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Hair Love

(10 customer reviews)

$17.99

by Matthew A. Cherry

Synopsis

“I love that Hair Love is highlighting the relationship between a Black father and daughter. Matthew leads the ranks of new creatives who are telling unique stories of the Black experience. We need this.”
– Jordan Peele, Actor & Filmmaker

It’s up to Daddy to give his daughter an extra-special hairstyle in this ode to self-confidence and the love between fathers and daughters, from Academy-Award, winning director and former NFL wide receiver Matthew A. Cherry and New York Times bestselling illustrator Vashti Harrison.

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 your natural hair — and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere.

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“I love that Hair Love is highlighting the relationship between a Black father and daughter. Matthew leads the ranks of new creatives who are telling unique stories of the Black experience. We need this.”
– Jordan Peele, Actor & Filmmaker
It’s up to Daddy to give his daughter an extra-special hairstyle in this ode to self-confidence and the love between fathers and daughters, from Academy-Award, winning director and former NFL wide receiver Matthew A. Cherry and New York Times bestselling illustrator Vashti Harrison.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 your natural hair — and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere.


  • Penguin Young Readers Group; May 2019
  • ISBN: 9780525553489
  • Title: Hair Love
  • Author: Matthew A. Cherry; Vashti Harrison (ill.)
  • Imprint: Kokila
  • Language: English

In The Press

PRAISE FOR HAIR LOVE

2020 Rise: A Feminist Book Project – Top Ten List
NAACP Image Award Nominee
Irma Black Award Nominee

“[A]n important moment for representation and encouraging positive paternal moments.” – Refinery29

Hair Love is a dedication to black and brown boys and girls everywhere to learn to love their natural hair.” – Blavity

“We’re always here for a father and daughter beauty adventure…” – Essence.com

“Seeing such a positive representation of black men and their daughters is such a breath of fresh air…The world definitely needs more of this.” – TeenVogue.com

“A wonderful slice-of-life tale about family support, black hair, and embracing individuality.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“This delightful debut encourages self-affirmation and celebrates a loving, respectful relationship between a nurturing father and his cool, confident daughter.” – Shelf Awareness starred review

“This authentic depiction of a loving and whole black family broadens the scope of representation.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Unforgettable.” —Booklist

“A big-hearted ode to individuality and father-daughter collaboration.” —Publishers Weekly

 


About The Author

Chicago native Matthew A. Cherry is a former NFL wide receiver turned filmmaker who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers, and the Baltimore Ravens. In 2007 he retired and moved to LA to pursue a career in entertainment. Now, he directs music videos and short films, including “Hair Love,” the animated short film on which this book is based. Matthew was named to Paste Magazine‘s list of Directors to Watch in 2016.

Vashti Harrison is the author-illustrator of the New York Times bestselling picture book Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, which is also an NAACP Image Award winner. She earned her BA from the University of Virginia with a double major in Media Studies and Studio Art and received her MFA in Film and Video from CalArts where she snuck into Animation classes to learn from Disney and Dreamworks legends. There she rekindled a love for drawing and painting. Now, utilizing both skill sets, she is passionate about crafting beautiful stories in both the film and picture book worlds.

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Hardcover

10 reviews for Hair Love

  1. SunshineJ

    I read this charming, delightful book to my second-grade class today. Some of their comments:“I liked when the girl’s dad was messing up.”“It was funny when he put the hat on her.” (This was almost everyone’s favorite scene.)“I like that the dad is trying.”When I turned to the page where Zuri is a superhero, one of my girls grabbed her own two puffs and gasped, wide-eyed, “I have that!”Afterwards our class had a nice discussion about families and love and, yes, hair. I’ve already had a request to read it again; I most certainly will.

  2. Hope-Librarian

    You’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover…but I knew when I saw the cover of this book that I was going to like it. I did. Young Zuri has gotten used to her hair’s quirks, such as when it rains and it “has a mind of its own.” But, she has a loving relationship with her dad and he’s willing to experiment and try to style it. The book is filled with gentle humor; it’s hard not to smile as Zuri makes fun of herself and her hair and her interactions with her dad. There comes a special day when she desperately wants a special hair style. Her dad valiantly tries a number of styles, but finally they are both satisfied. It turns out this was the day her mom came home and the three share a hug. Illustrator Vashti is quite talented. Her pictures are friendly and almost tell the story by themselves. Kids will be able to “read” this to grown-ups after the first reading. We see Zuri’s dad sweating as he tries to get her hair right, and Zuri’s large, expressive eyes and smile convey warmth. This book has a feel-good ending and maybe shows the rest of us that people, like hair, can be appreciated for their quirks because that makes them special.

  3. Nursemomof4

    I love this book! My little one does too! Beautiful story of love.

  4. Tarrence Simmons

    This book is so perfect. My daughter couldn’t wait to read this with her daddy. It’s not always easy finding books about a dad and his daughter spending the day together so my husband was very pleased. My daughter especially liked that the girl looked like her and even pointed to her own hair because one of the styles was like hers. She was so happy and kept saying beautiful hair (my daughter is 2). This book is great for kids of all ages. My friend’s daughters enjoy this book between ages 2-12 years old. Representation matters and I’m glad it was captured in this book. I look forward to more children’s books by the author!

  5. LaShana

    I watched the short film for this book twice, and both times, I was brought to tears. I saw that the film was based on this book, then watched a read-aloud of the book, and again was flooded with emotions. My daughter is a daddy’s girl, and I love the relationship she and my husband have. I see so much of them in these characters, even the gap in her teeth. My daughter is 2 and her hair started to grow and thicken only recently. I love styling it! Heaven forbid something happens to me while our children are still young and my husband is left to do our baby girl’s hair. This would be their daily struggle, but I know that for her, he’ll do whatever to overcome. So excited to add this book to our home library.

  6. JLarson

    My hair is fine and flat. But it is part of me. Accepting you as you and having parents that do so is wonderful. Having Daddy help you be who you want to be that day is Love. Worth the price for the hugs from this book.

  7. M. Wesh

    This book is so sweet! I purchased it as a Father’s Day gift for my husband, from our toddler. He does her hair, and this looked like an awesome reflection of that special relationship. I’m so glad I made the decision to add this book to our library, as loving one’s natural hair is a revolutionary act for young black girls these days.

  8. NM

    Heartwarming and charming story, and beautiful illustrations. I liked that it portrayed the daughter recognizing how much her father does, and also is so clear about her own autonomy.

  9. Tjones

    We love this book and it has become one of my daughter’s new favorite books. My husband and her read and it and laugh and are reminded of the times when he tries to do her hair. Great book!!

  10. Rai McManus

    My youngest daughter loved this book! She has a head full of hair that looks hard to comb but is so soft and extremely long when oiled and straighten! I highly recommend this book

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