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My name is Havana and I am 7 years old.  I am raising money to buy books for other children who look like me! Reading is so important and I want to make sure everyone has the same opportunities to learn, grow, and change the world.


Scholastic did a study this year that shows black and brown children have 37 fewer books in their homes than white children. They also found that only 18% of African American 4th graders are proficient readers. I want to help change that.

My original goal was to help all 12 of my choir friends to feel confident in their reading ability and to see kids who look like them in the books they read. Every month, I am going to host a book club and read aloud a book about an amazing female black role model. Girls and boys need to see strong black females in their books. I call these women and girls “sheroes".

Thanks to all of you, I was able to give each one of my choir friends 37 books! I even partnered with our local bookstore, Mahogany Books, a Black-owned business in Southeast Washington D.C. to purchase the books. Now all of my friends also have the ability to read at home like their classmates and can learn to read and travel the world through the pages of our books!


But I don’t want to stop here. I’m teaming up with my friend Taylor Richardson, aka Astronaut StarBright, to take books all the way to Ghana this summer. With the support of Oprah, Chris Pine, GMA, and hundreds of others, Taylor has sent over 1,000 girls all over the United States to see A Wrinkle in Time. Now she wants to help me bring books to girls all over the world too!

My godmother and one of my greatest STEM role models, LaSheena Washington, volunteers at a local orphanage clinic in Accra, Ghana where there are 17 young Ghanaian girls, ages 3-17. Taylor and I are working to raise money so we can hand deliver books and DVDs of A Wrinkle in Time movie each of these beautiful girls.

These girls need books so that they can take pride in who they are and know that they are more than capable of being anything they put their minds to. We also want to show them that they too have #blackgirlmagic inside of them.


Here is where you come in! We need your help to raise enough money for us to buy books and bring them to the girls in Ghana. I think being able to give them the books in person will be really special.
We need to raise $15,000 by June 15th to pay for the books as well as flights for Taylor and I (and our Moms too), a hotel, the Visas and shots we need to travel to Ghana, and other miscellaneous travel expenses. Any extra money we raise will go towards giving books to children of needy families in the Jacksonville and Washington DC communities where we live.

Every donation makes a difference and by supporting this project, you are helping to make sure that black children have a fair chance at academic success. ALL kids should have equal opportunities in their education and by having books, you can help these children change the world, one bedtime story at a time!

Love, Havana
(And my mama and daddy who are helping me)

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If you are an author or work in a bookstore and want to donate your books instead of money, you can send the books directly to us!

Rhymers are Readers #37books
c/o Woodlawn-Faith Methodist Church
7010 Harrison Lane
Alexandria, VA 22306

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Hello friends,

Just a quick note to let you know Taylor Richardson and I are working together again for our friends in Ghana at the St. Bakhita Orphanage.

We want to make sure these 17 girls have everything they need for the second half of the school year.

“We know that if we want to live in a world that looks more like Wakanda, the first step is you invest in some women and girls."— Kalis Danai

For my 8th birthday on Jan. 5th, we want to raise $8,000. The money will go towards helping the girls with transportation (right now all 17 girls either walk miles to school or they all cram into a 7 passenger car without seat belts). We also want to help with food, electricity for their house, exam fees, toiletries, towels and socks, rain boots, and feminine hygiene products.

Taylor and I would be so grateful if you could share or donate to help us reach our goal again just like you did this past summer! We have already raised $1300 so we know we are unstoppable to reach our goal by 1/5 if we all work together.

Check out more details: www.gofundme.com/st-Bakhita-orphanage

Have a great day!
Havana (with help from my parents)
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Hello friends,
We had another wonderful book club this weekend! This month we read a very special book called Early Sunday Morning by Denene Milner and Vanessa Brantley-Newton.
It's about a girl who is a little nervous getting ready to sing a solo for the first time at her Sunday morning church service.
June is just like all of us in the choir. We all have to be brave to sing solos when it's our turn.
We only read one book this month and did some special activities.
We have so much fun reading about all of these amazing Black females in STEAM as well as politics, sports, etc.
See the pictures below of us enjoying Early Sunday Morning.
(For a printable PDF list of 37 books go to: https://www.biracialbookworms.com/changemakers/)

I am still trying to get books into the hands of more kids for the holiday season. I have partnered with the Air Force Attic at Andrews Air Force Base to donate books to military kids of enlisted Military.

