Sulwe

  • Title: Sulwe
  • Author: Lupita Nyongo
  • Illustrator: Vashti Harrison
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Publication year: 2019
  • Brief Summary: From Simon & Schuster-“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.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – I don’t know if this could used in any sort of curriculum but it is a great book to use for children to see themselves in (especially African American girls). I think this would be a wonderful read aloud for young children. I did find this discussion guide for teachers from ADL: Fighting Hate For Good.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it. –One of my favorite illustrations is Sulwe being surprised by a shooting star shooting right into her window, brightening in multiple colors the whole dark room and Sulwe grips it. Another breathtaking illustration of Night overlooking a landscape scene, which is done in all blues, greens, and purples.

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