Author and Illustrator: Mechal Renee Roe
Strong, happy, and confident reflections of Black girls in Happy Hair by Mechal Renee Roe is an excellent way to promote healthy positive love, self-worth, and hair positivity. Through this book, Black girls will be able to see themselves celebrated, welcomed, and valued. This book embodies a message of self-love for girls of all ages. For older children, using this book as a starting point to discuss the Crown Act (https://www.thecrownact.com/) is a great way to engage in social action and advocacy.
Furthermore, this book mirrors and affirms to the readers that hair is beautiful regardless of how it is worn. There is not a “good way” and “bad way” to style hair, but rather an expression of culture, self, and pride. As it is said at the end of the book, “You are beautiful!”, and self love can go a long way in developing prosocial relationships and behaviors for children of all ages.
Reviewed By: Anni Reinking
Tags: Diversity/Multicultural, Identity, Inclusion