This year I shared a small moment story with young writers about a time when … things went awry with my hair. It surprised me that in classroom after classroom students connected to my story and had their own stories about hair. Funny stories, sad stories, surprising stories, and touching stories – stories that connected us. Many of these friends found books in the classroom library that were also hair stories. These young writers were accustomed to using mentor texts so searching for books was just part of their process. I immediately noticed that the majority of the texts they found featured white characters and white hair. This sent me in search of quality texts to diversify the inventory and disrupt the texts most of us have in our classroom libraries.
These ten picture books celebrate and diversify stories of hair!
For more texts to help you create a more inclusive, representative, and equitable inventory of stories about hair, check out this Pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/clarelandriganliteracy/pb10for10-texts-to-celebrate-and-diversify-hair/ Please add titles in the comments so I can continue to update this resource.
A big thank you to Cathy Mere and Mandy Robek for hosting this event. Each year I love spending time celebrating the different ways people thing about organizing texts AND spending more money than I should!