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We were so excited about supporting his autonomy and agency over his hair. We saw this as an opportunity to celebrate our son making "big boy" decisions.
CONCORD, CA, March 11, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Hey Carter! Books continues to spread diversity and representation with their best selling children's book series. We typically see literature showcasing different hairstyles for Black girls but, this time around Dr. Thomishia Booker is celebrating the hairstyles commonly associated with Black boys. Hey Carter! Books was built on the foundation of Black and Brown children having the opportunity to connect with literature that is a representation of themselves.
Fros, Braids, Fades & Waves is a rhyming ode to the many ways young boys can style their hair. The vibrant illustrations by Starvos Pierce make the words jump off the page and allow Black boys to see themselves clearly. It doesn't matter what hairstyle a young boy in your life is currently wearing, this book will build his self esteem positively in a major way. Inspired by her son's hair journey, Dr. Booker wants to instill the same confidence in boys all over the world.
"My son wore his hair in a fro up until he was five years old. He had long hair and a head full of curls. I will never forget the day he asked his father and I to cut his hair. When we told others we were met with unsolicited feedback and fear based projections. "What about his curls?" "He won't be a little boy anymore?" "Are you sure you want to do that?" We were so excited about supporting his autonomy and agency over his hair. We saw this as an opportunity to celebrate our son making "big boy" decisions. We spent a few weeks showing him all of his options. We showed him every style we could find and allowed him to choose the hairstyle he would feel most confident in. It was a big decision to make for a 5-year-old but we could tell it was important to him. His final choice was a mohawk with a fade and the smile he had on his face when he turned around in the barber chair said it all. He felt confident," stated Dr. Booker.
As today, is National Hair Cut Day, Hey Carter! Books saw it fitting to officially launch the new title in recognition of this day. For more information about Hey Carter! Books and to purchase Fros, Braids, Fades & Waves, visit www.heycarterbooks.com. For media inquiries, please email Valese Jones at [email protected]
About Hey Carter! Books
Hey Carter! Books (HCB) was founded in 2016 and is a Black-owned publishing company by Dr. Thomishia Booker. Thomishia is a wife, mother, and licensed therapist. Earning a Masters in Social Work and Doctorate in Education Counseling Psychology, she spent the early part of her career working in Early Childhood Mental Health. Her background serves as a foundation for writing books focused on building self-confidence and pride amongst children of color. HCB curates books, products, and experiences that ensure Black children, specifically boys are reflected positively. The company increases representation for Black boys and focuses on building children's self confidence and pride. The Hey Carter! Children's Book Series is filled with affirmations to support parents and guardians in speaking life into your child as you read to them. Each book is written in rhyme to support early reading development.
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