Don’t Touch My Hair!
It seems that wherever Aria goes, someone wants to touch her hair. In the street, strangers reach for her fluffy curls; and even under the sea, in the jungle and in space, she’s chased by a mermaid, monkeys and poked by aliens… until, finally, Aria has had enough!
This humorous picture book speaks to a national conversation on strangers touching black hair, and sparks an important conversation on personal boundaries for children as Aria explains that her hair should not be touched without asking for permission first. Commercial, imaginative and fun, Don’t Touch My Hair! can be used to teach young readers about personal boundaries and asking for permission – and that it’s all right to be told “no” as well.
Author-illustrator Sharee Miller takes the tradition of appreciation of black hair to a fresh, commercial level, as she doesn’t seek to convince or remind young readers that their curls are beautiful – she simply acknowledges black beauty while telling a fun, imaginative story.
"This is the perfect book for young girls, but especially girls who might not be happy with their hair because it's different from the hair that they see on others."--The Huffington Post "Sharee Miller's Don't Touch My Hair! is a right-on-time narrative showcasing the power kids--and all people--have to demand their voices be heard."--Shelf Awareness "Miller offers a joyful celebration of the diversity of Black girlhood and Black girls' hair."--The Bulletin "Aria is a character with a healthy self-image who demonstrates courage and grace in communicating with others."--Booklist "A good exploration of personal boundaries and respect in general."--BCCB * "Frank, funny, and revelatory."--Publishers Weekly, starred review Praise for Princess Hair * "After decades of white princesses' domination of American fairytales, Miller expands the vision of what princess hair can look like to black girls.... A sweet and joyful affirmation of the truth that 'NAPPY princesses are HAPPY princesses.'"--Kirkus Reviews, starred review Praise for Don't Touch My Hair An ALA Children's Notable Book * "[Sharee] Miller tells it like it is. Miller's lighthearted touch effectively delivers a serious, necessary message about respecting boundaries."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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