My birthday’s coming up so soon,
I’ll need new clothes to wear.
But most of all, I need to know,
How shall I style my hair?
What is the best party hair?
Title: My Hair
Author: Hannah Lee
Illustrator: Allen Fatimaharan
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Genre: Children’s, Picture Book
This book follows the main character on her quest to decide what kind of hairstyle she would like to wear for her birthday party. She thinks about the hairstyles of her family and friends but comes to the conclusion (spoiler alert!) that she likes her own, natural hair the best.
This book really gave me the warm and fuzzies. From the illustrations to the overall message, this book is such a delight to read. The message is probably my favourite thing about this story as it shows that being yourself is often the best option and that you don’t have to change yourself to fit in. I’m loving this trend at the moment of increased representation in children’s books (of all ages, not just picture books!) and this story most certainly adds to that! I love being able to recommend something like this to a child who wants to see themselves in a book and I’ll definitely be recommending this one. The illustrations are fun and colourful and really add to the lively and upbeat nature of the story.
As for what I disliked about this book, I’m not sure that there was anything. I loved everything from the message to the illustrations and think that it’s an all round fabulous story.
Overall, I’d 100% recommend this book to any little ones who want to see themselves represented in a story. It’s a lovely message about being yourself and being proud of what makes you you which I think is a fabulous one for children to learn.
Have you read this book? Have you read anything similar? What did you think? 📚