Children's Books

Ms. Wesley’s books for children include the Willimena Rules! series (How to Lose Your Class Pet, How to Fish for Trouble, How to Lose Your Cookie Money, How to (Almost) Ruin Your School Play, 23 Ways to Mess Up Valentine's Day, How to Face Up to the Class Bully, Freedom’s Gifts: A Juneteenth Story, and The Afro-bets Book of Black Heroes, which she co-wrote with Wade Hudson.  You can find children’s books by Valerie Wilson Wesley on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, and other online booksellers. Kindle Editions of the Willimenia Rules! series will be available soon on  Visit Just Us Books, publishers of The Afro-bets Book of Black Heroes and the next Willlimena Rules! book.


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"I love writing for both audiences. Of course, my books for kids are shorter and the language is simpler but the themes are complex. For example, How to Lose Your Class Pet is about the need to forgive yourself  when you have no control over circumstances. All the books are about growth and moral values without being preachy."


"Black children need to see their lives reflected in the books they read. If they don't, they won't feel welcome in the world of literature. The lives of African-Americans are rich and diverse, and the books our children read should reflect that."


- Valerie Wilson Wesley