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Bedtime Bonnet

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  788 ratings  ·  175 reviews
This joyous and loving celebration of family is the first-ever picture book to highlight Black nighttime hair traditions--and is perfect for every little girl who knows what it's like to lose her bonnet just before bedtime.

In my family, when the sun goes down, our hair goes up!
My brother slips a durag over his locs.
Sis swirls her hair in a wrap around her head.
Daddy co
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Dave Schaafsma
Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books. Bedtime Bonnet by Nancy Redd and illustrated by Nneka Myers, is book #4 (of 20) of 2020. Another African-American hair book (such as Hair Love by Matthew Cherry and illustrated by Vashti Harison) or Nappy Hair by Carolivia Herron.

Hank (14): 4 stars. I like the cross-eyed dog. And I like the story.

Harry (15): 3.5 or 4. It’s another hair book like Hair Love that we read last year, but it’s a better hair book because it’s a
Christina Carter
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the books on my #MustReadin2020 list and I added it because 1) I've never read a book, picture book or otherwise, that talks about the significance of the hair bonnet 2) because Nneka Myers's cover art captured my attention with the big curls and sweet bedtime kisses from mommy. This is the first time I have experienced her art. Her work in this book was refreshingly beautiful, fun, and endearing.

Until I had my own children and started to learn how to take care of their hair, I
Dee Dee G
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This reminded me of growing up doing my air at night and then putting a scarf on. Good memories.
Rod Brown
Annual Goodreads Choice Awards reading project: Read all the Picture Book nominees! (6 of 15)

A heartwarming look at a day in the life of an African American family's hair. Perfect for anyone who enjoyed Hair Love last year.
What a lovely addition to the bedtime routine genre! This is a story about a family’s hair routine at bedtime. Each family member has their own special way of preparing their hair for sleep. But there’s one problem—the youngest daughter can’t find her bedtime bonnet! She can’t go to sleep without it! So she asks each member of her family in turn if they’ve seen her bedtime bonnet. It turns out Grandpa was wearing it for a joke. Oh, Grandpa!

It felt so comforting for me to spend time with this fam
BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
What I Loved:
I loved the family in this story. They were playful and fun, and they obviously loved each other. It was a beautiful representation of a family and their bedtime routine, and my daughter and I loved it!

How I Felt:
The characters were so fun and vibrant in Bedtime Bonnet. The grandfather is playful, the mother is kind, and the entire family gives off such a loving vibe. I just enjoyed reading a story about characters that were so clearly bonded together.

The illustrations were beautifu
So much this! One of my favorites in a year full of hair love :)
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-childrens
Incredibly cute and accurate based on black hair care. Great book to teach black children how diverse their hair can be and that taking care of it is a part of self love.
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Bedtime Bonnet by Nancy Redd, illustrated by Nneka Myers PICTURE BOOK Penguin Random House, 2020 $18 9781984895240



"When the sun goes down, our hair goes up!" Part of this family's bedtime ritual is preparing their hair for the night. Everyone combs or brushes or smooths or braids or curls (except Grandpa because he doesn't have hair on his head), and then they protect their hair with a durag or a wrap or a cap or a scarf, but the li
Panda Incognito
This playful, fun picture book explores a Black family's varying bedtime hair care routines. I have never seen anything quite like this, and enjoyed it very much. From my perspective, it was educational, and for a Black reader, it represents a familiar part of life that rarely receives any representation or acknowledgement. I would recommend this to families and classrooms, and it could also be fun for a library storytime that focuses on families or everyday routines. ...more
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful look at an African-American hair tradition common with many black individuals. We learned about the bedtime bonnet when we adopted our 2 youngest children who are African-American but had never heard of the bedtime bonnet before that time. I love the fun nature of this book and family and the opportunity to introduce a new tradition that may be foreign to other cultures.
Jillian Heise
Will pair well with Hair Love, Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, & Don't Touch My Hair! ...more
Aug 08, 2020 added it
Shelves: 2020, picture-books
A charming book, illustrated with vibrant expressions that convey the warmth of the family.

