Cool Cuts
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Annotation: An illustrated celebration of African-American boys' hairstyles.
Catalog Number: #195331
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-9848955-7-5 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-6311-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-9848955-7-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-6311-0
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2020934562
Dimensions: 19 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
In this affirming book, written with Black boys as its main audience, Roe offers positive images of Black boys sporting different hairstyles that extend beyond afros and fade haircuts. Some of the styles include high-tops, cornrows, 'fro-hawks, mini-twists, low waves, and hair designs. Readers of this work will relate to the book's positive language, such as the way the author frames self-esteem's connection to pride in hairstyles and looking and feeling awesome. If you are a teacher, librarian, or parent looking for a resource that is not only informative but friendly about the various hairstyles of Black boys, this is a perfect way to introduce the topic. The bright, digital artwork reflects a variety of skin tones and clothing styles in addition to cool cuts, and the brief accompanying text for each entry always includes the refrain, "i am born to be AWESOME!" A natural pairing for Derrick Barnes' Crown (2017), this picture book is recommended for family reading and classroom units related to cultural norms, self-esteem, and differences outside of skin color.
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ALA Booklist (12/1/19)
Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-2
Lexile: AD350L

Mechal Renee Roe, illustrator of Vice President Kamala Harris's Super Heroes Are Everywhere, creates a joyful, positive, read-together book celebrating boys with natural black hair that will have kids everywhere chanting: "I am born to be awesome!"

When the stars shine, the world is mine! I am born to be awesome! My hair is free, just like me! I am born to be awesome!

Boys will love seeing strong, happy reflections of themselves in this vibrant, rhythmic book full of hip Black hairstyles. From a 'fro-hawk to mini-twists and crisp cornrows, adorable illustrations of boys with cool curls, waves, and afros grace each page, accompanied by a positive message that will make kids cheer. It's a great read-aloud to promote positive self-esteem to boys of all ages, building and growing the foundation of self-love (and hair love!) and letting every boy know that "You are born to be awesome!"

Look for all the books in the Happy Hair series:

Happy Hairan inspiring and positive book about girls with natural black hair

I Love Being Me! (Step Into Reading)
—a level one reader about joy and self-esteem, for kids learning how to read

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