ILMK Reader Hero #4: Marley Dias
Readers make the world a better place. The I Love My Kindle blog recognizes those extraordinary few who make heroic efforts to expand their minds, their hearts, and their perspectives by engaging with the world’s culture through the experience of literature.
They are our Reader Heroes.
Marley Dias is an 11-year old who loves to read.
However, the assigned reading for school seemed to be pretty similar…as Marley put it, they were about “white boys and dogs”.
- Where the Red Fern Grows
- Old Yeller
I’ve seen Marley interviewed a couple of times, and it’s important to note that our fourth Reader Hero is not saying that those books are bad…just that its good to be able to read books with characters who are similar to you, because you can empathize more easily with them and their situations.
A hero helps other people, and what Marley did in response is what earned that title from us.
Marley started a campaign
not to grow Marley’s own library, but to donate to schools (including one in Jamaica).
Marley already had access to diverse books at home, and cites
as a favorite.
That’s right…Marley started a campaign to get other students access to more diverse books.
I congratulate Marley Dias on achieving the goal of getting 1,000 books where “black girls are the main characters” to donate.
Readers of ILMK are welcome to express their congratulations to Marley Dias and to offer support and encouragement by commenting on this post and/or clicking on the poll below.
The project’s page also says:
“To support online tag your favorite book using hashtag #blackgirlbooks.
Twitter and IG: @grassrootsfound @kindredthewife”
We hope to send Marley a Reader Hero t-shirt in recognition (as we have done in the past with a Reader Hero), if arrangements can be made. If you can help with that, comments can be made privately to this post, and any personal information will not be shared with readers. Please indicate that the comment is private.
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