In this blog post, Lee & Low summer interns Dylan and Kiana Low discuss the power of natural hair and what is important to consider when parents and educators use books like Magic Like That to teach about the versatility of natural hair and Black hairstyles.
Throughout history, afro-textured hair has been a source of pride, culture, and even survival.
A few years ago, conversations surrounding the importance of joyful books that feature Black characters finally started to pick up steam. Though BIPOC readers, specifically Black readers, have noticed the lack of joyful diverse books for some time, publishing is finally getting to a place of recognition that Black characters are more than just oppression and a teaching moment for outside readers. BIPOC are just like everyone else with varied lived experiences that aren’t always rooted in pain. In this guest blog post, we hear from author Kelly J. Baptist and illustrator Darnell Johnson to discuss the importance of Black joy in children’s books and how that translated into their newest title The Electric Slide and Kai.