Bedtime Bonnet By Nancy Redd, Illustrated by Kneka Myers (2020) – hardcover
This is such a delightful and unique book! The story is simple: a Black family is getting ready for bed and goes through their nighttime, hair-care routine. Each member of the family has different hairstyles that need special care before bed and in the morning when they’re getting ready for their day. The grandparents in this story are especially fun and are sure to make you laugh! Nneka Myers’ illustrations are so cute! And her cover art is absolutely adorable; one of my new favorites.
Take-away message: From durags to curlers to wave caps, this book certainly aims to normalize “Black hair.” Black children will have fun identifying with the characters in the story. And all other children will benefit from learning a bit more about black hair traditions, and how important it is to one’s identity.
TAGS: Black hair, nuclear family, female lead, grandparents, Nneka Myers, hardcover
About the Author:
Nancy Redd is an award-winning on-air-host, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a two-time Mom’s Choice Award winner, an NAACP Image Award nominee for outstanding literary work, and a GLAAD Media Award nominee for outstanding digital journalism. Called “the perfect combination of style and substance” by Essence magazine, Nancy holds an honors degree in women’s studies from Harvard University. Bedtime Bonnet was inspired by the lack of resources Nancy encountered when she introduced a bonnet to her daughter’s nighttime routine.
About the Illustrator:
Nneka Myers lives in Toronto and creates designs filled with color, texture, and diversity for publishers and the animation industry. Although drawing is her favorite, she can often be found looking for inspiration in vintage fashion, drinking tea with friends, or playing video games.
Also available in our Hair Love Book Bundle.
Bedtime Bonnet Read Aloud with Author Nancy Redd