Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic
by Lilly Workneh, Jestine Ware, Diana Odero, Sonja Thomas, CaShawn Thompson (Foreword)
Pub Date 28 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 28 Sep 2021
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic, edited by award-winning journalist Lilly Workneh with a foreword by #BlackGirlMagic originator CaShawn Thompson, is dedicated to amplifying and celebrating the stories of Black women and girls from around the world; features the work of over 60 Black female and non-binary authors, illustrators, and editors; is designed to acknowledge, applaud, and amplify the incredible stories of Black women and girls from the past and present; and celebrates Black Girl Magic around the world.
Amongst the women featured from over 30 countries are tennis player Naomi Osaka, astronaut Jeanette Epps, author Toni Morrison, filmmaker Ava DuVernay; aviator Bessie Coleman, Empress Taytu Betul, journalist Ida B. Wells, and many other inspiring leaders, champions, innovators, and creators. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic is the fourth volume of the New York Times bestselling Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls series which originally launched in 2016.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic is published by Rebel Girls, a global, multi-platform empowerment brand dedicated to helping raise the most inspired and confident global generation of girls through content, experiences, products, and community.
About Black Girl Magic
CaShawn Thompson, a proud third-generation native of Washington, DC, came up with the concept “Black Girls Are Magic” when she was a little girl growing up with her mother, grandmother, and aunts. It sprang forth fully formed from the mind of a poor little Black girl who didn’t yet have the words to describe the brilliance she saw in the women in her family, but had heard countless tales of fairies, witches, and magicians. It was just magic to her. And it still is.
Black Girls Are Magic became wildly popular in 2013 after CaShawn began using the phrase online (it was later shortened to the hashtag #BlackGirlMagic) to uplift and praise the accomplishments, beauty, and other amazing qualities of Black women.
"The ultimate inspiration for rebel girls-in-the-making." -Denene Millner, New York Times bestselling author and publisher of Denene Millner Books
"The book is a reminder for Black girls everywhere to be free-spirited, rebellious, and ultimately, their boldest, most courageous self." -Glory Edim, Founder at Well-Read Black Girl
"A visual celebration of Black women from around the world, these pages vividly showcase a wide array of contributions and cultures. I’m glad this book exists for a new generation of Black girls." -Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement
"If only I had this book to help lay a blueprint for my own dreams when I was a kid, I imagine the roadblocks society placed in my path wouldn’t have been so intimidating to take on” -Taryn Finley, Editor of HuffPost Black Voices
"There’s nothing better than being reminded of how magical and magnificent it is being a Black woman. And that we just keep getting doper!" -Julee Wilson, Beauty Director at Cosmopolitan
"This book shows our Black girls that while yes, the path to success isn’t necessarily easy, that’s no reason to ever doubt yourself or feel discouraged about your future. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls encourages readers to think and dream big, because the world cannot move without us." -Kayla Greaves, Editor at InStyle Magazine
"Historically, the contributions of Black women and Black girls have been erased from the record. 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic helps to begin setting the story straight about our beauty, our bounty, and our brilliance." -Veronica Wells-Puoane, Culture Editor at MadameNoire.com
"Readers of Rebel Girls will learn how magical Black women are, how magical Black women can be, and how magical Black women have always been!" -Danielle Cadet, Strong Black Lead, Netflix
"Wonderfully inclusive and diverse, 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic will inspire and empower young girls to see the magic that exists within whether she chooses to become an activist, a dancer, a fencer, a lawyer, a producer, a model, or an entrepreneur." -Tai Beauchamp, Founder of Brown Girl Jane
"This book is necessary reading for every Black girl." -Rhonesha Byng, Founder of Her Agenda
Average rating from 152 members
Phenomenal. Absolutely outstanding collection of stories about oft overlooked women who have made significant contributions to our world. My 10 year old read it twice in succession, excitedly reading out things none of us had heard of before. Incredibly inspirational women for a young, Black girl to look up to and wonderful for her to see them take their place in history. Excellent addition to the 'Rebel Girls' books.
One of my favourite things when I was a kid was choosing my book before bed that my mum would read to me. But when I was a kid all of the fairy tales were the same. The women were always white, housewives, princesses or damsels in distress. You didn't often get tales of strong women, let alone women of colour. This is the type of book I wish was around for me then. This book was fantastic. It was stories of inspirational women who fought for their beliefs, their education, their visions. There were STEM women, rock stars, athletes. A wonderful message to children that they can be whoever they want to be, just like these women have. There are stories from women I've heard about and seen, but also I learned so much about inspirational women I didn't know about and it was wonderful. The illustrations are also beautiful and highlight the beautiful women they are representing. I can't wait to pick up this and the other books in the collection to read to my children one day. Thank you so much to the publishers, authors, illustrators and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this exceptional book in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publishers for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I've been a huge fan of the 'Rebel Stories' series and often found myself gifting the books to my young loved ones. This book is another gem in the treasure chest of beautiful stories and familiarises the reader with women of colour from around the world and their incredible achievements. I did not know about every single woman in this book and found that I learnt so much and felt inspired as I turned the final page of the book. The beautiful portraits accompanying each story serves as an added element and a gateway to connect with the individual in the spotlight. It's wonderful to see books like these being written, with the target audience of children in mind as it introduces them to a plethora of talented, hard working and eloquent individual's, who have paved a path of their own in their respective fields. It reminds children that no matter what your background is, if you have the passion, dedication and courage, you can follow your dreams and become anyone you want!
I always absolutely love these Rebel Girls books, they're so much fun while also being informative and encouraging. The art is so vibrant and eye-catching, these are the perfect book for kids who are interested in history, especially Black history. This is a book for the kids who love their role models and want to learn more about them, the kids who are going to change the world because someone finally told them they can. That's why I love these so much, they're so beautiful and encouraging to kids. Thank you so much for inviting me to read this one, it was such a joy.
One hundred nights of POSSIBLE dreams! What a marvelous collection of mini biographies of Black girls who took on the world and made a real difference. These grown girls are from a number of countries and their accomplishments vary from astronomy to pro Hockey to medicine to writing science fiction. Many of them had to overcome more than their skin tone or gender, but they made up their minds and got it done! They are an inspiration to us all! And the illustrations are impressive, too. I plan to buy one for my local library, too. I requested and received a temporary digital ARC of this book from Rebel Girls via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Rebel Girls: Black Girl Magic ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This latest addition to the ‘Rebel Girls’ collection is sensational. This book brilliantly raises the voices of Black women that will inspire and motivate regardless of age or gender. The representation is spot on- celebrating black women across the world, written and illustrated by black women. I particularly enjoyed reading about the three women who have been front runners in advocating for the Black Lives Matter movement. A huge thank you to Rebel Girls and NetGalley for this eARC.
I adored the heck outta this beautiful book. I read a few entries a night to my two daughters aged 7 and 5 and they had something to say about almost every bad ass woman. Questions and exclamations were made. Some of the women I had previously heard of but I definitely learned about quite a few more every few pages. Also, the art was gorgeous I wanna buy my own copy so I can plaster the art all over my walls.
This collection of tales about black, empowered women is a must read for everyone! I loved the collection starting from the drawings that accompany each of the biographies inside of the book. It has a great mix from different fields from astronomy, sports, arts, music, you name it. I really liked the queer representation inside of the collection of biographies. I'm a huge fan of this series especially as a teacher I feel like provinding kids both boys and girls with these type of non-fiction books is super important. I highly recommend.