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Chez Jolie Coiffure Delve Deeper Reading List

Children’s Fiction

Cherry, Matthew A. (author) and Harrison, Vashti (Illustrator). Hair Love. Kokila, 2019.
Zuri’s hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it’s beautiful. When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he LOVES his Zuri, and he’ll do anything to make her — and her hair — happy.
Tender and empowering, Hair Love is an ode to loving natural hair — and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere.

Méndez, Yamile Saied (Author) and Jaime Kim (Illustrator). Where Are You From? HarperCollins. 2019.
In a world full of microaggressions, Argentine-American author Méndez and South Korean-American illustrator Kim team up to offer an affirming answer for a young brown-skinned girl constantly being asked "Where are you from?" After her reply, "I'm from here, from today, same as everyone else," is contested with a "No, where are you really from?," she takes her internalized confusion to her abuelo, because "he knows everything, and like me, he looks like he doesn't belong." He tells her that she comes from the pampas, the gaucho, mountains, blue oceans, hurricanes, and dark storms. He doesn't shy away from hard truths and tells her that she comes from "this land where our ancestors built a home for all, even when they were in chains because of the color of their skin." This title is also available in Spanish: ¿De dónde eres?.

Mills, Deborah (Author), Alva, Alfredo (Contributor) and Navarro, Claudia (Contributor). La Frontera: El Viaje Con Papa / My Journey with Papa (Spanish and English Edition). Barefoot Books, 2018.
Join a young boy and his father on an arduous journey from Mexico to the United States in the 1980s to find a new life. They’ll need all the courage they can muster to safely cross the border — la frontera — and to make a home for themselves in a new land. This book is based on a true story.

Munsch, Robert (Author), Askar, Saoussan (Author), and Green, Rebecca (Illustrator). From Far Away Annick Press, 2017.
When Saoussan immigrated with her family from war-torn Lebanon, she was only seven years old. This picture book tells the story of how she had to adjust to her new home in Canada. She describes the frustration of not understanding the teacher when she started school, not knowing how to ask to go to the bathroom and being terrified of a Halloween skeleton.

Nyong'o, Lupita (Author) and Harrison, Vashti (Illustrator). Sulwe. Simon & Schuster Books, 2019. Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything.

Perry, LaTashia M. Hair Like Mine. G Publishing, 2015.
Hair Like Mine is a fun and easy read following a little girl who doesn't like that her naturally curly hair looks different from the other kids around her. On her quest to find someone with hair like hers, she soon realizes we are all unique and special in our own way.

Sanna, Francesca. The Journey Hardcover. Flying Eye Books, 2016.
“I look up to the birds that seem to be following us. They are migrating just like us. And their journey, like ours, is very long, but they don’t have to cross any borders.”
What is it like to have to leave everything behind and travel many miles to somewhere unfamiliar and strange? A mother and her two children set out on such a journey; one filled with fear of the unknown, but also great hope.