Book Review Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

The book Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes and illustrated by Gordon C. James kept being talked about in various online groups I am part of, so when I saw it at our local library, I had to grab it. The following post contains an affiliate link to the book. When a purchase is made using an affiliate link, we may get a small commission at no additional cost to you. This helps us keep the blog running! I am not being paid for my opinion nor was I asked by the author or publisher to give it.


This book is all around amazing. It is about a trip to the barber shop and one boys feelings related to getting this hair cut. At first, its easy to wonder how a book about a haircut could have earned so many awards. However, after reading it, you will see that it isn’t really about haircut a hair cut at all. It is a book full of Black boy joy and cultural importance. It is a book encouraging self esteem. This book is full of positive energy and beautiful illustrations. In my opinion, this book should be available in every library, elementary school classroom and home! While the book features a little boy, little girls will also enjoy the beautiful words and illustrations. My toddler sat captivated by every word as I read the entire book.

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