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

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By Lilly Workneh (Editor), CaShawn Thompson (Foreword by), Jestine Ware (Text by), Diana Odero (Text by), Sonja Thomas (Text by), Lilly Workneh (Text by), Rebel Girls (Created by)
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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.

About the Author


LILLY WORKNEH is an award-winning journalist who is passionate about impactful storytelling. She previously led HuffPost’s “Black Voices” and later served as the editor-in-chief at Blavity News, where she directed the platform’s mission to amplify, unpack, and celebrate the many aspects of the Black millennial community. Lilly has since joined Rebel Girls as head of digital content and is a Forbes “30 Under 30” 2018 honoree. She wholeheartedly believes powerful stories can shift perspectives, expand imagination, and deepen understanding, helping to build a better future for all of us.

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 of her hometown of Washington, DC, in Mount Rainier, MD, with her husband, two cats, and the various children and grandchildren who visit daily.

JESTINE WARE is a QPOC grant writer at the human rights organization Heartland Alliance by day and 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, Cicada Magazine, and the Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 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 traveled around the country searching for home before settling in Chicago with her two feathered children, Owl and Sunny. In her spare time, she’s a book aficionado, comic book enthusiast, gardener, avid puzzler, and dabbler in writing afrofuturist science fiction, fairy tales, and nonfiction short stories.

DIANA ODERO is a writer living in Nairobi, Kenya, with vast bylines in 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 (California) and University of Westminster (London) 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. She is currently working on designing notebooks that she can hoard and developing the perfect skincare routine.

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 is scheduled to publish 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. Visit her at www.bysonjathomas.com or find her at @bysonjathomas on Instagram and Twitter.

LILLY WORKNEH is an award-winning journalist who is passionate about impactful storytelling. She previously led HuffPost’s “Black Voices” and later served as the editor-in-chief at Blavity News, where she directed the platform’s mission to amplify, unpack, and celebrate the many aspects of the Black millennial community. Lilly has since joined Rebel Girls as head of digital content and is a Forbes “30 Under 30” 2018 honoree. She wholeheartedly believes powerful stories can shift perspectives, expand imagination, and deepen understanding, helping to build a better future for all of us.

Praise For…


"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
Product Details
ISBN: 9781953424044
ISBN-10: 195342404X
Publisher: Rebel Girls
Publication Date: September 28th, 2021
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls