french afro-feminist author creates children’s book on natural hair, inspired by toni morrison

June 15, 2017

Inspired by work of Toni Morrison, “Comme un Million De Papillons Noirs” or “Like A Million Black Butterflies” is a children’s picture book geared towards inspiring empathy and self-love for black and brown kids with textured hair. Written by Laura Nsafou (aka Mrs Roots) and illustrated by Barbara Brown were both drawn to Morrison’s passage in “God Help The Child” that read, “Her clothes were white, her hair like a million black butterflies asleep on her head.” An empowering, female-driven narrative, ”Like A Million Butterflies“ follows little Adé who is tired of being picked on for her flowing, puffy afro. A mixture of compassion, sweetness, and poetry, the short story explores what it’s like to be a black girl growing up in France. The book’s publisher, Bilibok Editions is crowdsourcing part of the project, including access to digital content and printable coloring pages/educational tools, here. And you can pre-order the book (in French or English), here.