Jerdine Nolen
Eliza's Freedom Road
Co-authored with
Tiffany Haddish
illustrated by Jessica Gibson
HarperCollins, 2022
book covers
books in alphabetical order
  Layla: The Last Black Unicorn


It’s not easy to fit in when you stand out. When Layla arrives for her first day of school at Unicornia, the school for unicorns, she realizes that she’s not like the other kids there. They’re all pastel colors and know the rules to Horn Ball and none of them come from the Woods like Layla does. Try as she might to make friends, Layla’s just … different. But when her class gets lost during a field trip to the Fiddle Dee Deep Forest, it’s up to Layla to step up and save the day.

Layla, the Last Black Unicorn is a hilariously heartwarming picture book about self-acceptance, self-esteem, and standing up for standing out.


“A great read for children who need reassurance about going to school and making friends as well as for those who feel they don’t fit in.” (Booklist)

“Layla has both determination and style to spare.” (Publishers Weekly)

“The colorful, cartoon-style illustrations show refreshing diversity in the world of fantastical beings, and the striking black unicorn will do wonders for cultural perceptions of beauty. A winner on many levels.” (Kirkus Reviews)

"This book needs to be in every collection." (School Library Journal)


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