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I Love My Hair!

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  2,139 ratings  ·  317 reviews
No matter how gently Mama pulls as she combs Keyana's hair, it still hurts. Keyana doesn't feel lucky to have such a head of hair, but Mama tells her she is because she can wear it any way she chooses. ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 1st 1998 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Mariah Roze
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great book that easily explains all the options there is for doing hair. Also, it makes every style sounds awesome and beautiful. Very young girl self-empowerment.
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A little but important and empowering book - obviously as the title tells us, this is all about girls loving their hair, despite the pain that all that brushing and combing can involve.

Fun illustrations, accessible and meaningful for kids and a great resource for parents of young girls.
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-c-literature
I think this is an awesome book and a true mirror book for me! This would be a great book to teach about diversity, it is a very true example of what most little African American girls go through when getting our hair combed. It also explains how different are hair is and that we can change it as often as we like. Keyana's, mother in the book, uses different illustrations for different hair styles such as "or I can part your hair into straight lines and plant rows of braids along your scalp, the ...more
In this book, the little girl finds pride in her hair and all the ways that she can fix it.

I would use this book to teach diversity. I could use it during black history month or just in general to teach differences. It also teaches to be happy in the skin you're in.
Teré Mashburn
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: educ-378
Text-to-Self Connection:

This book reminds me of my childhood plenty. As a young girl my mother had to take care of my hair. Just like Keyana, my mother or grandmother would sit me between her legs as the moisturized my scalp and styled my hair. As a child I usually dreaded getting my hair done. At times it was unpleasant, especially if my hair was sometimes snagged while combing out tangled areas.

I love the how Keyana came to understand that her hair allowed so many diverse styles. As a child,
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: feelings
This is a terrific book with lovely illustrations. I can see this book being used for text-to-self comparisons. Every little girl hates having her hair brushed no matter what type of hair. It would be terrific to just read this book without having an emphasis on differences, but similarities. This would be a lot of fun to use as a language/literacy and arts lesson. Print pictures of all students and have them each use supplies to make different hair on themselves. They can then write about their ...more
Morgan Patton
Feb 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Love My Hair is the story of a young black girl who learns to find pride in her hair, even though it hurts sometimes when her mother combs it.

This book was excellent at showing the different expressions and emotions that African American girls have in real life when it comes to their hair. It also connects to all children, teaching them to love who they are and where they come from.
Robyn Watt
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: family, self-esteem
wonderful book, a great way to have children look at the difference in hair and hairstyles,bring in mannequin heads and have the children pretend to be in the barbershop and hair salon and style the hair on the mannequins, the next day their can be a hair show, showcasing all the styles
Gianni Llano
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book tells the story of a young girl who learns to accept her hair. As females, we all have to learn to embrace ourselves, which is why I recommend this book be read to all young girls.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
This is a heartwarming story about a little girl and the reasons why she loves her hair. Sometimes though, having her hair brushed can be painful and Keyana doesn't like her hair then. But her Mama tells her how beautiful her hair is, and as she fixes Keyana's hair, she tells her stories of the past. Keyana tells her own stories about the reasons why she loves her hair, and through her stories we are transported into a world of dreams, belonging, and becoming!
This is great read-aloud for young c
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
A wonderful story of acceptance for a very real important detail in the lives of young girls, their hair. This book shows the beauty in difference and can help girls to feel confident in themselves. The picture and text relationships that Natasha provides can really help to create a sense of identity and adventure for any girl that thinks their hair is more of a burden than a gift. Great read for young readers.

(Seen as an ebook.)
Feb 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
As the title of this book implies, it celebrates a little girl's hair. It touches on how she and her mom bond over the maintenance of her hair (even though it can hurt when her mom brushes it) and how she can wear it in a variety of styles. The afro has history behind it but she likes to wear it with beads and hear the beads clacking together. ...more
Brittany Houston
This book promotes healthy and positive self-esteem and cultural identity. Children should feel comfortable with who they are, in order to feel comfortable enough to learn and play in a classroom setting.
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is a good book to have in the classroom to add a multicultural aspect. This shows how being african american is wonderful.
Marisa Severin
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is excellent to teach young African american children about self-love. It teaches one to appreciate who they are. It was also wonderfully illustrated. I love it.
Laura (Book Scrounger)
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Included in this blog series highlighting some great books for Black History Month:
Courtney Gilmore
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LOVE the story as well as the illustrations throughout the book!
Christine Valle
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is told from a little girl's point of view as her mother creates different hairstyles for her. The little girl discusses which hairstyles she likes best, how they make her feel, and the tricks her mother uses when styling her hair. She is proud of the hair she has and it makes her feel like she can fly!

