Three years ago, after reading about a white teacher who was nearly fired for reading this books to students in her class, I personally bought six copies to be used in my classroom. I told my students why I had purchased the books and why I had brought them to our classroom. The students were quite surprised that a teacher could be almost "fired" for reading this book to students. In my school, neither the students, the principal, the parents, nor I had a problem with this wonderful book ... at least I am not aware of a single complaint/problem in reference to my using this book, Nappy Hair, in the classroom.)
For months, I read Nappy Hair at least once a week to the class. The students were encouraged to interact with the poetic flow of the text. We had great discussions about why this book was considered by some to be controversial. Students wrote expository/persuasive paragraphs defending the book and telling why they liked/loved the story. By the end of the year, each student had personally read Nappy Hair at least twice ... a class of more than 32 students. Also, by the end of the year I had given, as gifts, six or seven copies of Nappy Hair to students who just loved the book ... Nappy Hair.
I now, each year, purchase copies of Nappy Hair for the enjoyment of my students. Each year I give more gifts of this delighful, soulful, and self-empowering book to many children. I will continue to do so! I am joyous that this book, this little masterpiece, work of art ... Nappy Hair, is available to us.
Thanks to the author, Carolivia Herron and thanks to the illustrator, Joe Cepeda. Thanks******
~~Read Nappy Hair and give freedom to your joyous spirit!~~