It’s wash day and Zara is not excited about wearing her hair in the same styles Mama usually creates. But once Mama takes Zara on a cultural journey to help her understand the significance of each hairstyle, wash days will never be the same!

 Know Your Hairitage: Zara’s Wash Day is a semi-biographical story about how the hair texture and cultural styles of people of African descent are linked to a colorful and layered ancestral story. 

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Hear what the Judges of the 29th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards have to say about Zara’s Wash Day!

“This book is exemplary in its structure, organization, and pacing. The structure of the chapters/parts aid in a compelling organization of the story or information. The pacing is even throughout and matches the tone/genre of the book.”
“The way this story and it’s illustrations detail the history, stylings, and detail of the hairstyles is perfectly done. It’s not too in depth, but covers so much more than many other books that touch on this topic. It’s informative, inviting, and inclusive, so that those readers who can relate to this hairstyle will feel recognition, representation, and pride in the depictions, and those who aren’t as familiar with the content will be educated, feel interested, and gain respect for the cultural significance and importance. Really well done and well delivered.”
“Wonderfully approachable, inviting, engaging, encouraging, and fun voice. Great for captivating readers and keeping their attention. The voice of the story matches the illustrations and that was wonderful to see the two so complimentary.”



Zenda Walker is an author, licensed cosmetologist, and beauty marketing executive. Originally from the Bronx, New York, she enjoys traveling, spontaneous dance parties, exploring and developing beauty trends, and chocolate desserts. Zenda is a co-founder of Bounce Mobile Fitness Club, LLC. – a fitness business specializing in rebounding workouts. Zenda lives near NYC, New York with her daughter Zara Olivia.


Princess Karibo is a self-taught illustrator from Nigeria, West Africa. She enjoys working on traditional art by day and digital art projects by night. She also has an affinity for romance novels.


Anthony Foronda runs Studio Foronda. He is an internationally award-winning illustrator and designer. Anthony is also an educator and classical / jazz saxophonist.. He lives in a small town in Connecticut.




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