Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o, hardcover



This heartwarming book encourages children and shows that every skin tone is beautiful, that you are beautiful.

Sulwe was born midnight colored. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than everyone in her school - and tries everything to look different. But then she goes on a magical journey with the two sisters day and night and learns to appreciate their beauty.

Based on her personal story, Academy Award-winning author Lupita Nyong'o has created a new heroine for children like Sulwe who shows the value of self-acceptance. She criticizes colorism, the social preference for people with lighter skin tones, in a child-friendly and loving way.


Lupita Nyong'o is a Kenyan-Mexican actress and author. She is known from films such as Queen of Katwe, Black Panther, and Us. For her role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave, Nyong'o became the first African actress who is also Black to win an Oscar. Her children's book Sulwe was a New York Times bestseller, won the NAACP Image Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, and even received its own Netflix episode in the series Bookmarks.

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Mentor have great books for children and adults. We like the themes of the books as well as the sustainable, diverse, inclusive and empowering approach.  

About the publisher

Mentor Verlag is an independent, owner-managed publisher from Berlin - recently also part of the Kurt Wolff Foundation's circle of friends.

We, the two young publishers Philipp and Niclas, co-founded the start-up campus “Factory” eight years ago and love building communities. As a publisher, we're all about community and great books - for children and adults. Topics relating to children's education, sustainability, healthy living, but also social coexistence as a whole are important to us.

We are now able to work with authors such as Francesca Cavallo, Ronja von Rönne, Jimmy Kimmel and Lupita Nyong'o.