This is the fourth title in the Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls series and it is my favourite title to date.
It’s all well and good being told that you can be anything that you want to be but there’s nothing better than seeing people like you, reading about what they have achieved and knowing that through hard-work, dedication and determination you can do it too. Children need relatable, real and inspiring role-models and this is exactly what Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic delivers.
Featuring one-hundred Black women from history right through to the present day and bursting with #BlackGirlMagic, this is the most brilliant celebration of Black women and their achievements. Bang-up-to-date, the superbly collated collection of figures provides a great breadth of coverage. With the well-known names of Naomi Osaka and Kamala Harris, the lesser-known names of Yetnebersh Niguisse and Leah Chase, and the the inclusion of Black women who were born post-2000 - Kheris Rogers, MC Soffia and Nandi Bushell, there is at least one Black woman for every reader to relate to and be inspired by. Diverse and inclusive, the featured Black women come from around the world, although most are from the USA, and established themselves and succeeded in a wide range of fields, it is almost an A to Z of endeavours from activists, actors, artists and authors through to veterinarians, vice-presidents, wrestlers and yoga teachers.
Arranged in alphabetical order, women are introduced over double page spreads featuring a full page biography and a vibrant illustration on the facing page. Each biography gives a snapshot of the individual, detailing childhood, growing-up, accomplishments, achievements and legacy. They are a lovely introduction to each of the women and many will leave readers wanting to find out more.
What I love most about this book is that it has been created exclusively by Black people. Four Black women wrote the biographies, the illustrations are the work of over sixty Black female or non-binary artists and the Black woman who coined the phrase ‘Black Girls Are Magic’ was responsible for hand-picking the one-hundred women who feature. All of this #BlackGirlPower does not mean this book is exclusively for Black children. It is a book for all children (and adults) who want to read incredible stories about amazing women who broke down barriers, tore up ‘the rule book’ and have paved or are paving the the way for future generations.
Beautifully presented, lovingly researched and packed full of #BlackGirlMagic, this is a fantastic celebration of Black women. Superbly informative, motivational and inspirational, the stories are testament to what is possible when you dare to dream, are not willing to accept anything other than the best and are determined to get exactly what you want in life.
Recommended for 6+.
With huge thanks to the Rebel Girls team for the advanced reader copy that I received via NetGalley.