Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry



Dad, do my hair! A story about real daddy-daughter love

They have a will of their own, are sometimes curly, sometimes frizzy - but always beautiful: Zuri loves her hair because it has real superpowers. One morning she wakes up and knows that today is a special day. Your hairstyle has to be perfect. But the hairdressing doesn't really work and her dad is also at a loss at first. Will her caring father be able to prepare Zuri for this important day and braid her Afro hair?

Children's book about diversity & the variety of unruly hair with black main protagonists
Breaks gender norms and shows that dads can also do their children's hair
Strengthen children emotionally: Strengthens self-confidence and self-love
Cheerful and modern illustrated by NYT bestselling star Vashti Harrison
Translated from English by presenter Aminata Belli
Picture book about feelings, security and parental love for children ages 4 and up
Afro hair and curls are so beautiful! This father-daughter relationship strengthens self-confidence

Matthew A. Cherry's animated short film "Hair Love" won the 2020 Oscar. Now the story about the beauty of Afro curls and a loving dad is finally available as a picture book. But “Hair Love” doesn’t just celebrate the diversity of Afro hairstyles! It focuses on fathers as loving and present family members who can also solve “typically” female problems with links. Only one thing counts: making her daughter happy. A humorously staged hairstyle problem with lots of funny details that empowers all girls!


translator (female)

Aminata Belli is a TV presenter and reporter for NDR, MTV and FUNK. In 2020, together with her colleague Hadnet Tesfai, she started the highly acclaimed Instagram talk series “Seat Reservation” as a reaction to the Black Lives Matter movement and the way it is dealt with in the German media.

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About the publisher


Mentor Verlag is an independent, owner-managed publisher from Berlin - recently also part of the Kurt Wolff Foundation's circle of friends.

We, the two young publishers Philipp and Niclas, co-founded the start-up campus “Factory” eight years ago and love building communities. As a publisher, we're all about community and great books - for children and adults. Topics relating to children's education, sustainability, healthy living, but also social coexistence as a whole are important to us.

We are now able to work with authors such as Francesca Cavallo, Ronja von Rönne, Jimmy Kimmel and Lupita Nyong'o.



Matthew A. Cherry is a former NFL player turned filmmaker. In 2007, he retired from sports and moved to L.A. to pursue a career in entertainment. Today he directs music videos and short films, including the Oscar-winning animated film Hair Love, on which this book is based. With this work he wants to combat prejudices and show a strong black family image in which fathers are present.


Vashti Harrison is an author, illustrator, and filmmaker based in Brooklyn. She is passionate about creating stories, both for the film and children's worlds. Her artwork is rooted in Caribbean folklore.