This New Children’s Book Encourages Black Girls To Celebrate Their Natural Hair

Anita Grant, author of the Hello Hair children’s book. ANITA GRANT

Last month, the H.R. 2116, also known as the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act (Crown Act) was passed in the US House of Representatives (HR 2116). The Crown Act protects schoolchildren and job applicants against racial hair discrimination. Starting at five years old, Black children are often victims of

In 2022, a new study was conducted to learn more about Black and biracial girls’ experiences with their hair. According to the research, 54% of 12-year-olds had been subjected to hair-related taunting. Texturism, or the bias against kinkier and coarser hair textures, is a serious problem in the natural hair community. Furthermore, many people are still being subjected to race-based hair prejudice today.

Developing methods to introduce Black children, particularly young Black girls, to literacy is critical. As a result of this need, Anita Grant decided to write a children’s book called Hello Hair as a means of expressing and celebrating black hair. Grant sat down with us to discuss her new book why she felt it was necessary, what drove her to do so, and how she pours into her daughter on a daily basis.

Beautiful black girl with big earrings