When a little girl walks into her local barbershop, she knows she wants the flyest, freshest fade on the block! But there are so many beautiful hairstyles to choose from, and the clients and her mother suggest them all: parts, perms, frizzy fros, dye jobs, locs, and even cornrows!
But this little girl stays true to herself and makes sure she leaves the shop feeling on top with the look she picks!
Shauntay Grant is a poet, playwright, children’s author and interdisciplinary artist. She is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Dalhousie University, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists. A former poet laureate for the City of Halifax, she “creates artworks that are engaging and accessible, but also challenging, rigorous, and informed by deep research (The Royal Society of Canada).” She is the author of Africville (Groundwood, 2018) which won a Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards, and My Fade Is Fresh (Penguin, 2022) which received starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist. Her most recent children’s picture book titles include Snowy Mittens and Sandy Toes—part of the Let’s Play Outside series published by Abrams Appleseed.
When I Wrap My Hair, with illustrator Jenin Mohammed. New York: HarperCollins, 2023.
Snowy Mittens, with illustrator Candice Bradley. New York: Abrams Appleseed, 2023.
Sandy Toes, with illustrator Candice Bradley. New York: Abrams Appleseed, 2023.
My Fade Is Fresh, with illustrator Kitt Thomas. New York: Penguin Workshop, 2024.
Africville, with illustrator Eva Campbell and translator Josephine Watson. Moncton: Bouton d’Or Acadie, 2020.
My Hair is Beautiful. Halifax: Nimbus, 2019.
Africville, with illustrator Eva Campbell. Toronto: Groundwood, 2018.
The Walking Bathroom, with illustrator Erin Bennett Banks. Halifax: Nimbus, 2017.
Apples and Butterflies, with illustrator Tamara Thiebaux-Heikalo. Halifax: Nimbus, 2012.
The City Speaks In Drums, with illustrator Susan Tooke. Halifax: Nimbus, 2010.
Up Home, with illustrator Susan Tooke. Halifax: Nimbus, 2008.
Kitt Thomas is a first-generation Lucian American author-illustrator and graduate of the Ringling College of Art and Design with a BFA in visual studies. Kitt’s mission is to celebrate Black culture with their drawings and to encourage inclusion in all forms of art, as they found it hard to see themself properly represented in the media they enjoyed growing up. They have worked with such companies as Netflix, Hasbro, and Cartoon Network. They are the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of Stacey’s Extraordinary Words.
Twitter /X: @kitt_thomas_art