12-year-old Marley Dias continues to impress and make us all wish we would’ve done more with our childhood.
After demanding more diversity in school reading lists, Dias’ #1000BlackGirlBooks took off. The effort saw more than 8,000 donations and resulted in books being donated by the GrassROOTS Community Foundation to far more schools than originally anticipated.
As if that weren’t already enough to put on an amazing college application one day, Scholastic has announced that it will be publishing a book penned by Dias to teach kids and teenagers the basics of activism and using their platforms to spark change.
According to Bustle, Scholastic has said “through her smarts and ingenuity, [Dias] has 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…. We’re thrilled to welcome her to the Scholastic family.”
Dias’ book will reportedly focus on social justice, equality, social media and work as a “keep it real” guide that its designated 10+ audience will be able to use to build a foundation of activism.
Dias has also been named Editor in Residence of Elle.com and been featured in People, The Huffington Post and FOX29’s Good Day Philadelphia.