When your hair stands on end, take a stand
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Maliyah is an inquisivite six-year old who loves to read books and watch cartoons. When she and her mom visit a store to buy shampoo for wash day, they notice all the products for her hair type are locked up. Maliyah and her mom must decide — buy the products or take a stand?

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As a small business owner, Marissa launched Free the Curls on Kickstarter. The campaign was a huge success! You can check it out if you’re interested, or just go ahead and pre-order your copy now.

A special thank you to each and every person who supported Free the Curls on Kickstarter! You made this book come to life! Thank you for empowering others (myself included) through your generosity.

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Marissa is an anti-bias educator. She holds a B.A. in Sociology with a focus on social stratification and inequality and a M.A. in Elementary Education, both from Stanford University. Marissa taught in Washington, D.C. for ten years. She took time off to travel before returning to the Bay Area where she now serves as an instructional coach and a lecturer. As an anti-bias educator, Marissa strives to create books where Black children can see reflections of themselves and children who do not identify as Black can engage in perspective taking.