The Free Girl Initiative Book Drive

May 01, 2013

By Katrice 

Next month MVL friend and fellow black girl activist Ebony Janice Moore, founder of The Free Girl Initiative, will make her first junket to Africa on an outreach trip dedicated to empowering black girls in Kenya to shape their own communities. Brilliant work. 

The Free Girl Initiative, a non-profit organization with a mission to utilize artistic and mentoring programs throughout Africa, will launch this summer with tutoring, and the teaching of yoga and entrepreneurial skills, while implementing an arts and mentoring program to high school aged girls in Nyahururu, Kenya. 

One of the aspects of her project to shape future leaders and world changers will be gifting books to the young women for them to share. I'll be heading on over to Amazon and to purchase a few of the books they've chosen, and I hope you'll join me in sending one before June 1st, as well. Some titles are less and $1. You can also purchase from your favorite book store or online book seller, or even donate a book you have if you see the title listed below. Every bit will help.

The Bride Price by Buchi Emecheta

Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala

Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Why the Caged bird Sings by Maya Angelou

A tree grows in brooklyn by Betty Smith

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kid

Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

A Midnights Dream by William Shakespeare

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafar

Becoming Billie Holiday by Carole Boston Weatherford

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography by Andrew Helfer

Touching Snow by M. Sindy Felin

What They Found: Love on 145th by Walter Dean Myers

The Riddles of Epsilon by Christine Morton-Shaw

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

13 Little Blue Envelopes and Girl At Sea by Maureen Johnson

The Maximum Ride series (The Angel Experiment, Schools Out Forever, Saving the
World and Other Extreme Sports, The Final Warning) by James Patterson

A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels and The Far Sweet Thing by Libba Bray

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

A Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

All-American Girl by Meg Cabot

Uglies series by Scott Westernfeld

Define “Normal” by Julie Ann Peters

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Bad Boy by Dream Jordan

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch

Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones

Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel

Kick by Walter Dean Myers

Resistance 1 by Carla Jablonski

Rotters by Daniel Kraus

You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin

Mail book donations to:
The Free Girl Initiative
C/o Alysa Campbell
2263 Silver Maple Circle
Ellenwood, GA 30294
Books can also be sent after June 1st for this ongoing initiative.

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  1. What a wonderful initiative and glad that I am able to send a gift. I'm all about supporting anything that supports our young women!

    1. Thank you, Bessie! Me too. I thought, this is a wonderful work.

  2. I'm loving this initiative and this list! I already see some of my favorite books on the list. Will make a note to purchase one and mail to the Free Girl Initiative!

    1. Great!! Thank you so much, Busola. The thought of gifting books just makes me smile.

  3. This is a great initiative. Please post a couple of reminders prior to June 1.

  4. I have a few of these, will be sending! Thanks for posting! :-)

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  6. Thanks for getting the word out Katrice! --Alysa

  7. I have a few books on this list so I'll definitely be sending them in. Sorry they'll be after June 1st as I'm just getting around to this post.

  8. This is a great initiative. Glad to see Bad Boy made the list! I will be sending a copy asap.


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