I have naturally curly hair that ranges from Type 2C (wavy/loose curls) to something a little curlier than Type 3B (springy ringlets) depending on which part of my head you’re looking at, how recently I’ve washed and moistured it, how humid or dry the air is, and a million other factors that anyone who knows curly hair no doubt is already well aware of.
When I was a kid, I’d always get so excited to see a curly-haired person included on a book cover or described in a story.
Sometimes that was the deciding factor in whether I read a book!
I grew up in a community that was so homogenous that even minor differences in human appearance like this were hard to find.
And I’m saying that as someone who is Caucasian. I’m sure the small number of classmates I had who were from other racial backgrounds yearned for representation of people who looked like them even more than I did.
While there’s still plenty of work to do in this area, I’m glad publishers are doing a better job these days of representing characters from a wider range of backgrounds.
This week I’m going to be sharing ten wonderful book covers featuring people who have curly hair.
1. The Stolen One by Suzanne Crowley
2. Baby Girl by Lenora Adams
3. Nobody’s Prize (Nobody’s Princess, #2) by Esther M. Friesner
4. The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
5. Liar by Justine
6. Ten Cents a Dance by Christine Fletcher
7. Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
8. The Freemason’s Daughter by Shelley Sackier
9. Blue Flame (Perfect Fire Trilogy, #1) by K.M. Grant
10. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo