Cool Girl: Marley, 11, Wants More Black Girl Books

Marley Dias, 11, was tired of the books on her school's syllabus. "I told [my mom] I was sick of reading about white boys and dogs," Dias said (she pointed to Where the Red Fern Grows and theShiloh series). Her mom asked her what she was going to do about it.

Dias said she was going to start a book drive, "a specific book drive, where black girls are the main characters in the book and not background characters or minor characters.”

That's how #1000BlackGirlBooks began, and Dias is on a mission to collect 1,000 books with black girls at the center. She's part of the Philadelphia-founded GrassROOTS Community Foundation Super Camp for young girls, and this is her annual social action.

The sixth grader has nearly 500 books so far and hopes to reach her goal by February 1 — the books will go to a school in Jamaica near where Dias's mother grew up. Head here learn more about her efforts or contribute books or donations.