The Hair Book

Union Square Kids. Apr. 2022. 36p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781454944324.
PreS-Gr 2–Readers explore the world of hair in this inclusive book. Vibrant illustrations depict an individual donning a particular hairstyle, with accompanying text describing the look in two or three words: “long hair,” “short hair,” “cornrow hair,” “afro hair,” and so on. Yvette features a number of diverse hairstyles throughout this book, including a woman covering her hair with a hijab and a young boy wearing a kippah over his hair. The book’s conclusion reminds readers that no matter their style of hair, they are welcome anywhere. Jones’s striking spreads include bold and eye-catching colors that celebrate the diversity of beauty. This title, with all the comfort and generosity of Todd Parr’s inclusive books, would be an excellent complement for either Sharee Miller’s Princess Hair or Matthew A. Cherry’s Hair Love.
VERDICT Joyful and affirming, this is recommended for purchase for all collections.

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