Don't Touch My Hair!

Don't Touch My Hair!

Picture Book - 2018
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Aria loves her soft and bouncy hair, but must go to extremes to avoid people who touch it without permission until, finally, she speaks up. Includes author's note.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ♭2018
ISBN: 9780316562584
Branch Call Number: J PICTURE MILLER
Characteristics: 34 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Alternative Title: Do not touch my hair!


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Don’t Touch My Hair By Sharee Miller     Call #: J PICTURE MILLER Don’t Touch My Hair is an entertaining picture book that teaches the importance of asking for permission first as a young girl attempts to escape the curious hands that want to touch her hair. Sharee Miller takes the tradition of appreciation of black hair to a new, fresh, level as she doesn't seek to convince or remind young… (more)

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Mar 21, 2019

People are attracted to and curious about Aria’s hair, which leads to hands reaching out to touch her hair without permission. The culprits come in all shapes and sizes, and as Aria flees, the human culprits are joined by a mermaid, octopus, monkeys, a dragon (“Girl, your hair is FIERCE!”) & a space alien. The only place where no one wants to touch her hair is a deserted island…where she gets lonely.
Whimsy and humor still allows for that necessary edge of discomfort, that the characters are so apparent in their desire to touch her hair without permission, reaching out a hand when her posture says no. And she shouldn’t have to go through her day avoiding hands, hiding her hair, or answering questions about her hair.

Miller and Aria call a halt to the nonsense—and we’re all grateful, empathizing with Aria. Aria declares her boundaries to the onlookers who look appropriately contrite and embarrassed. Miller then moves to model how healthy interactions look.

Miller offers an engaging energy in her color palette and expressively drawn heroine. Her message is also engaging in that it is encouraging and empowering—and important.

Feb 09, 2019

Wonderful book about personal boundaries. Humorous, bright, and fun illustrations. My six-year-old and I loved it.

IndyPL_JosephL Dec 13, 2018

A thorough lesson on why you should respect people's autonomy and personal space. As more and more people keep trying to touch the narrator's hair without permission, her frustration and anger is both clear and reasonable. A fantastic book for teaching kids to be empathetic and respectful!

PimaLib_TeneciaP Dec 06, 2018

As Black women, we often experience non-Blacks wanting to touch our hair. Whether it's an interest in the texture or the style, it can often feel like you are on display. This can make you feel uncomfortable and/or disrespected.

Personal boundaries are a difficult topic to navigate and this book helps with tackling this particular topic in a light-hearted but serious way. Aria learns that she can set boundaries and tell people (and animals!) in a firm yet polite way that she does not want them to touch her hair. It's also helpful in teaching us that we need to ask one's permission first and be comfortable hearing "no" if that is the answer given.


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Dec 20, 2018

klompen1 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 8


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