Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 0 to 3
- Grade: p to 12
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 covers his black waves with a cap.
Mama gathers her corkscrew curls in a scarf.
I always wear a bonnet over my braids, but tonight I can't find it anywhere!
Bedtime Bonnet gives readers a heartwarming peek into quintessential Black nighttime hair traditions and celebrates the love between all the members of this close-knit, multi-generational family.
Perfect for readers of Hair Love and Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut!
About the authors
NNEKA MYERS is an illustrator and a character designer for TV animation based in Toronto. A graduate of Sheridan College’s animation program, she has illustrated Bedtime Bonnet; Who Did It First? 50 Politicians, Activists, and Entrepreneurs Who Revolutionized the World; and I Am Smart, I Am Blessed, I Can Do Anything!
- Nominated, Georgia Children's Book Award
A Black Caucus of the American Library Association Top 5 Best of the Best Book of 2020.
“Bedtime Bonnet allows Black children to see their reality reflected in their entertainment.” —Essence
"Redd’s family represents a range of varying hair textures and care routines, while Myers’s vibrant illustrations bring the close-knit crew and their daily rituals to affectionate life." —Publishers Weekly
"A celebration of black hair, family, and culture.... This brightly hued picture book with loads of charm will entertain and empower readers." —Kirkus Reviews
“Ideal for readers searching for stories about natural hair. It is a wonderful window and mirror that lends itself well to lessons on self-concept, bedtime routines, and learning about differences.” —Booklist