“Bedtime Bonnet” author Nancy Redd sat down with KeKe Palmer to discuss her new children’s book.
Redd appeared on “Strahan, Sara & KeKe” to dish on her new book During the conversation, the author talked about wanting to write a book that showed a “positive representation” of black families home life, including the tradition of wearing a bonnet at night.
Redd also spoke to ESSENCE about the inspiration for writing the book. The author said the idea came after her then 3-year-old daughter expressed disdain for putting on a bonnet.
Redd said, “She was like, ‘I don’t want to wear a bonnet, bonnets are for old people.” The author set out to write book that would normalize bonnet wearing and “honor the tradition of Black women protecting their hair” with bonnets.
She told the outlet, “Because when you’re 3 or 4, you are not going to sleepovers, you know what I mean? And we moved far away from our extended family. So it’s not like I was hanging out with the cousins and she was able to see other people her age.”
Redd explained her daughter only saw “me and grandma” in a bonnet. The author hopes the book will allow Black girls to be proud of themselves for who they are.
After writing the book, Redd says her daughter now embraces her bonnet.
Bedtime Bonnet is available to purchase on Amazon. The book received a major endorsement after being mentioned in Britsh Vogue.