Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic (Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls #4)

by Lilly Workneh (Author)

The latest installment in the New York Times bestselling Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls series, featuring 100 barrier-breaking Black women and girls who showcase the spirit of Black Girl Magic.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic celebrates the lives and accomplishments of 100 barrier-breaking Black women and girls who showcase the spirit of Black Girl Magic. Edited by award-winning journalist Lilly Workneh, with a foreword by CaShawn Thompson, creator of the hashtag #BlackGirlsAreMagic, the book includes stories of real women from all walks of life written in fairy tale style.

Arranged in alphabetical order by first name, each brief biography is accompanied by a vibrant full-page illustration. Contemporaries like tennis player Naomi Osaka, astronaut Jeanette Epps, and filmmaker Ava DuVernay join historical figures like aviator Bessie Coleman, Empress Taytu Betul, and journalist Ida B. Wells. Readers will also meet chess champion Phiona Mutesi, video game designer Muriel Tramis, punk rocker Poly Styrene, and chef Leah Chase. The book exclusively features the work of Black female and non-binary editors, authors, and illustrators as they drive the stories of these phenomenal women from around the world and throughout history. 

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Have you ever as a different race gone to a library and gone "Where are the books like me?" well, being a black girl is even harder men go a girl AND BLACK!? they push you down . but now here in a book for you all about black AMAZING woman!

Lilly Workneh
Lilly Workneh is an award-winning journalist who is passionate about impactful storytelling. She served as the editor-in-chief at Blavity News, where she directed the platform's mission to unpack and celebrate the many aspects of the Black millennial community. She previously led HuffPost Black Voices and is a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree. Lilly is a Rebel Girl who wholeheartedly believes powerful stories can shift perspectives, expand imagination, and deepen understanding, helping to build a better future for us all.

CaShawn Thompson is the brilliant mind behind Black Girls Are Magic and the hashtag #BlackGirlMagic. She believes in the phenomenal power and skill of Black women and girls. A passionate advocate of the work, will, and wonder of Black women, CaShawn champions their many causes online and in her everyday life. She lives right outside her hometown of Washington, DC, in Mount Rainier, Maryland, with her husband, two cats, and the various children and grandchildren who visit daily.

Diana Odero is a writer living in Nairobi, Kenya, with bylines in many lifestyle, business, and travel publications. Curious to explore the world, she spent her time learning on different continents, earning her bachelor's and master's degrees from Chapman University (Orange, California) and University of Westminster (London, England), respectively. She is passionate about seeing her fellow women succeed and has spent the majority of her career writing about great women doing amazing things! An aspiring cat lady, Diana enjoys travel, reading, pastries, and a long stretch of beach.

Jestine Ware is a QPOC grant writer at the human rights organization Heartland Alliance by day and a stellar freelance editor, writer, and writing coach by night. She's edited kidlit titles Madam C. J. Walker Builds a Business, Ada Lovelace Cracks the Code, Dr. Wangari Maathai Plants a Forest, and Junko Tabei Masters the Mountains. Her comics, poems, stories, and activities have been featured in Ladybug, Babybug, Spider, Cobblestone, Muse, Click, and Cicada magazines and on Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: The Podcast. In every project Jestine undertakes, she's passionate about supporting those who don't see themselves represented accurately--particularly communities of color, LGBTQIA+ folks, and people with disabilities. Originally from New York, Jestine lives in Chicago with her two feathered children, Owl and Sunny. In her spare time, she's a book afficionado, comic book enthusiast, gardener, avid puzzler, and dabbler in writing afrofuturist science fiction, fairy tales, and nonfiction short stories.

Sonja Thomas always wanted to be a writer, but she was afraid. So she became an accountant instead. One day, she said "enough!" and finally pursued her dreams. Now she writes stories for children of all ages, often featuring brave, everyday girls doing extraordinary things. Her debut middle grade novel, Sir Fig Newton and the Science of Persistence, was published in spring 2022 from Aladdin/Simon & Schuster. Originally from central Florida, she moved across the country and is now "keeping it weird" in the Pacific Northwest.
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Rebel Girls
Publication date
September 28, 2021
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
BISAC categories
JNF007050 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Cultural Heritage
JNF023000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Girls & Women
JNF069000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Diversity & Multicultural
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