Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry; Illustrated by Vashti Harrison (2019) – Hardcover
Recommended ages: 3 to 8
Reading level: Lexile AD480L | Fountas & Pinnell J
In this heartwarming adaptation of Matthew A. Cherry’s Academy Award-winning short film, Hair Love, young Zuri expresses herself through the countless hairstyles that her beautiful locks allow. Braids make her feel like a princess, and two puffs make her feel like a superhero! One day, when mom is away from home, Zuri’s dad wants to help create the perfect hairstyle, but he soon finds that it’s not as easy as it looks.
Hair Love is an absolute breathe of fresh air! Little Black girls will certainly be delighted to see themselves in the pages of this book. But it’s also more broadly a story about the bond between a father and daughter. Which resonates with most kids, no matter their ethnicity.
Zuri and her father are depicted in such an endearing pose on the cover art, and I love that their faces envelop most of the cover. I’m OBSESSED with all of Vashti Harrison’s work! She has an amazing ability to create such emotive and captivating characters.
Take-away message: Don’t give up! Use trial-and-error to problem solve. It’s also a sweet story to show dads a new way to bond with their daughters, providing such an important and strong image of black fatherhood.
TAGS: Black, Father-daughter, Family, Vashti Harrison, Black Hair, Textured Hair, Hardcover
Also available in our Hair Love Book Bundle.
Meet author Matthew Cherry and illustrator Vashti Harrison!