Marley Dias Meets Her Goal of 1,000 Black Girl Books with Help from American Reading Company
The story of 11-year-old Marley Dias and her #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign has gone viral. Supported by the GrassROOTS Community Foundation, Marley set out to collect 1000 books with Black girls as main characters and she far exceeded that goal. American Reading Company contributed to her efforts.
“When Marley’s story first broke, everyone I knew kept sending it to me saying, ‘Can’t American Reading Company help?’” recalls Gina Cline, EVP of Curriculum and Classroom Libraries. “And of course, the answer had to be YES.”
ARC’s classroom library design team got to work, connecting with Marley and her mother, evaluating which titles she’d already collected and which she’d added to her Amazon wish list, then assembling a set of new titles to contribute to the efforts. ARC’s database of books tagged by level, ethnicity and gender of main character, quality of text, age-appropriateness, and a whole host of other characteristics helped for a swift response.
“We started with ‘Let’s send Marley 100 great books.’ And then we wanted to give her every book on her wish list. And then there were too many great books... So we ended up sending her 200 unique titles.”
To learn more about Marley’s upcoming campaigns, and events visit GrassROOTS Community Foundation’s website.
Learn more about American Reading Company’s work on diverse books.
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