With rhythmic, rhyming verse, this picture book follows two girls--one non-Black Puerto Rican, one Black--as they discover the stories their hair can tell.
Preciosa has hair that won't stay straight, won't be confined. Rudine's hair resists rollers, flat irons, and rules.
Together, the girls play hair salon! They take inspiration from their moms, their neighbors, their ancestors, and cultural icons. They discover that their hair holds roots of the past and threads of the future.
With rhythmic, rhyming verse and vibrant collage art, author NoNieqa Ramos and illustrator Keisha Morris follow two girls as they discover the stories hair can tell.
About the Author
Raised in the Boogie Down Bronx, NoNieqa Ramos is an educator and literary activist. Their work includes the young adult novels The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary and The Truth Is, as well as the picture book Hair Story. They believe Halloween is a lifestyle, not a holiday. If you're in Virginia, you might catch NoNieqa getting motorcycle lessons from their soulmate Michael or going indie bookstore hopping with their preciosos Jandi and Langston. Connect with their works on www.nonieqaramos.com or on the Latinx collective www.lasmusasbooks.com.
Keisha Morris earned her BFA in Illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and has illustrated several picture books, including The Truth About Mrs. Claus by Meena Harris and All Aboard the Schooltrain by Glenda Armand. When she is not drawing, she loves spending time with her wife, daughter, and cats.
"This gorgeous book is about more than hair. Hair becomes the vehicle for a conversation about identity, beauty standards, bias, relationships, self-love, and more. Ramos has created a picture book that touches upon identity as it is intertwined with other elements of life, all by celebrating hair types and styles." ―Lorena Germán, Co-Founder of the Multicultural Classroom, as well as Co-Founder of #DisruptTexts, and Chair of NCTE's Committee Against Racism and Bias in the Teaching of English.
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"A lovely lesson in loving and having pride in oneself, perfect for fans of Matthew Cherry's Hair Love and for any shelf seeded with positive messaging."--School Library Journal
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