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I Love My Hair!

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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.

32 pages, Hardcover

First published February 1, 1998

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Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

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Profile Image for Mariah Roze.
1,020 reviews923 followers
February 6, 2017
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.
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427 reviews
December 23, 2018
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.
Profile Image for Haji.
10 reviews
May 3, 2015
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 way we plant seeds in our garden. Then wait and watch them grow." That is indeed a technique that African Americans typically use to grow our hair. Her mom was teaching her valuable lessons In taking great pride for the way we can change our hair would. I would recommend this book for ages 3-8, so it would be for the early childhood grades.
Profile Image for Lindsey.
115 reviews1 follower
November 26, 2011
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.
Profile Image for Teré Mashburn.
19 reviews
November 7, 2016
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, I can remember asking my mother for a chemical relaxer which would have made my hair straight. She said it would ruin my hair and that I should enjoy the versatility of my hair texture because without chemically treating my hair I could wear it curly, poofy, braided or straight. That made me feel special, like I had the best of both worlds. From that day forward I appreciated and love my hair.
Profile Image for Linn J.
643 reviews1 follower
January 22, 2021
En bilderbok om afro tjockt hår - eller hur man nu benämner afrikanska folkets hår - för det är vad denna bok handlar om. Att afrikanska folket - afroamerikansk/afro europé mm. - ska vara stolta över sitt tjocka hår som kan vara svårt att tämja, men som man kan kreativt forma på alla olika sätt. Det finns speciella flätor, afro frisyren som ser ut som en boll/jordklot, rakt mm. Ja allt möjligt. Man ska vara stolt och glad över det, fast det kan göra ont att kamma ut det hela...

En fin bilderbok som jag "läste" via Netflix serien - "Bookmarks".
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Profile Image for Morgan Patton.
31 reviews
February 21, 2010
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.
Profile Image for Robyn Watt.
46 reviews
July 11, 2013
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
53 reviews3 followers
July 12, 2014
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 pictures. Imagine the wonderful take home creations!
117 reviews1 follower
April 7, 2015
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.
11 reviews
January 27, 2022
Text- to -Text Connection

This was an impressive book. I love that the author expressed how hair is different. This book also reminds me of another book tilted Hair Love. Both books talked about a little Black girl getting her hair combed and how both were sometimes tender headed that means their scalp was sensitive in areas. Both books pointed out how your hair does not define you it allows you to express your personality. sometimes the girls wore beads, other times they were corn rolls. Other times they let their hair be free. I love these two books because both can teach our little brown girls to appreciate their hair and not be ashamed of it. The authors both showed all throughout the book the unique styles and how to be proud of your crown. This world need books like this so other can read and appreciate our cultures and our hair.
47 reviews
November 18, 2018
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 children because they can easily identify with the main character. A discussion about the things that they love about themselves will inspire young writers to draw and write. This book can also allow students the freedom to express why they love their hair, their eyes, their hands, and their skin. Is it because they look like the people that love them the most? This story also draws on traditions, cultural identity, and how we determine what we like about ourselves. Keyana loves her hair because her mother has taught her about her rich cultural heritage. I highly recommend this book in kindergarten classrooms to engage students in powerful conversations about what they love about themselves. These conversations will generate ideas for portrait drawing and journal writing.
Profile Image for Cara Byrne.
3,151 reviews19 followers
July 8, 2013
This is a wonderful book about a young girl finding self-empowerment and community connection through the many ways she can wear her hair. I'm particularly interested in the ways that Tarpley and Lewis connect hair to the natural world, especially in the second to last image of Keyana standing with her back against a tree at dusk, with her hair indecipherable from the the vines on the tree. A great picture book!
Profile Image for Evelyn.
9 reviews
November 7, 2017
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.)
Profile Image for SaraLaLa.
185 reviews4 followers
February 21, 2016
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.
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34 reviews
November 1, 2021
This sweet story is about a Back girl’s struggles with feeling confident and comfortable with her hair. I have seen in my classroom how challenging it can be for students that don’t have Black hair to understand what it is like to style it. I have even had some students jealous of my students with Black hair while my students with Black hair are simultaneously jealous of students with straight hair. I think if books like this, that give power and respect to Black hair, were more available as windows and mirrors for students that divide between hair would be less apparent.
This book does a great job of illustrating and bringing alive the way the girl in the story styles her hair with her mom and her different options, especially for people that will never have the experience like myself. I imagine the story is also empowering and brings beauty to Black hair because of the uplifting and positive descriptions of each style. The illustrations in this story also bring the hair styles alive as the background bleeds together the girl's hair and the landscapes. This is seen when her cornrows blend with the rows of crops in a field or her afro blends with an image of the earth in space. I would love to have more books like this available to students in my classroom!
Profile Image for Christine Valle.
21 reviews
December 2, 2018
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 only her type of hair could manage. All hair is different but all hair is good in its own ways!

A book I would connect this to is, Bippity Bop Barbershop by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley. Both books show a child's appreciation for the hair that they are born with and alternate hairstyles they enjoy showing off.

"Folks on the street look at me and smile as I dance along to the Tap! Tap! Clicky-clacky! music my hair makes just for me."
40 reviews
December 2, 2018
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.
40 reviews
September 17, 2017
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 themselves. I would maybe use it as a read aloud at the beginning of the school year and show that it is okay to be different. We would talk about how there are differences between all of us. We will list differences on the board.
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2,518 reviews27 followers
February 20, 2019
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.
5 reviews2 followers
June 12, 2019
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 discuss geography, culture, identity, environments, and freedom. In history's past, wearing an Afro was a way to stand up for what the person believed in- this books reassures a message for all children about the importance of appreciating what they look like as part of who they are.
Profile Image for Tracy.
165 reviews
February 22, 2020
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 :-)
Profile Image for Cindy.
1,842 reviews12 followers
November 7, 2020
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
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February 20, 2023
Text-to-Self Connection:
When I was younger, I hated to get my hair comb, so my mother decided to start perming my hair. For 20 years or so, I refused to wear my hair naturally because I did not appreciate or remember my natural texture. I eventually transitioned to natural hair to learn more about my hair. I now hair Locs and I love everything about them and could not imagine my life without them.
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45 reviews1 follower
April 8, 2021
Beautiful illustrations and beautifully written. We very much enjoyed this book.
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