A New York Times bestseller! 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.
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
. In 2020, Nyong'o earned her first Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Narrator for her narration of the Discovery series Serengeti.
She was also nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Character Voice-Over Performance. She lives in Brooklyn.