Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic (Hardcover)
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The fourth 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, 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 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.
About the Author
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.
"Reading can inspire you to do great things—what a great gift for a preteen! This series features boundary-breaking women and includes stories about some who have moved me the most—like Toni Morrison. They even included me!"
— Oprah says on OprahDaily.com
“This book, from cover to cover, is not only a work of art, but it is a work of heart. It is page after page, story after story of some of the most amazing women who ever walked this Earth”
— The Washington Post
“It’s the kind of book everyone needs on their bookshelf, regardless of age.”
— Book Riot
"A fresh, inclusive, and inspiring collective biography."
— Kirkus Reviews
"The ultimate inspiration for rebel girls-in-the-making."
— Denene Millner, New York Times bestselling author and publisher of Denene Millner Books
"A thrilling addition to an ever-growing collection."
"Sweet and inspiring, this book encourages Black girls to be proud and dream big."
— Common Sense Media
"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
"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
"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
"I cannot begin to describe my affection for this book. Truly one of the most uplifting pieces I've ever encountered."
— Montego Glover, Tony Award-nominated actress