By Nicole Jeffries
You know you have made it when you are on The Ellen Show.
Ellen tends to only feature the coolest, most inspiring people and 12-year-old Marley Dias certainly is one cool kid. Marley Dias kickstarted a global literacy movement and has just announced that she has secured her very own book deal.
Dias, who lives in New Jersey, founded #1000BlackGirlBooks last year in an effort to collect 1,000 books where black girls are the main character.
She has now collected up to 8,000 books to date and will be adding her own non ction to the pile, with Scholastic snapping up the rights
Dias has said in a statement that she is “so excited” to be writing her book, and hopes to spread a “message of diversity, inclusion and social action”. Her book, which will be aimed at children aged 10 and above, will have a theme of activism.
However, Dias hasn’t only just collected some 8,000 books. She has volunteered at a Ghanaian orphanage in her spare time and donated the books she has collected to the children there. She has also made waves with her book project by gaining support from literary giants Barnes & Noble and receiving book donations from authors including Jacqueline Woodson and Rita Williams-Garcia. She was also honoured at Variety’s Power of Women event for the project.
Dias also spoke at the White House’s first United State of Women Conference last June, where she shared the stage with Michelle Obama and Oprah.