The Light She Feels Inside (Hardcover)

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By Gwendolyn Wallace, Olivia Duchess (Illustrator)
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This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of a little Black girl with BIG and difficult feelings. Some of these feelings are delightful, while others can be somber and heavy. Children of all ages experience an array of emotion. I think this book gracefully teaches children as well as their parents where to place some of these emotions. Learning about the ways of the world, prejudices, etc. can be and are overwhelming to anyone. Though Maya is a happy child, she can’t help but be affected by the changes and injustices she witnesses. With a helpful and attentive teacher, Maya learns how to use her big feelings for change. — Brandi

— From Holiday Gift Guide: Picture Books


How will Maya create a brighter world? By learning to honor her glowing feelings, just like Black women have done throughout history!

Maya feels a warm glow when she picks strawberries in the community garden, hears music in her neighborhood, or spends time with the people she loves.

She feels a different kind of glow when she gets pushed down on the playground, overhears her family worrying about bills, and sees her favorite cousin stopped by police. Sometimes that glowing seems like too much to carry.

But Maya is learning that others feel the same glowing light. Black women throughout history, like Ida B. Wells, Nina Simone, June Jordan, and Maya's own ancestors, found ways to honor these glowing feelings. They were guided by their light to make a difference. The light Maya feels inside is an important part of her that she'll share as she works toward a brighter world.

About the Author

Gwendolyn Wallace was born and raised in Danbury, Connecticut and graduated from Yale University. She can usually be found gardening, exploring used bookstores, or listening to the radical impulses of young children.

Praise For…

"Sure to light up young readers—and encourage them to help make the world a better place." — Kirkus Reviews

""A nuanced, community-oriented story about sharing your light and transforming the world… A must-have for an empowering classroom library." — Children's Literature Comprehensive Database" — Children's Literature Comprehensive Database

Product Details
ISBN: 9781728239798
ISBN-10: 1728239796
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2023
Pages: 40
Language: English