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Children's Nonfiction African American

My Hair is Beautiful

by (author) Shauntay Grant

Nimbus Publishing
Initial publish date
Oct 2019
African American, Girls & Women, Body
  • Board book

    Publish Date
    Oct 2019
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2020
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0 to 3
  • Grade: p


Natural, knotty, fluffy, frizzy, twisted, tangled, pony, puffed!

A celebration of natural hair, from afros to cornrows and everything in between, My Hair is Beautiful is a joyful board book with a powerful message of self-love.

Governor General's Award-nominated author Shauntay Grant brings her unique spoken-word style to this fun read-aloud, featuring minimalist text and vibrant photos of toddlers sporting fresh dos, and a mirror to reflect your own baby's beauty.

About the author

Shauntay Grant is a Canadian playwright, poet, performance artist, and children's author. She is an associate professor of creative writing at Dalhousie University, and former poet laureate for the City of Halifax. Her work examines African Nova Scotian and African diasporic history and folk culture, as well as contemporary approaches to literature and performance. Grant’s other honours include a Joseph S. Stauffer Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts, a Robert Merritt Award from Theatre Nova Scotia, a Best Atlantic Published Book Prize from the Atlantic Book Awards, a Poet of Honour prize from the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, and a Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award from the Canadian Children's Book Centre for Africville (Groundwood Books).

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Editorial Reviews

Gorgeous. The best-looking board book of the year, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Grant shows off a wide array of babies and toddlers and their magnificent hair. "Natural Knotty", "Fluffy Frizzy", "Twisted Tangled", "Pony Puffed", you name it, it's here. And, of course, there's a mirror in the back for "you". Buy 100 of these. It will never be enough. - School Library Journal, Best of 2020 Board Books, Betsy Bird

Best of 2020 Board Books, Betsy Bird

"This country's children's literature still does not seem to adequately reflect the diversity in Canadian society, hence this book is a valuable addition to the body of works meant for the youngest children. It confirms the cruciality of minority children seeing themselves in stories. A book for all children's library collections." — Canadian Review of Materials (Winnipeg, MB)
CBC Books listed My Hair is Beautiful in their "11 Canadian books for kids and young adults to check out during Black History Month".

Best Board Books of 2020 selection,

"My Hair is Beautiful celebrates children with all manner of skin tones and hair types, while also carrying an empowering message for families and children of colour, for whom wearing hair is both culturally significant and vital to form a positive sense of self."
Quill & Quire (Toronto, ON)

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