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Bintou's Braids’Mama says, “I wear my hair natural
In memory of a faraway place.”
Her hair is thick and soft
A frame around her face…’

“Mama’s Glory” from the book Crowning Glory by Joyce Carol Thomas.

I’ve already written about children books that have hair as the main subject, but in my last trip to the library I found a couple more that I would like to mention.
My favorite of all the books I brought this time is Bintou’s Braids.
It tells the story of an African girl who dreams of having long braids like her older sister, but since she is just a little girl, she can only have cornrows. The book talks about African traditions, family, love, courage and to find beauty in each of us. Crowning GloryThis book is the only one for children by Sylviane Anna Diouf and was beautifully illustrated by Shane W. Evans.
Another great book is Crowning Glory by Joyce Carol Thomas and illustrated by Brenda Joysmith. This one is a collection of short poems that celebrate African hair in all its forms and beauty; braided, adorned, or just free. Joyce Carol Thomas has written many children books and if you’re interested in attending one of her talks, next year she will be at  Words Take Wing: Honoring Diversity in Children’s Literature at the UC Davis School of Education in Davis, CA on February 9, 2011, and later at the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at the University of Southern Mississippi on April 7, 2011.
How Emily Blair Got Her Fabulous HairI also brought another book about hair, but in this case is not about African hair. However, I thought it was a good story for girls no matter their hair type. The book is How Emily Blair Got Her Fabulous Hair by Susan Garrison and illustrated by Marjorie Priceman.
In this case a girl with long straight hair can’t seem to find a way to style her hair, and longs of having curly hair like her best friend. After many tries and frustrations, she finally learns to love her hair and to style it in her own particular way.
It’s a good story that shows how we girls and women usually envy what we don’t have and don’t appreciate what we were born with. It’s a lesson in self esteem, friendship and acceptance.

alicia
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