Best-Selling Black Girl? Marley Dias Lands Book Deal
You may remember 12-year-old Marley Dias for #1000BlackGirlBooks, a successful social media campaign she started to collect 1000 books that feature black girls as the central characters. After reaching her goal and paying it forward by donating the titles she collected to her school and to a school in her mother’s hometown of St. Mary Jamaica, Dias is now setting her literary goals a little higher.
According to Mic, this past Thursday, Scholastic announced that pre-teen had signed a deal with the publisher for a book due in Spring 2018. The press release reveals the book is a “keep-it-real guide” to helping kids and preteens make their dreams come true.
Scholastic’s vice president and executive editor Andrea Pinkney spoke on the project in a statement:
“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.”
“In this book, Marley will share her dynamic wisdom with readers everywhere.”
Dias spoke about the importance of representation at the United State of Women summit in Washington, D.C., in June:
“I think it’s important to have someone who looks like you because when you have someone you share a very common trait with, such as race and gender in this case, you would see all these things that they’re learning and then you take that back with you to improve your lifestyle.”
In her quest to build her very own black girl library, it appears Dias’ name will be featured on a Barnes and Noble shelf near you her soon enough. We can’t wait to see this girl conquer the literary world.