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Madam C.J. Walker Builds a Business


By Rebel Girls

Illustrated by Salini Perera


From the world of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls comes a story based on the life of Madam C.J. Walker, America’s first female self-made millionaire.

Sarah is the first person in her family who wasn’t born into slavery in Delta, Louisiana. But being free doesn’t mean that Sarah doesn’t have to work. She cooks, she cleans, she picks cotton, she does laundry, and she babysits. And when she works, she wraps up her hair.

One day, Sarah’s hair starts to fall out! It’s itchy, crunchy, patchy, and won’t grow. Instead of giving up, Sarah searches for the right products. And then she invents something better than any shampoo or hair oil she’s used before. Her hair grows and grows! That’s when she decides to rebrand herself as “Madam C. J. Walker,” and begins her business empire.

Madam C. J. Walker Builds a Business is the story of a leader in the hair care industry, but it’s also an inspiring tale about the importance of empowering women to become economically independent.

This historical fiction chapter book includes additional text on Madam C. J. Walker’s lasting legacy, as well as educational activities designed to encourage entrepreneurship.

About the Rebel Girls Chapter Book Series
Meet extraordinary real-life heroines in the Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls chapter book series! Introducing stories based on the lives of extraordinary women in global history, each stunningly designed chapter book features beautiful illustrations from a female artist as well as bonus activities in the backmatter to encourage kids to explore the various fields in which each of these women thrived. The perfect gift to inspire any young reader!


Rebel Girls is the preeminent edutainment company that empowers girls to pursue their dreams without limits. Rebel Girls products inspire children to dream bigger and realize their fullest potential, by introducing them to extraordinary women throughout history. Stories are brought to life through book publishing, podcasts, toys, and digital media. The Rebel Girls community spans over 85 countries, with 5.5M books sold in 49 languages and 7M podcast downloads.


Full-color Illustrations
Featuring full-color illustrations by artist Salini Perera, which depict Madam C. J. Walker at all ages, her marvelous beauty ads, as well as a number of exciting locations around America that Madam C. J. traveled to for her business and in her fight for equal rights.

Bonus Content
This book includes exercises and challenges to inspire young readers to think about their own futures in entrepreneurship, including crafting their own elevator pitch. These activities were developed in partnership with iFundWomen, a crowdfunding platform for female entrepreneurs.

Madam C. J. Walker's rise as America's first self-made millionaire will instill lessons about hard work, creativity and determination in all readers. Biographical works help kids in this age range learn about the lives of people who struck out on their own, and in the process, broadens the notion of what it is to be entrepreneurial.


More books in the A Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Chapter Book Series.


ISBN: 9781733176194
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 128
Age Recommended : 6-9

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