Lupita Nyong’o is dipping her toes into the world of children’s literature with a new book titled Sulwe, which is due out in January 2019 from Simon & Schuster for Young Readers. According to The New York Times, which broke the news Thursday (Jan. 18), the picture book is about a 5-year-old Kenyan girl named Sulwe (which means “star” in Nyong’o’s native language), who, as the darkest-skinned member of her family, wants to lighten her skin. Words of wisdom from her mother, however, eventually help Sulwe look at the idea of beauty from a new perspective.
The actress confirmed the project on Instagram on Thursday, writing, “I am pleased to reveal that I have written a children’s book! … Sulwe is a dark skinned girl who goes on a starry-eyed adventure, and awakens with a reimagined sense of beauty. She encounters lessons that we learn as children and spend our lives unlearning. This is a story for little ones, but no matter the age I hope it serves as an inspiration for everyone to walk with joy in their own skin.”