Books for Summer Reading

marley dias suggestions


1. “Another Brooklyn” by Jacqueline Woodson

I know this is considered an adult book, but I read it this summer and I think everyone should read it. This story is one of my favorites. It is about a set of girls from Brooklyn and their friendship and how they deal with love and loss.

2. “One Crazy Summer” by Rita Williams-Garcia

I love this book because it shows us a different part of black-girl sisterhood and the joy that we can experience together. The story also talks about the Black Panther Party and includes an untold part of the Civil Rights Movement.

3. “I am Judging You” by Luvvie Ajayi

This book makes you think and laugh. Luvvie is so funny and when you read her book, which is really a set of essays, you can hear her voice in your head. I think this is a must read for anyone who wants to challenge themselves to be critical and also learn how to be expressive in their thoughts and ideas.

4. “Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson

This book has had the biggest impact on my life. It was my first Jacqueline Woodson book. It is a book written in verse and it shares the story of a young girl and the challenges she faces growing up in the racially segregated south. The title, the cover and the story are all inspirational.

5. “Aya: Life in Yop City” by Marguerite Abouet

This story is a graphic novel about a really smart girl from the Ivory Coast. It is a coming of age story, and like a lot of the books I like, Aya-the main character, is trying to figure things out. The story is a little bit mature but I liked how Aya came out of her shell.

6. “Please, Baby, Please” by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee

This was one of my first black girl books. I love how happy the little girl is. It’s really a great book for showing black girl- and black boy joy.

Left: Having far surpassed her original goal of 1,000 books, Dias now hopes to collect and distribute 1 million black girl books across the globe to libraries, schools and community organizations. Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage.

Marley Dias teenage activists author #1000BlackGirlBooks author Black Girls Rock Girl Power Teenager

Marley Dias teenage activists author #1000BlackGirlBooks author Black Girls Rock Girl Power Teenager