I think this book is a wonderful book to read aloud to children because it discusses the important of being unique. The little girl in the story found so many wonderful hairstyles that o
Rikki Powers
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for teaching body positivity and acceptance of natural hair. It starts by describing care given to african hair, and then the following pages are about accepting and loving her beautiful hair. It also mentions bullying, a very real problem, but the adult takes time to reinforce the beauty lf natural hair. Great message. It can be read to young children or read independently by children in upper elementary grades.
Tabatha Mulkey
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-1-10
Summary: Kenyana knows she has special hair and she loves it. This book is to make all African American girls to feel good about their hair and love it even though it is different.

Evaluation: I like this book because it is simple, but powerful. It means a lot for an African American little girl to know she is different, but still feel good about herself. I think this could have a huge impact!!

Teaching Idea: I would let my African American students read this book so they could feel good about th
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lovely title that depicts hair care and style options for young African American girls. Especially note that oil is being applied to the hair and there is a bonding experience happening between Mother and child as the hair care is accomplished. A good cross cultural title to learn about hair care that perhaps differs from ones own hair.
Lineth Moraga-Hernandez
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was inspiring! I truly enjoyed reading it and being able to follow the mother's thoughts of her daughter's hair. The mother reminds her that her hair is part of her heritage and that she is lucky to have such hair because, she can style it anyway she desires. The illustrations include watercolors and add an emphasis to the young girl's hairstyles. This allows the readers or viewers to follow along with the many hairstyles she is able to wear. As an educator, this book can be used to di ...more
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it
waiting to read to my daughters, and thankful to have a stack of picture books that celebrate diversity. Black History month will be a good time to read this over with them. A nice story about acceptance and celebrating who you are :-)
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is so beautifully illustrated, and it goes through all the ways black girls can wear and love their natural hair.

Read for me by Tiffany Haddish in the NetFlix series Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices
Blake Lumar
this book is a great example for girls embracing their hair. I remember having to get my hair done the night before school and crying be cause it hurt. My mom would always tell me that my hair was like a pot of gold it is a treasure. this book brings back great memories about my hair and how I came to love my hair.
Spencer Jones
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book because it shows diversity and how diversity is important in our lives. I love the illustrations and how they connected to the other images and they really stuck out. I also think this book is important because young children often make fun of other’s hair and this book teaches that we don’t have to be ashamed of it. This book is realistic fiction and is in the 1st-5th grade range
Carley Trumbower
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 40-class-books
Multicultural, published 2001
This is a book about a little girl who gets made fun of for her African hair. Her mom teaches her that her hair is beautiful and unique and she becomes proud of it in the end. This would be a great story to read to the class if they are having an issue with someone personal style.
Kjirsten Jones
I would recommend this book because it is so relatable to many different children. The colorful pictures and easy language will interest children when reading this book. As an educator, one might create lessons and conversation regarding the different types of hair in a classroom, how each person does their hair in a different way, and how our hair is similar in some ways. African American culture is depicted in this book.
Jordan Pierre
This is a cute little story. Again another hair story review Lol!!!!! I just gravitate to these books because they promote self worth & expression. Being yourself should be encouraged, we are who we are and nothing should come in between that. Anyway, the story is about a little black girl who is getting her hair down by her mother who brushes and pulls at her curly locks. When then see how her hair goes on a journey with her throughout the rest of the day. This is a book about not just the esse ...more
Natasha Jones
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
“I love my hair because it is thick as a forest, soft as cotton candy, and curly as a vine winding upward, reaching the sky and climbing toward outer space. (n.p.) Keyana, a young African American girl, takes us on a journey explaining why she loves her hair. Although others don't quite get it, she remains sure that her hair is beautiful. Self love and having a good self esteem is very important especially for young black girls.

The author lets those outside the black community get a through the
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