Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry and Vashti Harrison was written in 2019, and is one more of the books I purchased in my quest to add more books by authors and illustrators of color to my collection. I'd heard many good things about this book, and I'm so glad I got it because it's darling.
This picture book is the story of a little girl named Zuri, and her hair has a mind of its own. "It kinks, coils, and curls every which way." Her hair is shown in all its curly glory with the fantastic art of Vashti Harrison.
Her hair is shown in braid, in superhero puffs. Her hair goes from large to small when it is rained on.
Zuri has a special day and wants her hair to look really good, but her dad is still sleeping after a long day of taking care of her and working, so she attempts to look up how to do her hair on the internet using an iPad. Her dad wakes and comes to help her, but the styles he makes aren't quite right, and Zuri is getting sad.
Dad works harder to help Zuri have the style she wants that day.
The art in this book is wonderful and it's a great story for any child.
I remember when I was little and could not understand why my mom who was a beautician couldn't make my super straight hair form the beautiful woven ponytails that a classmate with hair like Zuri's had. This book can help all girls appreciate the hair they have. I also loved how much Zuri was loved by her father and mother, and Zuri's gap tooth smile was just the right touch for a girl her age.
Read to a child even if that child is you.
Link to our NICU book registry to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit so their parents can read to them while they grow. You can also donate gently used books to our project by sending them to me or to Angie. Email me for a mailing address. We can use both English and Spanish books. If you have a graduate of the NICU, or if you have a baby whose life you would like to honor by donating books to this project, let me know, and I can make a book plate with their name for the books you donate.