The cover image of Mira's Curly Hair with Mira riding her bicycle under a cloud of her mama's curly hair filled with singing birds
A page from Mira's Curly Hair with Mira sitting at her desk trying to straighten her hair using lots of hairdressing implements
A page from Mira's Curly Hair with Mira sitting at her desk looking disconsolate that she can't tame her unruly curly hair
A page from Mira's Curly Hair with Mira and her Mama going for a walk in the rain
A page from Mira's Curly Hair with Mira admiring her Mama's beautiful curly hair
Mira's Curly Hair

Mira's Curly Hair

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Written by MARYAM AL SERKAL | Illustrated by REBECA LUCIANI 


Mira doesn’t like her hair. It curls at the front. It curls at the back. It curls everywhere! She wants it to be straight and smooth, just like her Mama’s. But then something unpredictable happens...and Mira will never look at her Mama’s hair the same way again! A delightful celebration of natural hair and the courage it takes to be yourself.


*STARRED Foreword Reviews
Books We Love March 2019

'Vibrant artwork that is full of detail, colourful clothing and striking Arabic architecture fills every page, creating a rich, warm backdrop to the rhythmic text. This delightful tale, featuring black and minority ethnic (BAME) characters, celebrates diversity and self-acceptance' – BookTrust

'I loved this humorous but heart-warming story about embracing your natural beauty and being proud to be yourself' – Library Girl & Book Boy

Book Details

Reading Age: 4-6 years
Extent: 32 pages
Book size: 24 x 24 cm
Pub Date: 11th April 2019 (hardcover) | 11th October 2019 (softcover)
ISBN (hardcover): 978-1-911373-61-2
ISBN (softcover): 

Why people love this book

'For anyone who has ever wished for straighter, curlier, smoother, lighter, or darker hair, Mira’s story of discovery, self-acceptance, and love will be a refreshing glimpse of the natural beauty found in everyone’s unique features' – Foreword Reviews, STARRED

'Really quite special, and incredibly clever writing. In this world of social media, selfies, and articles that promote what others want us to believe we should look like, reading stories to children that promote the exact opposite is all the more important.' – Book Monsters

'Does a lovely job weaving in various cultural realities with a universal theme of self-acceptance. This volume adds depth and beauty to the growing collection of hair-themed picture books for the very young' – Kirkus Reviews

'The ideal book for any lil naturalista who’s struggling with her hair. The greatest love is loving yourself, that’s Mira’s gift to us.' – The Tiger Tales

'This book felt like such a breath of fresh air, from the positive message to the fact that the main character is not a blonde, blue-eyed princess' – Chrikaru

A beautiful book about acceptance and freedom – add it to your library now!

‘With bright characters & animals that will leap off the page and into the reader’s room!’ – M. Lynx Qualey, ArabLit

'Many youngsters will be able to relate to this story. I loved the last page, which shows a beaming Mira and her mother on an outing, letting their hair fly free' Barbara, Goodreads

'The book’s message of self-acceptance is incredibly powerful.' – Get Kids Into Books

'Brilliant!' - Mamma Filz

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews

A beautiful and empowering book for your little one.l that celebrates embracing one's differences and celebrating them. Highly recommend.

Fantastic, beautiful

Fantastic, very beatiful