Fall 2022

Wonderful Hair

The Beauty of Annie Malone

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Forgotten today, Annie Turnbo Malone was an influential Black business leader in the early 20th century.

She turned her personally developed hair care products into a successful industry, including schools that taught the Poro method in her Poro Colleges. One of her students was the much more famous Madame C.J. Walker. She not only encouraged Black women to feel good about their hair, she showed them how to be entrepreneurs.

Annie Turnbo Malone is an inspiring model and an important part of women’s history and Black history who deserves to be better known.

Wonderful Hair is a Eureka Silver Medal winner.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Picture Books, Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Feminism, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Class, Diversity, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2022
Publisher Creston Books
Imprint Creston Books
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2022-10-04
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007090, JNF007120, JNF018010
Dewey 759.13
Dimensions 9 x 11
Lexile 870
Features Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews


  • Eureka! Children's Book Award, Winner, 2022


School Library Journal

“Gorgeous paintings of industry and determination, set to a story of a practical young woman who wanted people to feel good about themselves and was a pioneer of natural Black hair care products, this is a good choice for the elementary biography section.”—starred, School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Marshall’s illustrations, a mosaic of rich colors, skillfully complement the text and convey the feel of the period while capturing Annie’s passion and the dignity of the women depicted. A rousing blueprint for economic self-determination and success.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: Eve Nadel Catarevas

Eve Nadel Catarevas enjoys discovering little-known historical figures and sharing their achievements with others. Eve lives in Westport, Connecticut, with two- and four-legged family members.

Illustrator: Felicia Marshall

Felicia Marshall draws on her childhood experiences in rural Texas for her illustrations. Her most recent book, Beautiful Shades of Brown, was an NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book, a Eureka Honor Book, and won the Northern Lights Book Award.

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