Written by D. Lovelitt (2018)
Illustrated by Yasu Matsuoka
Amina Arnae and Her Poofy Hair is the debut book in The Adventures of Amina Arnae series, written by D. Lovelitt.
Wonderfully illustrated, in this book, we meet a beautiful, chocolate skinned girl with big poofy hair. The pictures in the story are bright, beautiful, and captivating.
A couple of encounters with nature and children from school cause Amina to not be too confident about her poofy hair. Feeling sad and discouraged, she comes up with a number of solutions to solve her problem. In the end, she doesn’t change her the texture or shape of her hair, but learns how to take proper care of it and sees herself as beautiful. Amina Arnae and her poofy hair is an inspiring and empowering story. In this book, girls of color are taught to love themselves as they are as well as how to take care of themselves. Subtly in the illustrations are sulfate free shampoos, silicone free conditioners, leave in conditioners, shea butter moisturizers. The story also cover other topics outside of beauty and self-esteem, but recognize youth challenges such as childhood teasing, overcoming fears, friendship and the importance of active, caring, and nurturing family members.
The story begins with a note to parents to help in increasing their children’s self-esteem and ends with a detailed hair routine for children with thick, natural, curly hair. It was a pleasure to read this book and I recommend to parents and teachers of children age 2 to 6.