Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Happy to Be Nappy

Written by: bell hooks and Chris Raschka

First line: Girlpie hair smells clean and sweet, is soft like cotton, flower petal billowy soft, full of frizz and fuzz.

Why you should read this book: A modern classic, this picture book pairs Raschka's soft, gentle drawings of little girls with hooks's powerful, empowering language, assuring girls with nappy hair that they are beautiful. Brown-skinned children with curly hair have endless possibilities where their hair is concerned, and should feel happy about their choices. Very upbeat and cheerful piece that transcends identity politics and just tells kids that they're OK the way they are.

Why you shouldn't read this book: Some little white boys to whom I've read this story seem to find it a bit confusing.

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