Puffy Book available for purchase!!

puffy CS cover promoIt’s done!  It’s gorgeous!  You can order it online.

 

 

 

I’m thrilled to have Vanessa Van Dyke–the young woman who defied authorities at her school who tried to expel her for wearing puffy hair–as our new back cover model.

Please, spread the word!

Yes!  I want my copy of Puffy: people whose hair defies gravity,

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Puffy Hair Book Order Now!!

Just in time for Solstice/Christmas/Kwanzaa!

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PRICES & OPTIONS

Full color book is $15

(Prices do not include shipping and handling).

No need to pre-order anymore; the book is available for purchase!

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The Puffy Hair Project is a children’s book of text and photographs featuring kids, teens, adults, and families with naturally puffy hair.  It is designed to provide children of African heritage and other puffy-haired kids with positive images.  The Project was started by writer/performer/educator Aya de Leon to share a book she had created for her own daughter with other families and children.

Puffy Hair Project has a Book Cover!

p2 puffy cover mockAfter weeks of searching, comparing, and even asking for your comments*, I finally found the cover model for the Puffy Hair Project!  The book is coming along nicely and I expect it to be out, as planned, in time for the holidays.  So get ready to give the puffy-haired people in your life a book that will defy narrow beauty standards, and defy gravity.

For updates, follow this blog, or follow me on twitter @ayadeleon.

*Thanks to all who commented on the photos I had up.  Unfortunately, the settings didn’t allow comments to be posted, but I got them all in my inbox.  There was no clear consensus, so I did a bit more searching and found this great image!

Puffy Hair Project: Need Help Choosing a Cover Photo…

I got so many fantastic photos for my Puffy Hair Project children’s book, it will definitely be out in time for the holidays.

p2 twirlMeanwhile, I’ve been racking my brain trying to figure out the cover photo.  For mostly technical reasons, none of the adorable pics people sent will work.

So I have decided to license a stock photo, but still haven’t been able to find the perfect one. Here are several I like, but each has a challenge.  Please let me know what you think in the comments.

Project description below.

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This girl’s smile is great, but I wish there was more dramatic volume to her hair.

stock photo afro caribbean

I love the glint of mischief in this girl’s eyes, but you can’t really see a lot of the hair.

stock photo latina

I love this image, but the book’s tag line is about hair that “defies gravity.” If only her hair were up in an afropuff…

stock photo glasses

Yes! Totally puffy! But she’s a little old for this book, which is pitched to the 0-5 crowd.

I love all of these photos!  And as you can see, there’s an abundance of neutral space in each picture to put the book title.

Can’t wait to read your comments!!

Here’s a description of the project:

“The Puffy Hair Project is a children’s book of text and photographs featuring kids, teens, adults, and families with naturally puffy hair.  It is designed to provide children of African heritage and other puffy-haired kids with positive images.  The Project was started by writer/performer/educator Aya de Leon to share a book she had created for her own daughter with other families and children.”

Even if you don’t have a photo in the book, there will be a personalization option  for you to send a pic of your kid or self or family, so your photo will appear in your personal copy!

If you’d like to purchase the book when it becomes available, follow me on this blog or on twitter @AyadeLeon for updates.

Puffy Hair Project gearing up to have book out by holidays!!

photo 45I’ve been getting fabulous photos for my Puffy Hair Project children’s book that will be available for the holidays!  The overall call for photos is done BUT, I am still in need of certain photos of puffy-haired folks, need more teens, more people sleeping, and more  parents & kids together.  Please send them in to puffyhairproject@gmail.com and I might be able to get them in under the wire.

Here’s a description of the project:

“The Puffy Hair Project is a children’s book of text and photographs featuring kids, teens, adults, and families with naturally puffy hair.  It is designed to provide children of African heritage and other puffy-haired kids with positive images.  The Project was started by writer/performer/educator Aya de Leon to share a book she had created for her own daughter with other families and children.”

family sleepSo send me your nappy, your puffy, your kinky, your curly.  Your wavy your dreaded your braided your cornrowed.  Your spiraling tresses, yearning to breathe free.  If you’d like to be involved, please send a high resolution photo with the name and contact info of all of the adults and parents or guardians of the young people, as well as name and email of the photographer to PuffyHairProject@gmail.com.  I will send permission/release forms to those selected to be in the book, and they will get a free copy.  Priority will be given if your hair defies gravity.

photo 41Even if you don’t have a photo in the book, there will be a personalization option  for you to send a pic of your kid or self or family, so your photo will appear in your personal copy!

If you’d like to purchase the book when it becomes available, follow me on this blog or on twitter @AyadeLeon for updates.