Remember the young lady that was frustrated with the lack of African-American female representation as main characters in books who set out on a social media campaign, #1000BlackGirlBooks, to collect a thousand books featuring black girls? Well, the young pre-teen is back in the news and this time with a book deal!

Twelve-year-old Marley Dias has signed a book deal with Scholastic publishing. Due out in the spring of 2018. Dias’ book is a “keep-it real guide” that will help kids and preteens make their dreams come true.


“I am so excited to be doing this book with Scholastic,” commented Dias in the official Scholastic press release. “All my friends can probably only name one publishing house and that is Scholastic; they are everywhere. Scholastic is the perfect partner for spreading my message of diversity, inclusion, and social action.”

In addition to giving kids and preteens advice on making their dreams come true, the book will also chronicle Dias’ journey of how she turned her passion for literacy into a crusade and captured the attention of the world. The young advocate will also offer tips on how to “pay it forward” and explore issues such as activism, social justice, volunteerism, equality and inclusion, and how to use social media for good.

“Marley’s energy and passion are electric!” states Andrea Davis Pinkney, Vice President, Executive Editor, Scholastic. “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. We’re thrilled to welcome her to the Scholastic family.”

Congratulations, Marley! We can not wait to read Dias’ book. Stay tuned…

Tiffany Silva

Tiffany Silva

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