As a mother to two curly haired, biracial children, I’m always searching for ways to help them to be more culturally competent, independent and self confident.
One of my favorite ways to teach my children is through reading stories.
I’m so thankful for the myriad of authors that realize the importance of spreading positive messages through their literature.
Today I’m excited to share 3 books with you that model loving yourself, specifically, loving your curly hair.
Happy Hair by Mechal Renee Roe
In the forward, Mechal Renee Roe dedicated her book to every girl who has ever doubted her beauty, strength, and her courageous spirit. Release her!
If you aren’t sold on that one line, then perhaps you’ll love the illustrations. They are bright, colorful and enticing in every way! I purchased this book for $15.00 at the World Natural Hair Show in Atlanta.
I had the privilege of meeting the author, and she was kind enough to sign the book!
Every page features a curly haired girl in various shades of brown skin. As a young girl, I would’ve loved to have a book filled with girls who looked like me!
Some of the girls are wearing glasses, and the book walks you through a variety of curly hairstyles.
If you don’t have children who are black or biracial, this book would make an excellent way to talk to your child about diversity, and appreciating people who look different from you.
Naturally Me! by Crystal Swain-Bates
I absolutely love Crystal Swain-Bates! In her forward, she dedicates the book to any little boy or girl who could use the occasional reminder that they are fine just the way they naturally are.
I can appreciate that she has a boy and a girl pictured on the front cover.
Several books that are marketed to curly haired children and targeted at girls. She walks children through physical features that they should be proud of like freckles, hair color, eyes, teeth, curly hair and much more.
The last line of the book sums it all up for you: “There’s no one else I’d rather be I’m proud to be naturally me”
Big Hair, Don’t Care by Crystal Swain-Bates
This book was one of the first curly hair books in my children’s massive book collection. I think your children will like the rhythmic pattern of this book.
The main character talks about the love she has for her curly hair, and she walks us through the various styles.
She dismisses the notion of people not liking her hair due to its size and shape.
I’m always looking to add to our collection. Do you have any other books with curly-haired characters that you’d like to share with me? Comment below!