This is a great article by NPR about a little girl with a love for books who questions why there are not more children’s books about kids like her.

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“Marley Dias is like a lot of 11-year-olds: She loves getting lost in a book.

But the books she was reading at school were starting to get on her nerves. She enjoyed Where The Red Fern Grows and the Shiloh series, but those classics, found in so many elementary school classrooms, were all about white boys or dogs … or white boys and their dogs, Marley says.

Black girls, like Marley, were almost never the main character.”

Read the full article.

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