Book Review Corner: Hair Love
August Book Review by Leslie Jarrett
by Matthew A. Cherry
Hair Love, is an illustrated children’s book and New York Times bestseller that came out in 2019. The story is about a young girl named Zuri who wakes up one morning and knows she needs an exceptional hairstyle for a special day. She goes to her Dad for help and after trial and error he manages to pull off a beautiful hairstyle that makes them both feel proud. This story emphasizes the sweet relationship of a Daddy and daughter while sharing many beautiful hairstyles of natural African American hair. It quickly has become a favorite book in our house and is often requested by our 5-year-old daughter.
Following the release of the book, the author went on to produce a short film that in 2020 won the Academy Award for best animated short film. You can find the short film on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNw8V_Fkw28