I think these books will bring them joy and make them laugh as well as help them learn about brave women like Wilma Rudolph, Marian Anderson, Sojourner Truth, and more.

There are two ways you can help:

I have made an Amazon wish list where you can purchase the books and they will be shipped to me to deliver to the Air Force base:
http://a.co/3JWmq6Y

OR

You can purchase a "Readers Are Leaders" shirt, sweatshirt, or baby onsie and the proceeds will go towards buying these books. (See picture for styles.)
There are 6 different styles/over 12 colors available in my shop:
https://teespring.com/the-tiny-diplomat

Thanks in advance for all your help to keep changing the world one book at a time.

Love, Havana aka The Tiny Diplomat (with help from my parents)
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Hello friends,

I wanted to send you an update on my Rhymers Are Readers #37books project.

Thanks to all of you, my book club is enjoying 3 new books each month until I pass out all 37 books.
We have so much fun reading about all of these amazing Black females in STEAM as well as politics, sports, etc.
See the recent highlight pictures below.
(For a printable PDF list of 37 books go to: https://www.biracialbookworms.com/changemakers/)

Now, it's time to get books into the hands of more kids for the holiday season. I think a book is so much better than a toy because no one can steal your knowledge.;)

I have partnered with the Air Force Attic at Andrews AirForce Base to donate books to military kids of enlisted Military.
My dad served in the Air Force for 27.5 years and retired as a Chief Master Sergeant (E-9). I want to give back to military kids because they are just like me. These kids don't see one of their parents for months at a time, they move a lot, and some see their parents in a lot of danger.

I think these books will bring them joy and make them laugh as well as help them learn about brave women like Wilma Rudolph, Marian Anderson, Sojourner Truth, and more.

There are two ways you can help:

I have made an Amazon wish list where you can purchase the books and they will be shipped to me to deliver to the Air Force base:
http://a.co/3JWmq6Y

OR

You can purchase a "Readers Are Leaders" shirt, sweatshirt, or baby onsie and the proceeds will go towards buying these books. (See picture for styles.)
There are 6 different styles/over 12 colors available in my shop:
https://teespring.com/the-tiny-diplomat

Thanks in advance for all your help to keep changing the world one book at a time.

Love, Havana aka The Tiny Diplomat (with help from my parents)
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This video is the highlight reel from our trip to #Ghana to bring books and inspiration to the girls at the St. Bakhita orphanage and many more kids all over the country.
Special shoutouts to everyone who supported and donated towards @astronautstarbright and my campaigns for Wrinkle in Time Ghana!! We could not have had a more incredible time! I will remember it forever!

Shout out to our sponsors to send books, tote bags, coloring books, soccer supplies, backpacks, and more:
Marriott International Accra
Alex and Ani
Blended Designs
Girl Scouts
Girl Wonderful
GoFundMe
Jacksonville Armada
Scholastic
The Mars Generation
Scholastic
We Love Brown Crayons

One girl is powerful, but a movement of girls is unstoppable. Taylor and I are just getting started in our work together!!

Additionally, one of the amazing families who donated towards this trip has also generously offered to send me to Space Camp in Alabama in August.

I just need to raise the money for flights and my dad to come with me to family camp. I would really appreciate any shares or donations to get to go to NASA and see what it’s really like to be an astronaut!

Check it out here:
https://www.gofundme.com/tinydiplomatgoestospacecamp

Thank you again for all your generous donations an even more for your encouraging comments. I read every one of them.

To the stars,
Havana (with help from my parents)
Wrinkle in Time Ghana Highlight Reel
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