Bedtime Bonnet – Nancy Redd, illustrated by Nneka Myers

     Bedtime Bonnet – Nancy Redd, illustrated by Nneka Myers, Random House, 9781984895240, 2020

Format:  Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre:  Realistic Fiction

What did you like about the book? I felt very connected to this book seeing that I go through the same nightly routine as the main character. We are introduced to a young African American girl and her entire family. We learn a lot about the importance of hair maintenance in the black culture and what the different hair styles and maintenance techniques can look like. The language is funny and light hearted as she introduces us to her mom, dad, brother, sister, grandma and grandpa. This book helped to reinforce positive images of black families that would be refreshing for all readers. She ends up finding out that her grandpa was playing a joke and was hiding her bonnet! The illustrations are beautiful representations of the different shades of skin tone found in black families. There isn’t a lot of wording on the pages which makes the book a very quick read. 

Anything you didn’t like about it? No 

To whom would you recommend this book? Children ages 6 or 7 years old 

Who should buy this book? Elementary schools 

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: : Rose Metayer, Boston Latin School, Boston MA

Date of review: April 20, 2020

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