Happy to Be Nappy

Happy to Be Nappy

Board Book - 2017
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Happy to be nappy!
Happy with hair all short and strong.
Happy with locks that twist and curl.
Just all girl happy!
Happy to be nappy hair!

Legendary author bell hooks and Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka present a lyrical celebration, brimming with enthusiasm for girls and their hair. Nominated for an NAACP Image Award, this stunning picturebook is now available again in board book form. Praise for Happy to Be Nappy: Image Award nomination, 2001
-National Association for the Advancement of Colored People *"A powerful, uplifting and, above all, buoyantly fun read-aloud."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review

"[Happy to Be Nappy] has a free-wheeling joy that is admirably captured by illustrator Raschka."
-Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

"The big daubs of background color seem to dance and spin with the figures, visual music to match the verbal."
-Kirkus Reviews

"[Chris Raschka's] illustrations bring out the spirit behind hooks's writing and have great child appeal."
-School Library Journal

"[S]tellar illustrations."
-The Horn Book

"[A]dults and small children will enjoy sharing the joyful words and the playful color wash pictures with thick black lines."
-Booklist
Publisher: New York : Disney, Jump at the Sun, 2017.
Edition: Second board book edition.
Copyright Date: ©1999.
ISBN: 9781484788417
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,colour illustrations ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Raschka, Christopher - Illustrator

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PimaLib_TeneciaP Oct 19, 2017

As a Black female who has struggled to have a positive, loving relationship with my hair, I have not always been "happy to be nappy". This book was lots of fun to read, not only by myself, but also with others. The illustrations are beautiful, bold, and joyful. I smile thinking of the gift Bell Hooks has given us with this book. The gift and reminder that our hair is our crown and we should be "just all girl happy"!

JCLBeckyC Nov 14, 2015

This beautifully illustrated celebration of nappy-headed girls is just begging to be read aloud to a group. It also makes a great cuddle/laptime book for younger kids, although the cursive writing makes it difficult for some kids to read on their own. If you're planning a diversity themed program, this book, along with the DVD "Happy to Be Nappy and Other Stories of Me" make great selections.

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