Book cover of My Powerful Hair

My Powerful Hair



Publisher & Publication Year

Abrams, 2023

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Carole Lindstrom (Anishinaabe/Métis, enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe)

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Steph Littlebird (Grand Ronde Confederated Tribes)



Our ancestors say our hair is our memories, our source of strength and power, a celebration of our lives.

Mom never had long hair—she was told it was too wild. Grandma couldn’t have long hair—hers was taken from her. But one young girl can’t wait to grow her hair long: for herself, for her family, for her connection to her culture and the Earth, and to honor the strength and resilience of those who came before her.

Notable Achievements


Kirkus Reviews: “Littlebird’s bold art matches the power of We Are Water Protectors author Lindstrom’s words… A deeply moving and inspiring celebration of long hair and its significance in Indigenous cultures.”

School Library Journal: “An emotionally searing story infused with important historical and cultural information on the significance of hair to Indigenous cultures. Highly recommended for all library collections.”

Booklist: “A thoughtful and enlightening addition to the picture book shelves and a worthy choice for units on Indigenous cultures.”

The Horn Book: “The intergenerational interaction of family highlights the idea many Indigenous families have that future generations can reclaim what was lost. The narrative’s powerful ending brings this story to a satisfying, hopeful conclusion.”

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