Crown: Picture Book Review

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
Written by Derrick Barnes
Illustrated by Gordon C. James

I spotted this book during our Scholastic Book Fair this year, and knew I had to get it into our library, permanently.

Crown is a wonderful novel, representing an own voices narrative. The combination of the writing and the illustrations transports you into the mind of this young African American man during a trip to the barber shop. This picture book is incredibly immersive, empowering, and self affirming.

The art style is detailed and beautiful. The writing is lyrical and, in a sense, magical. I can see how this book would boost the self esteem of many young men, and introduce role models into their lives.

I absolutely love this book, who it represents, and how it could help my students who struggle to take pride within themselves.