A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! is a collection of advice for big kids and tweens who see something they want to change in their lives, communities, or the world. She's the force and vision behind the viral #1000blackgirlbooks movement because she wants to see more people like her represented in school reading lists. She and her parents are terrific role models for creating positive change, taking action, academic achievement, love of reading, self confidence, and healthy self-esteem. Positive messages will make kids feel like they matter, and that they're capable of doing great things. There's brief mention of how Marley dealt with online trolls, and what to do if you see someone being bullied. She makes a case for being allowed access to stronger content, especially when it comes to language, and using chances as they come up to talk about them.
What's the story?
In MARLEY DIAS GETS IT DONE: AND SO CAN YOU! we get lots of tips and advice from the now-teen girl behind the viral #1000blackgirlbooks movement. Marley talks about how the idea came to her, and encourages kids to find something they're passionate about, or something they'd like to change, and take action to make positive changes happen. She talks about how her parents help her, and even offers advice to parents and educators about how to foster a love of reading in their kids and students. A huge reader herself, Marley also explains the value of reading, why she loves it so much, and provides lots of resources and suggestions for finding great books and how kids can learn more about problems they'd like to solve.
Is it any good?
This upbeat, encouraging, and inspirational advice book will get big kids and tweens thinking about how their voices matter and how they can bring about positive changes they're passionate about. Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! is lively, engaging, and chock full of good information, advice, and tips that'll make kids feel powerful and confident in themselves. She's easy to relate to because she's down-to-earth, and her enthusiasm is very infectious.
Some of the layouts may confuse or distract younger readers when they have to flip through two or three page turns to continue a sentence past an extended sidebar; some of the background and text color combinations make it a little tough to make out the words. But the bright, colorful pages and many pictures of Marley, her life, and her outfits will keep readers engaged, as will Marley's positive, relatable voice.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Marley Dias Get It Done: And So Can You! inspires kids. What advice that Marley gives inspires you, or makes you feel like you could help make the world better? How is she a good role model?
Do you love to read like Marley does? What are your favorite books? If you're not a big reader, do you think you'll try some of her tips to become one?
What do you think are Marley's strongest messages? What's your takeaway after reading the book?
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