When I Wrap My Hair (Hardcover)

When I Wrap My Hair By Shauntay Grant, Jenin Mohammed (Illustrator) Cover Image

When I Wrap My Hair (Hardcover)

By Shauntay Grant, Jenin Mohammed (Illustrator)


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In the vein of I Am Enough and Hold Them Close, this inspiring and beautiful picture book celebrates how hair wrapping ties together past and present.

When I wrap,

my roots run deep.

As deep as an African marketplace

or a city sidewalk

or the stories between them.

With lyrical text by acclaimed author Shauntay Grant and vibrant illustrations by Jenin Mohammed, When I Wrap My Hair is both an act of joyful recognition and a demonstration of how knowledge is passed through generations.

Shauntay Grant is an author, poet, playwright, and multidisciplinary artist. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and is an associate professor of creative writing at Dalhousie University. A former poet laureate for the city of Halifax, her honors include a Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, a Joseph S. Stauffer Prize, and a Poet of Honour prize from the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. Learn more about her at shauntaygrant.com.

Jenin Mohammed, winner of the 2020 Summer Spectacular Illustration Grand Prize, is the illustrator of the picture books Naming Ceremony, Song in the City, Super Mom, and All the Places We Call Home. She also draws the slice-of-life comic Knot Write Now. She lives in Florida. You can find her online at jeninmohammed.com.

Product Details ISBN: 9780063093911
ISBN-10: 006309391X
Publisher: Quill Tree Books
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2024
Pages: 32
Language: English

“Artfully created.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Lyrical. This is indeed a book of Black joy.” — Booklist

“This message of positivity and cultural connection is simply written yet strikingly brought to life in images that reflect an everlasting bond to rituals. Enchanting.” — School Library Journal