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Picture Books Celebrating Black Hair

Picture Books Celebrating Black Hair

Picture Books Celebrating Black Hair

Cool Cuts and Happy Hair by Mechal Renee Roe

These two picture books from Roe celebrate many different haircuts and styles for Black children with full page illustrations. Each beautiful, confidence-boosting style highlighting variations in hair texture from person to person is paired with affirmations to charge up self-esteem. Cool Cuts is intended for masculine-presenting children while Happy Hair celebrates styles typically worn by feminine-presenting children.

Hair, it’s a Family Affair by Mylo Freeman

In Hair, It’s a Family Affair, Macy excited tells her classmates all about the hairstyles worn by her family, marveling at the ways her own family celebrates Black hair. Grandma’s Afro, big sisters locs and braids, little sister’s soft baby hair, and Macy’s puffballs are just a few! Not only does everyone have natural (and naturally different) hair but illustrations show a loving, inter-generational family of many shades of skin preparing together.

Princess Hair by Sharee Miller

Beneath their crowns, each of these princesses get to choose how they style their hair and celebrate all the different ways they can. Braids, puffs, twists, curls and more can carry their crowns through all of the important parts of a princess day such as the occasional special parade. The picture book also shares a few princesses preparing for a nap by covering their hair for protection. Princess Hair is for everyone!

My Hair is a Garden by Cozbi Cabrera

MacKenzie comes home from school upset after classmates spend the day making fun of her hair. Miss Tillie, her neighbor, comforts her and reminds her that her hair is like a Garden. It’s beautiful and deserves to be cared for and loved.

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry

Zuri loves her hair and all the creative ways she can wear it but today she wants it extra special. Daddy keeps trying different styles but none of them are exactly what Zuri wants. Father and daughter work together to figure out the perfect way to style her hair for this special day. Hair Love was adapted into an Oscar-winning short film.

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes

Young Black boys head to the barbershop for their next fresh cut. Draped in robes in the barber’s chair, they emerge as young kings ready to tackle the day, full of confidence. This book has won a Newbery Honor, a Caldecott Honor, and Coretta Scott King Award Honors among others. Crown is a perfect read for young, male-identifying children.

Bedtime Bonnet by Nancy Redd

A little girl’s whole family is getting ready for bed, brushing teeth, reading bedtime stories, and protecting their hair. Her whole family is wearing scarves, caps, and durags to best cover their hair but she can’t find her bonnet! It’s an important part of her bedtime routine and now she has no idea where it is! Bedtime Bonnet is a great way to illustrate nighttime routines and care.

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