Sulwe with Ms. Joanna

Follow along as Ms. Joanna reads Sulwe, A New York Times bestseller and recipient of a

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award. 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.


  1. Have you ever felt this way about yourself, like Sulwe did about her color?

  2. Who was Night, in Sulwe’s dreamlike from the story?

  3. Why do we need both light and dark?

  4. What was your favorite part about the story, Sulwe?

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