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Rhymers are Readers #37books

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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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An amazing book club this month!!
A special thank you to Queen Vanessa Brantley-Newton (my favorite illustrator) who signed all of my copies of One Love!!
Enjoy the highlight reel in the link below! ✊

Love, Havana
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Hello friends and fellow warriors!

A quick update to show you pictures of the beautiful girls in Ghana. These 17 girls are who we are raising money in order to go and deliver books to them in person at the St. Bakhita orphanage in Accra, Ghana with my (Havana's) godmother, LaSheena Washington.

We hope to purchase our plane tickets before May 15th before the prices go up, so if you can help us by sharing, retweeting, etc, we know we can meet our goal of just over $1000 in the next week!!

Thank you once more for all your generous donations as well as shares on social media!!!

We are all in this together to change the world one bedtime story at a time!

This month's book club is on Saturday, so be on the look out for the highlight reel coming next week!

Love, Havana and Taylor
Girls at St. Bakhita Orphanage
Havana and LaSheena (right)
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We did it! We not only met, but we doubled our goal for the book club!!

And we are no where close to stopping... We want to take our book club GLOBAL.

My friend, Taylor Richardson aka Astronaut StarBright, sponsored my book club in April for my friends. In July, we want to partner together to take books all the way to Africa 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.

A Wrinkle in Time is directed by Ava DuVernay and features Storm Reid; a biracial girl who is encouraging girls to be warriors and believe in themselves.
She has donated the A Wrinkle in Time books as well. ( https://www.gofundme.com/astronaut-starbright-fund)

However, girls all over the world need to have access to books like A Wrinkle In Time as well.

My godmother, LaSheena Washington, runs the Health Unit at the US Embassy in Accra.

Our family served with LaSheena at one of our previous posts in Africa and she is also one of my greatest STEM role models.

You can read more about LaSheena here: https://www.biracialbookworms.com/raising-global-citizens-shero-series-healthcare/

LaSheena also volunteers at the local orphanage clinic where there are 17 young Ghanaian girls, ages 3-17. Taylor and Havana are working to raise funds to deliver the books and DVDs of the movie in person to each of these beautiful girls at the St. Bakhita Foundation in Accra, Ghana.

These young girls in Ghana need these 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 they too have #blackgirlmagic inside of them.

Here is where you come in:

To cover travel expenses for us/our parents to deliver these books and visit with these amazing young girls, we need your help again. We will need to raise $15,000 by June 15th.

Supporting this project means you support not only diversity but gender equality in STEM and our films.

Help us be warriors we know we can be!

Your donations will change the world one bedtime story at a time.

“One girl is powerful. A movement of girls is unstoppable.” - One Girl

Love, Havana and Taylor Richardson
Taylor and Ava DuVernay
Havana celebrating at an African Sabar
Girls from St. Bakhita Orphanage
Girls from St. Bakhita Orphanage, Ghana
Taylor, Oprah Winfrey, and Robin Roberts
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Our inaugural book club was AMAZING!! Thank you for all your donations!! Enjoy our highlight reel!
March Book: Happy by Pharell Williams
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