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“Aisha Boubacar, Creates Children’s Book Celebrating Black Hair During Lockdown”

During the pandemic lockdown, Aisha Boubacar, then 14, found herself experimenting with her Afro-textured hair. Her journey to appreciate her natural hair soon turned into a love story with her hair, which she documented in the form of a children’s book titled “Crowned in Curls”. The rhyming story is based on her childhood and follows Imani, a young girl, who learns to love her curly hair after overcoming her insecurities about it.

Boubacar, a Toronto teen, partnered with Montreal publisher Paper Dog Press to release the book. She hopes that her story will help other Black girls develop a stronger self-image and recognize the beauty in their natural hair. “Other Black girls would go through something similar to what I was going through because it’s so common to hate your natural hair in the society that we live in,” she said. Boubacar wants people to understand that they do not have to conform to Caucasian beauty standards to feel beautiful and hopes that her story inspires others to embrace their natural beauty.

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Aisha Boubacar holding crown in curls

Every book Paper Dog Press prints, has been made in Canada, on a small press, in limited editions.

Our Mission

Founded in 2010, Paper Dog Press is a Montreal-based publishing house specializing in children’s books, young adult graphic novels, and mini-comics. Our mission is to produce quality, quirky books at affordable prices and promote reading for future generations.

Our Vision

Our vision is to become the go-to platform for upcoming writers to showcase and market their works. We want to nurture new talent and provide a supportive community for writers, contributing to the field of literature.

Meet Our Authors

Kate Lavut

Author / Illustrator

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Kate Lavut is the author and illustrator of several books including Chico, Sex after Baby and Animals Ate the Alphabet. She is currently teaching comic making workshops and would love to have you join her. You can email Paperdogpress@gmail.com for more information and how to enroll.

Holly Klein

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Holly Klein raised three children in a creative environment. She was a teacher for 45 years and an artist and story teller, using her stories in her classrooms as part of her teaching. Many of the art projects the children did in her classrooms used recycled materials to bring attention to endangered animals. She also wrote a program in Yoga and Dance and taught this in many Schools. Finally retiring from teaching, she forged ahead with great energy into writing stories and poetry, Turtles in Girdles is her first children’s book.

Aisha Boubacar

Author / Illustrator
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Aisha Boubacar is the 14 year old author of Crowned in Curls. After embarking on a journey to love her natural hair she decided to create a storybook that teaches young kids to do the same. This is her first book.

Nicola Klein


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Nicola Klein lives in Montreal with her partner and 3 children, their cat Ziggi and their trusty canoe, the Flying Fish. In 2017, she created the NDG Forest School, an outdoor exploration program for young children, and is currently completing a Bachelor’s of Education. Recently, Nicola has been working as a freelance editor and writing children’s stories. In 2019, she co-authored her first published picture book, Turtles in Girdles, blending her passion for writing with her love of nature.


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