Cool Cuts Written and Illustrated by Mechal Renee Roe (2020) – hardcover
Recommended ages: 3 to 7
From the author of Happy Hair comes Cool Cuts, the “boy” version! Both are celebrations of textured hair and are wonderfully uplifting and encouraging. There isn’t a traditional story structure but rather a collection of colorful imagery of brown-skinned boys rocking their unique hairstyles and positive affirmations encouraging self-love. I like that every depiction is so unique, there are various skin tones, hair styles, and clothing styles represented on every page. Every young brown-skinned reader is sure to find a character with which they can connect. Roe’s illustrations are too cute, and I love the large cover image of a young Black boy looking fresh and proud of it!
Take-away message: As the author notes in her dedication, she wants young brown-skinned children to have the courage to “be free!” This book exudes positivity and is sure to boost your young reader’s self-esteem!
TAGS: Black, male lead, black hair, textured hair, brown skin, hardcover, board book edition
Also available as a board book for ages 0 to 3!