All I can say is, what rock was I living under in 2014 that I had not yet the great pleasure of reading Mechal Renee Roe’s book, Happy Hair?! I fixed that oversight today and oh my-CUTENESS OVERLOAD! But it’s much more than that. Yes, the colors are popping (Love the bright yellow cover speckled with pink hearts). Yes, each little girl is absolutely adorable. Yes, it is full of fabulous hairstyles with accessories that are on point, but this book is most importantly a mirror, affirming to its reader that their hair is beautiful, however they choose to wear it. And this book has hair-dos for days. Braids and locs, fros and crops, hair that’s freshly primped and pressed, with each page declaring, “I love being me.” This book is meant to be gifted and that’s exactly what I intend to do.
Note: It would appear there could be two different editions. The book I borrowed from the library has the copyright as 2014, however, both Amazon and Goodreads show an October 2019 release date. Whichever the date may be, Happy Hair was a joy to read.
Happy Hair has a trailer that you don’t want to miss. I posted about it earlier this week but you can also find it here, from the Happy Hair YouTube channel.
Double Day Books for Young Readers
An Imprint of Random House Children’s Books
Borrowed from the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
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