Q GOES TO CURLY LAND
Q is self-conscious about her curls. She is shy and wants to hide her curls by wearing her hair in a bun or a ponytail. Her sister, on the other hand, wants her to have fun with her curls and to let them be free. On Q's journey to self-love, she and her sister imagine a place called Curly Land. In Curly Land, the girls have a grand time caring for their curls and building confidence.
THE WORLD OF CURLY LAND
To illustrate and inspire
Just in my senior year of high school, I was given the opportunity to illustrate this book. Coming to terms with my hair and racial identity was a difficult process... but this book inspired me; gave me the confidence I needed. Being able to share this kind of message of self love to young girls and children who don't quite appreciate their curls, is perhaps one of the most important things I have ever done. The world of Q Goes to Curly Land was created by Valerie Jerome as a love letter to her two young daughters, a love letter that I illustrated with the hopes of inspiring them the same way I was inspired while working on this ground-breaking wonderfully crafted book.
"Q" Character Sheet
Q Goes to Curly Land author
With a degree in journalism and extensive marketing experience, Valerie Jerome is also the mother of two curly-haired daughters. Like many other parents, Jerome has cherished the hours caring for her daughters' hair and teaching them that this process is important, empowering, and fun. Having served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in the island nation of Dominica, Jerome now lives with her family in Cleveland, Ohio.
Q GOES TO CURLY LAND OUT NOW!
"Q Goes to Curly Land tells the endearing story of Q, who is self-conscious of her curls. She does everything she can to hide them, while her sister wants her to enjoy and have fun with her curly hair. Together they imagine a place where they care for and celebrate their curls. Along the way, they build their own self-confidence." - Neighbor Up Cleveland