#1000BlackGirlBooks: Suggestions for Marley Dias's Amazing Book Drive



Her school's reading syllabus wasn't big on diversity, so 11-year-old Marley Dias decided to take matters into her own hands. "I told [my mom] I was going to start a book drive, and a specific book drive," she said, "where black girls are the main characters in the book and not background characters or minor characters." Learn more about the young activist's work here: GrassROOTS Community Foundation.
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1,081 books · 336 voters · list created January 26th, 2016 by Hayley (votes) .
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Hayley 323 books
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Emily 1488 books
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Wiebke 87 books
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Dan 1632 books
387 friends
Iben 2021 books
127 friends
Alia 544 books
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Gail 98 books
54 friends
Kelly 1427 books
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message 1: by Alia (new)

Alia Excellent resource. Glad to add to this list!


message 2: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart While they are wonderful books in their own right, I'm removing all the titles with male protagonists, as the list creator specifies that it is only for female MCs.


message 3: by PigeonSquid (new)

PigeonSquid Saga is a great series but isn't this book drive for children? It's pretty sexual/violent.


message 4: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart It does specify black girls, not black women. I was assuming middle grade. Does the list creator or anyone else have opinions on adult books being added? There are several on here that I would not be comfortable giving to an 11 year old.


message 5: by Dustin (new)

Dustin Great point. I'm pretty sure that The Color Purple isn't suitable for children, either. I can't say for sure though, as I haven't read it yet.


message 6: by Westcoast_girl (new)

Westcoast_girl Thank you Marley, for drawing attention to the lack of black girl protagonists in books! I didn't realize how right you were until I started looking through my "read" shelf for books to add to the list!

Side note: I'm hoping that as more people see this list, we start to see a greater diversity in subject matter. While it's great to see so many books drawing attention to slavery and bullying, those aren't the only experiences of black people and I hope white allies like myself will be able to read about black protagonists in a huge array of books from many genres with many subjects!


message 7: by Dustin (new)

Dustin Westcoast_girl wrote: "Thank you Marley, for drawing attention to the lack of black girl protagonists in books! I didn't realize how right you were until I started looking through my "read" shelf for books to add to the ..."

Yes, I couldn't agree more. Yay for more diversity!:)


message 8: by Alia (new)

Alia Pigeonsquid wrote: "Saga is a great series but isn't this book drive for children? It's pretty sexual/violent."

I believe she is also collecting Young Adult titles and some older teens are mature enough for Saga.


message 9: by Andréa (new)

Andréa I hit my 100-book limit, but here are some good resources for finding more books that could apply:
http://www.librarything.com/catalog/s...
http://www.amazon.com/Books-By-Brown-...


Lyd's Archive (7/'15 to 6/'18) I kind of feel that in YA there's a void of POC main characters way more so than Childrens' or adult fiction and we should have an entire new list for just YA


message 11: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Vitale How can I weed through these books by grade level? I'd like to find out which books with black child characters are both age-appropriate and on grade-level (challenging, but not too difficult)... I'm looking for 2nd or 3rd grade reading level that will appease to both boys and girls.


message 12: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart There's no way to sort through listopia lists, but try Ann Cameron (her Julian and Gloria books) for second and third grade reading level. :)


message 13: by Booklovinglady (last edited Jun 12, 2016 06:24AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Rainbowheart wrote: "It does specify black girls, not black women. I was assuming middle grade. Does the list creator or anyone else have opinions on adult books being added? There are several on here that I would not be comfortable giving to an 11 year old. ..."

i wouldn't let an 11 year old read the titles I voted for either.... All my votes are for adult novels, none of them are for children/YA.


message 14: by Roseane Correa (new)

Roseane Correa Thank you a lot for this list. Great job!


message 15: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Looks like this list has hit Marley's goal of 1000 books!


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