I guess I'm a bit spoiled by picture book biographies, because I was really hoping for back matter that would summarize the different types of hair coverings and the reasons for using them, or at least give a list of resources for further exploration. This was one of my first introductions to female black haircare (I'd come across some male black haircare videos on YouTube), and now I'm really curious and
A black family prepares for bed, each taking the time to perform their nighttime hair care routines as part of their bedtime rituals. Each family member has their own routine, based on their own unique style, and we see them through the viewpoint of the youngest member of the family. But what will she do when she’s unable to get ready for bed, after her bonnet goes missing?

I thought this was really cute. I love this illustration style, which was very bright and cheerful - the girl and h
When the sun goes down, our hair goes up!

Bedtime Bonnet follows the nighttime hair routines of a Black family. Grandma wears rollers, dad a wave cap, mom a scarf, sis a wrap, brother a durag, and the youngest wears a bonnet. Nancy Redd was inspired to write this book, "by the lack of resources [she] encountered when she introduced a bonnet to her daughter's nighttime routine," according to the About the Author. Depictions of non-white hair care is sadly lacking in our media, and Bedtime Bonn
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gr-choice-award
Hopefully I'm not misremembering and misattributing this quote, but I thought it was sad when in Ijeoma Oluo's book she points out that she knows everything there is to know about taking care of white girls' hair due to its representation in media, but white girls know nothing about taking care of black girls' hair. I found this to be a true statement for myself so I'm glad that hair diversity has been making its way into children's literature. This is a cute and funny story normalizing black ha ...more
Patricia N. McLaughlin
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Finally, a realistic, well-told bedtime story about Black hair and the cultural tradition of head-coverings that features a middle-class African-American extended family, beginning as their “hair goes up” at night. Well-crafted illustrations culminate in the humorous discovery of the youngest girl’s purloined bonnet witnessed by the family in their various coverings—durag, wrap, wave cap, and kerchief—followed by depictions of a variety of Black hairstyles “when the hair comes down” in the morni ...more
Deana Metzke
This book is a fun way to introduce the different nighttime routines Black people have for their hair care, both male and female, and not just the bedtime bonnet. The illustrations are vibrant and definitely add to the beauty of the story. I can only imagine the excitement on a young child's face when they see their bedtime routine on the pages of a book! ...more
A sweet story from the perspective of a little girl about how each member of her family cares for their hair hair at night, including sleeping in a bonnet or other hair covering, for a beautiful morning look.
This is so cute and so important! I love how each family member has a different ritual for their hair, especially because when representation like this is shown, sometimes it's only one type and not different experiences. ...more
The Library Lady
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The jacket flap says "Celebrate Black culture and traditions in this loving delightful ode to Black hair," but what sells it to me is that it is a warm, loving story about a family. That's what will get it read and re-read. ...more
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully drawn book showing the different hair textures and routines of a Black family. I definitely wished I had this book when I was younger just to know the importance of head scarves and bonnets.
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Cute, but Grandpa is kind of an asshole.
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was lovely. I should take better care of my dreads.
Blanco Meyers
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
A nice book with the bedtime hair routines of a family of color. Each family member has a slightly different ritual - except funny grandpa, because he's bald!
I enjoyed the loving and humorous interactions between family members.
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! One of my favorite black children's books at the moment. Great illustrations and sweet story. Walks you through family's bedtime and morning hair routines. ...more
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A cute little story about the different ways we as black people take care of our hair at night and adorable illustrations. It made me smile.
Just a Girl Fighting Censorship
Pretty cute. A nice book to use to introduce hair care to a young child. Art style was smooth and cheery.

Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Picture Books (2020)
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous illustrations. Delightful story. Perfect holiday gift for very young children.
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