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The Light She Feels Inside by Gwendolyn Wallace, Olivia Duchess (Hardcover)

The Light She Feels Inside by Gwendolyn Wallace, Olivia Duchess (Hardcover)

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Picture Books - Ages 5-8

Published: 10/3/2023 

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.


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.

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