Book Reviews

Book Review: Bedtime Bonnet by Nancy Amanda Reed, Illustrated by Nneka Myers

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Genre: Picture Book
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: This joyous and loving celebration of family is the first-ever picture book to highlight Black nighttime hair traditions–and is perfect for every little girl who knows what it’s like to lose her bonnet just before bedtime.

In my family, when the sun goes down, our hair goes up!
My brother slips a durag over his locs.
Sis swirls her hair in a wrap around her head.
Daddy covers his black waves with a cap.
Mama gathers her corkscrew curls in a scarf.
I always wear a bonnet over my braids, but tonight I can’t find it anywhere!

Bedtime Bonnet gives readers a heartwarming peek into quintessential Black nighttime hair traditions and celebrates the love between all the members of this close-knit, multi-generational family.


My Review: “In my family, when the sun goes down, our hair goes up!”

Bedtime Bonnet is a great story that I 100% connected to! I loved the details and how the book shows the reader different ways Black hair is not only styled but maintained at night. It’s an integral part of the nighttime routine. I loved the style of the illustration that swept across the pages in various pleasing colors. I also liked how close the family is and how much the main character loves doing this routine with her family.I wish I had this delightful book when I was little. Bedtime Bonnet is a captivating must-have-must-read!