My Hair with Hannah Lee 


Tuesday 2nd February, 11am

Streamed live on both Kirklees Libraries YouTube channel and Facebook page

Join author, actor and activist Hannah Lee for both an entertaining storytime and an inspiring true story. She’ll be reading her delightful picture book My Hair and talking about why we all need to see faces that look like us in the arts.

Hannah is one of the winners of Faber’s FAB prize, which aims to highlight the talents of new children’s writers and illustrators from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.


This session is ideal for KS1, but by weaving in themes of identity and empowerment, it easily crosses over into KS2 and beyond. If you’re a teacher who’d like to get involved with your class, drop us an email so we can give you a shout out!

Don’t forget to send us your creative responses to Hannah’s challenge! We are so impressed by Ayesha’s imaginative illustrated story we’ve published it here on our website…. The Lonely Octopus.



Image of book cover for My Hair

Hannah Lee’s My Hair is a fun and tender story about a young girl trying to decide how to style her hair for a party. The pages are filled with an array of options, beautifully illustrated by Allen Fatimaharan, but eventually she settles on her natural Afro hair for the birthday bash.

My birthday’s coming up so soon,
I’ll need new clothes to wear.
But most of all, I need to know,
How shall I style my hair?

Will it be dreads or a twist out? Braids or a high-top fade? Joyous and vibrant, this captures perfectly the excitement of getting ready for a celebration, as well as showcasing a dazzling array of intricate hairstyles.

‘Lively illustrations in warm, rich colours accompany the rhythmic text… A delightful debut collaboration’ BookTrust



Hannah Lee was born in London, where she still lives. She always loved books, but yearned to see more stories that featured children like her – so now she is writing them! My Hair is her debut picture book, which was Highly Commended in the 2017 FAB Prize for writing.

Why we all need to see faces that look like us in the arts, Booktrust feature on Hannah Lee

Image of author Hannah Lee
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If you’re an early years provider, or a 50 things to do before you’re 5 app user, you might like to use this fabulous session to tick off number 23 See it Live or number 10 Sharing Books.

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