Nappy Hair (1997) by Carolivia Herron, illustrated by Joe Cepeda.
The call and response in this book is infectious. Uncle Mordecai sings the praises of little Brenda’s curly, twisty, willful, nappy hair at their backyard picnic. Joe Cepeda’s illustrations bring Brenda and her hair to life, bouncing and swirling right off the page.
Brenda, you sure do got some nappy hair on your head, don’t you?
It’s your hair, Brenda, take the cake,
And come back and get the plate.
Don’t cha know.
It ain’t easy to come by that kind of hair.
No, it ain’t.
You just can’t blame Africa. It’s willful.
That’s what it is.