Tired of reading children’s books about “dogs and white boys,” 11-year-old Marley Dias of New Jersey decided to start a project called #1000BlackGirlBooks to collect books featuring women of color. Her movement has gone viral, with people around the world collecting books to help Dias donate to kids in her mom’s hometown of Jamaica.
Her project has also got a lot of folks talking about the very real need for more diversity in children’s books. Taking a cue from Dias, we put together a list of our own books for kids with powerful girls with diverse backgrounds. Take a look, then hit the library!