It looks like Scholastic is taking a page from its own book. Days after announcing a new study citing the need for more diverse stories, the children’s publisher has acquired global rights to an activism book penned by 12-year-old Marley Dias, who is the force behind #1000BlackGirlBooks.
Dias started the #1000BlackGirlBooks movement to find, collect and donate children’s books that feature black girls as lead characters. She then continued to use her voice to support more socially conscious pop culture representations and pursue her goal of becoming an editor of her own magazine.
Aimed at tweens, Dias’ non-fiction book will teach kids how to make their own dreams come true through a guide she has created. Scholastic Press will publish the title next spring.
The Scholastic report released yesterday shows that parents, especially African-American ones, want more inclusive stories. The study also pointed to an inequity in how many books are in US homes, with African-American families having a below-average library of 91 titles (compared to 104).