Curls – Ruth Forman, illustrated by Geneva Bowers

  Curls – Ruth Forman, illustrated by Geneva Bowers, Little Simon, (9781534446311), 2020

Format: Boards books

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5

What did you like about the book? This is a celebration of little Black girls and all the ways they can and do wear their hair.  Colorful and vibrant full-page, double-spread illustrations contribute to the joy and exuberance of styling your hair for a school day.  Afro-style curly hair, corn rows, multiple braids and pigtail puffs result.  Just a few words on each page in large font with a clear background create a joyful appreciation of Black hair.

Anything you did not like about the book?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book? For all the little Black girls out there and their white friends.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries and day-care centers

Where would you shelve it?  Board books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  For young ones, yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Manager, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review: 2/20/2021

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