2023 Winner - Gwen P. Reichert Gold Medal for Young Children’s Literature

The book’s beautiful, sometimes whimsical cartoon illustrations skillfully depict the unsuccessful endeavors to reduce Zuzu’s hair volume and capture her emotions in response. The tale offers an important message—that kids should love and accept themselves wholeheartedly... joyful story of a girl coming to terms with her unique hair.

- Kirkus Reviews

FRIZZY HAIRED ZUZU, Magination Press, 2023
Illustrated by Basma Hosam
ISBN: 1433841576 (ISBN 13: 978-1433841576)
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Frizzy Haired Zuzu is a children's picture book about accepting and loving your appearance.

Zuzu loves riding her bike and dancing to all kinds of music. Her curly red hair would bounce when she danced. But Zuzu hates her hair. The older she gets, the bigger it grows. With her sisters and mother, she tries several hilarious—yet disastrous—solutions to tame her frizzy hair. Finally she saves up all her money to visit a salon. But with straighter hair, will she still feel like herself? Zuzu must dig deep down to sort out her feelings about what is beautiful to others…and herself.

I was born in New York City and I presently call Miami my home. I received my master’s degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University. After becoming a voracious reader in high school and a relentless writer dabbling in many genres in college, I found my niche writing for young people. Today I'm a writer for all age levels published through various presses. In addition to being a writer, I'm a public school teacher. My memberships include Picture Book Sunrays, Mensa, and SCBWI.