Author Nastasha Pollard made a virtual visit to first grade today bringing the magic of her new book, Puffy, alive in the GFA classroom.
The book, dedicated to young readers, reflects on loving their natural hair as they travel to a world of wonder and curiosity. Puffy’s inspiration comes from not only the curiosity of wondering what hair would say if it could talk but also as a tool to reinforce Black and Latino beauty, promoting self-empowerment.
“Our hope is for young children to reflect on loving their hair,” said Pollard. “We need more books that serve as mirrors for Black and Latino children to affirm that they are brilliant and beautiful."
"Nonetheless, Puffy is not only for children with curly hair, it’s an opportunity for children from all backgrounds to be exposed to an aspect of Black culture that is so rich. Now more than ever, we need to further diversity in literature – because everyone benefits from representation.”
The novel came highly recommended by Director of Equity and Inclusion Shanelle Henry, who posed the initial question to GFA's first grade, 'what would your hair say if it could talk?'
"I am so grateful to Nastasha for spending time with our First Grade today," Henry said. "She had our students on the edge of their seats, excited to meet her and ask her questions about [Puffy]. It was a delight to hear her speak about her love of reading, writing, colors, and plants — and they certainly were eager to tell her about what their hair would say if it could talk!"