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A New York Times bestseller
Featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices
Recipient of a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award
Recipient of an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children's Literary Work

From Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o comes a powerful, moving picture book about colorism, self-esteem, and learning that true beauty comes from within.

Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything.

In this stunning debut picture book, actress Lupita Nyong'o creates a whimsical and heartwarming story to inspire children to see their own unique beauty.

Author: Lupita Nyong'o
Binding Type: Hardcover
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: 10/15/2019
Pages: 48
Weight: 1.2lbs
Size: 11.69h x 9.38w x 0.44d
ISBN: 9781534425361
Audience: Ages 4-8

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 3.4
Point Value: 0.5
Interest Level: Lower Grade
Quiz #/Name: 505104 / Sulwe

Award: Coretta Scott King Award - Honor Book

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 08/05/2019
Kirkus Reviews Fall Preview 08/15/2019 pg. 59
Booklist 09/01/2019 pg. 115
School Library Journal 10/01/2019 pg. 71
Horn Book Magazine 01/01/2020 pg. 76
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2020 - Superior,Well Above Average

About the Author
Lupita Nyong'o is a Kenyan actress and producer. Her first feature film role was in the film 12 Years a Slave, for which she received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress as well as multiple accolades, including the Screen Actors Guild Award, the Critics' Choice Award, the Independent Spirit Award, and the NAACP Award. She has since starred in Mira Nair's Queen of Katwe, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ryan Coogler's record-breaking box office hit Black Panther, and most recently in Jordan's Peele's critically acclaimed horror film Us. Nyong'o earned a Tony nomination for her Broadway debut in Danai Gurira's play Eclipsed. She lives in Brooklyn.

Vashti Harrison, author and illustrator of the bestselling Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, is an artist, author, and filmmaker with a passion for storytelling. She earned her MFA in film and video from California Institute of the Arts, where she snuck into animation and illustration classes to learn from Disney and DreamWorks legends. There she rekindled a love for drawing and painting. Now she uses her love for both film and illustration to craft beautiful stories for children.

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