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12-Year-old African-American activist Marley Dias lands book deal with Scholastic

Marley DiasEEW Magazine News // Books // Social Activisim

Share Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education, and media company, has acquired world rights to an activism book written by Marley Dias, the 12 year-old social activist behind #1000BlackGirlBooks.

The impressive young woman started an international movement to collect and donate children's books that feature Black girls as the lead character. 

Marley is using her voice to advocate for social justice, a commitment reflected by her ambitious life goals: she dreams of becoming an editor of her very own magazine and plans to use media to spread positive messages and to perpetuate more socially conscious pop culture.

"I am so excited to be doing this book with Scholastic," said Marley Dias, whose book will be published in Spring 2018 by Scholastic Press.

"All my friends can probably only name one publishing house and that is Scholastic; they are everywhere. Scholastic is the perfect partner for spreading my message of diversity, inclusion and social action," she added.

In her forthcoming nonfiction book for ages 10 and up, Marley shows kids how to make their own dreams come true. In this accessible "keep-it-real" guide, she tells how she's turned her passion into a literacy crusade that has captured the attention of the media, policymakers, and young people throughout the world.

Marley offers smart tips for "paying it forward" with whatever makes your heart sing, while getting support from parents, teachers, and friends to turn your dreams into reality.

"Marley's energy and passion are electric!" said Andrea Davis Pinkney, Vice President, Executive Editor, Scholastic. "Through her smarts and ingenuity, she's delivered a jolt of inspiration that's sent an unstoppable shock-wave to kids everywhere who've stood up with Marley to shout 'Yes!' to the power of positive action."

She has the full backing and support of two dyamic parents as well.

When Marley was 5 years old, her mother, Dr. Janice Johnson Dias, co-founded the GrassROOTS Community Foundation (GCF), a public health and social action organization dedicated to the support and empowerment of people who live in impoverished communities, especially women and young girls. Her father, Scott Dias, is a Real Estate Analytical Geographer. Both parents have been instrumental in developing Marley's understanding of key social justice issues and commitment to social change.

When she became frustrated by a lack of Black female role models in her school books—and her mother asked her what she was going to do about it—she knew exactly how to respond.

With the help of GrassROOTS, Marley launched the #1000BlackGirlBooks drive in November of 2015, leveraging the power of social media to reach a large audience.

Having collected over 8,000 books to-date, Marley has far exceeded #1000BlackGirlBooks' goals.

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