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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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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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Good Morning Everyone!
Attached you will find a list of my #37books for my book club. You can also find the printable pdf in the article here: https://www.biracialbookworms.com/changemakers/

If you are interested in starting your own Rhymers are Readers #37books book club, reply and we can work together with the help of my parents.

Let's change the world together one bedtime story at a time.

Love, Havana
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A quick note to share some great news.

The Marriott Hotel in Accra is sponsoring us to stay at their hotel during our trip... that means more books are going to be placed into the hands of kids who need them most!!!!

We leave in just over two weeks so please continue to share this project with your friends.
Xoxo,
Havana (with help from my parents)
Our list of amazing sponsors so far!!
Kid size Malaria pills!
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Happy Summer!
Below is the highlight reel from my latest book club!

This month, Mr. Nathaniel Charny from New York donated books by Author/Illustrator wife and husband team James Ransome and Lesa Cline-Ransome.
Author Sherrill Cannon also donated 13 titles to our book club.
Links:
Books by James Ransome:
https://amzn.to/2Mu29BJ

Books by Lesa Cline-Ransome: https://amzn.to/2MpC0DM

Books by Sherrill Cannon:
https://amzn.to/2MrU2p9

Exciting news!!
Next month, I am going to take A Wrinkle In Time books and a bunch of other school supplies to Accra, Ghana with Taylor Richardson (Astronaut StarBright).

We still have a few weeks to raise the rest of the funds for hotels and food, so if you can, please share the link: www.gofundme.com/rhymersarereaders
with all your friends and family to help us reach our goal by July 1st.

Lastly, starting in 2 weeks, I will be hosting a story hour each Saturday at Mahogany Books in Washington, DC so be sure to look out for pictures on Twitter and Instagram all summer!

Thank you again for all of your help to change the world one bedtime story at a time!!

Love,
Havana (with the help of my parents)
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