I love my hair!

i love my hairEvery night before she goes to bed, Keyana sits down between her mother’s knees to have her hair combed. But no matter how gently Mama pulls, it sometimes still hurts! Keyana doesn’t feel lucky to have such a head of hair, but Mama says she is because she can wear it any way she chooses. This is a wonderful book about self-acceptance for black girls with natural hair. The little girl as a black doll which I found wonderful, especially knowing how difficult it is to find black dolls in Canada (where I live). It is sometimes difficult for black girls to accept and love their hair as it naturally grows out of their head for various reasons. I believe lack of positive representation greatly contributes to this phenomenon. Young girls as little as 4 or 5 years old sometimes refuse to wear their hair a certain way because none of their friends do, and they never see hair like theirs on TV. This book can contribute to build self-esteem in young girls. It also gives them a positive representation of themselves, which is often lacking in popular media.

Author(s) / illustrator(s) : Natasha Anastasia Tarpley & E. B. Lewis
Publisher: Little, Brown
Publication date: 1998
ISBN: 0316522759
Target audience: 4 to 8 years old

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Black is brown is tan

black brown tanBrown-skinned mama, the color of chocolate milk and pumpkin pie. White-skineed daddy, not the color of milk or snow, but light with pinks and tiny tans. And their two children, the beautiful colors of both. For an all-American family, full of joy, warmth, and love.

I read it. I loved it. You should read it too. A great story about the beauty and love of mixed-race families. When it was first published in 1973, Black is Borwn is Tan featured the first interracial family in children’s books in the US.

Author : Arnold Adoff & Emily Arnold McCully
Publishing company: Harper Collins
Publication date: 2002
ISBN: 0060287764
Target audience: 4 years old and over

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