If children don't see their lives reflected in the books they read, how can we connect with them? How can the book transform their thinking and inspire them to go higher?
This is why books need to be inclusive. You can't become what you don't see.
Black Girl Books Matter campaign came about because of a 6 year old wondering, "Where are all the books with black girls hidden?"
This was the catalyst for the creation of the BGBM movement.
A little black girl trying to find herself in a book.
We at BGBM are on a mission to create a platform to celebrate black girls in literature.
No longer will our girls be invisible on the literary stage.
From Brooklyn to Sierre Leone, we will be the windows and mirrors for black girl stories everywhere.
BLACK GIRL BOOKS MATTER!
Children's books written by African American
In 2017 statistics from Cooperative Children's Book Center reported only 122 books out of 3700 were written by African Americans
children's books WRITTEN about african americans
Cooperative Children's Book Center reported 340 books out of 3700 featured African Americans in 2017
Children books feature white Protagonists
Research studies demonstrate overwhelming majority of children books feature white main characters. This demonstrates the lack of diversity of children literature.
YOU are more powerful than you think! YOU can be a catalyst for change by supporting one of our Black Girl Books Matter (BGBM ) initiatives today!
Make a difference and DONATE. We NEED black girl books! This is how the BGBM movement can change the narrative for black girls all around the world.
A simple book donation can change the trajectory of a black girls aspirations and inspire her to become an astronaut, doctor, lawyer, the next Serena Williams or Michelle Obama.
Book donations to the BGBM movement will go towards our initiatives:
BGBM BOOK -N-TELL PROGRAM:
Take show-n-tell to new levels! We will donate a book to a child and let theM take it to school AND READ TO THEIR CLASS.
BGBM BOOK PALS:
ode to pen pals where children 6 and up are PARTNERED anD given books they will read and share with each other virtually or in person.
BGBM POP UP SHOPS:
PARTNER WITH BGBM TO HOST A POP UP BOOK SHOP IN YOUR COMMUNITY! CREATE A POP SHOP AT A LOCAL STORE, FARMERS MARKET OR SCHOOL TO EXCHANGE OR DONATE BOOKS. BGBM WILL CONTRIBUTE BOOKS TO YOUR POP SHOP!
WE WANT TO CREATE A RESOURCE FOR BLACK GIRLS TO EASILY FIND BOOKS THAT FEATURE BLACK GIRLS AS MAIN CHARACTERS. BOOKS DONATED WILL CATALOGED AND FEATURED ON our WEBSITE.
TO SUBMIT DONATIONS TO BLACK GIRLS BOOKS MATTER:
Black Girl Books Matter
P.O. Box 86
Ballwin, MO 63022
Any questions? email us BLACKGIRLBOOKSMATTER@GMAIL.COM
BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD
Dear Black Girls,
Don't be afraid to use your voice. Your thoughts, opinions and ideas are just as important as anybody else's. When you speak, speak with boldness and purpose. Have courage, be confident and always be true to yourself! Live your life fearlessly! Your voice has GREAT power; don't be afraid to utilize it when needed. You're not an angry black woman; you're a woman who has something to say. Your voice matters and so do you. So write your story. We need your voice.
JOIN THE BGBM TEAM!
BECOME THE CHANGE THIS WORLD NEEDS! TO JOIN THE BGBM MOVEMENT EMAIL US:
THE POWER LIES WITHIN US TO CHANGE THE LIVES OF SO MANY BLACK GIRLS
DON'T SIT THERE, GET INVOLVED! Help us share black girl stories!
BECOME A SPONSOR, DONATE BOOKS, BECOME AN AMBASSADOR.
DON'T WAIT FOR CHANGE, BE THE CHANGE!
Sign Up For a Program
Interested in participating in one of our BGBM initiatives? Send us an email to see how you can get involved today!
Volunteers are the heartbeat of the BGBM movement! Become apart of the BGBM movement today!
Make a Donation
Help us grow the BGBM movement. We are accepting BOOKs and donations! All proceeds will go towards BGBM initiatives! Email us today firstname.lastname@example.org to contribute to our movement!
We greatly appreciate your support!