school featured white male protagonists. Instead of accepting that she wouldn’t be reading about characters who looked like her, she decided to do something about it. With the help of two friends in her sixth-grade class, she launched a book drive called #1000BlackGirlBooks.
What began as a campaign in Marley’s New Jersey community soon grew into a national movement and drew much-needed attention to the lack of diversity in kids’ literature. This spring, Marley’s own book was released, and now she’s sharing her advice for how to enact change.
Marley lets young readers know that they have the power to change the world right now, and provides practical advice about how to start. Although the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign focused on diversity in books, Marley’s scope is broad; she addresses activism, social justice, volunteerism, equity and inclusion, and the positive potential of social media.
In a world where women still have to fight to make our voices heard, we think Marley Dias is a powerful role model. Her refusal to let her gender, race, or age hold her back will motivate and strengthen readers. Marley’s sparkling personality shines through her words, her advice for instigating positive change is practical, and her young age will ensure that readers can identify with her. We think this is a great book for parents and kids to read—and be inspired by—together. Because from what we’ve seen so far, it’s clear that we can all learn something from Marley.