ILMK Reader Hero #4: Marley Dias

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
  • Sounder
  • 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

1000 Black Girl Books

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

Brown Girl Dreaming (Newbery Honor Book) (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) by Jacqueline Woodson

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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*When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

3 Responses to “ILMK Reader Hero #4: Marley Dias”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    Marley! I had a chance to vote in a poll whether to send you a message of “congratulations,” “way to go,” or “thank you,” for your successful book campaign. I couldn’t decide which one to choose, so I say all three.Congratulations for surpassing your goal. Way to go for seeing a problem that needed a solution and taking action to find one. Thank you for sharing the excess with others. You are an inspiration!

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