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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Biographical profiles of 100 Black women offer stories and insight into history. Some of the women included: journalist and civil rights pioneer Ida B. Wells, author Toni Morrison, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Ethiopian Empress Taytu Betul, tennis player Naomi Osaka, astronaut Jeanette Epps, aviator Bessie Coleman.
Black girls can do anything when they grow up. Dream big!
Positive Role Models
The historical figures featured are eminent Black women from all over the world. It includes woman from the early 20th century to the date of publication in 2021.
The intention of this book is to elevate awareness of the achievements of Black women throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, in politics, science, the arts, sports, and more.
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Violence & Scariness
There are brief mentions of violence when necessary to describe the woman's contributions. For example, the entry on Ida B. Wells explains the term "lynching."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic, by Lilly Workneh, is the fourth book in the New York Times-bestselling Rebel Girls series. This volume focuses on eminent Black women, covering the historical time period from the beginning of the 20th century to the time of publication in 2021. There are brief mentions of violence when necessary to describe the woman's contributions. For example, the entry on journalist and civil rights prioneer Ida B. Wells explains the term "lynching."
Is It Any Good?
Sweet and inspiring, this book encourages Black girls to be proud and dream big. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic is part of the Rebel Girls series, and this volume focuses on Black women. The strength of this volume is in its attention to creative details in the way the stories are told: Each profile begins by describing the woman's childhood, family of origin, and puts her in temporal and geographical context. The women are presented in alphabetical order by first name, which helps young readers imagine each woman as a girl her age. Whether the woman is alive or deceased, her biography is written to convey the feeling of getting to know the living woman in her heyday.
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