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If My Hair Had a Voice

If My Hair Had a Voice

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"If your hair had a voice, it would sing of diversity and identity. It would tell you stories of our history."

An ode to loving your hair and your culture, If My Hair Had a Voice follows a young Black girl as she grows from being disappointed in her natural hair to developing an amazed appreciation for the long history of Black hair. From blossoming floral motifs in celebration of spring to intricate braided codes for spreading revolutionary messages, she discovers that Black hair goes beyond simple adornment--it tells the story of a rich cultural history filled with diversity, resistance, artistry, and, of course, beauty. Backmatter explores the history of each hairstyle featured in the book.

Explore the story with your students using this Education Guide.


"Natural hair is used to mark and explore a connection to community and identity in this affirming, educational picture book about Afro-textured hairstyles and their history."

--Foreword Reviews, starred review

"By placing a young girl's journey to self-love alongside a journey through her ancestral history, the book carries compelling content forward and into the hands of readers."

School Library Journal

Product Info

  • Format Hardcover
  • ISBN 9781506493602
  • eBook ISBN 9781506493619
  • Age Preschool (3-5 years); Early Grades (5-8 years)
  • Dimensions 10.25 x 10.25
  • Pages 40
  • Publication Date May 28, 2024