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

Created by Rebel Girls / Edited by Lilly Workneh / Foreword by CaShawn Thompson / Text by Jestine Ware, Diana Odero, Sonja Thomas and Lilly Workneh

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.

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

More books in this series: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls