Zion's Crown


By Zenda Walker

Illustrated by Princess Karibo

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$23.99 CAD




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Two young black boys learn to be proud of their textured hair and the way they wear it in this empowering picture book celebrating hair styles, written by Writer's Digest award-winning author Zenda Walker and with a blurb from Dr. Ibram X. Kendi (author of Antiracist Baby and Stamped).

Zion and his younger brother have an experience at school that makes them reject their cultural hairstyles. But when Dad takes them on a  journey to understand the significance of each style, Zion and Zayn’s world will never be the same.

Award-winning author Zenda M. Walker creates a story empowering young black boys to embrace their heritage and to celebrate the significance of traditional hairstyles. Inside, Walker includes a tutorial on creating Zion’s cornrow style along with a useful glossary of terms for parents and educators to reference when reading the book with children.


  • Zion’s Crown is a smiling and hugging tale about the power and splendor of the hairstyles of Black boys. Zenda Walker is braiding up some Black boy joy. And pride.”
    Ibram X. Kendi, author of Antiracist Baby and Goodnight Racism

On Sale
Sep 10, 2024
Page Count
40 pages
Running Press Kids

Zenda Walker

About the Author

Zenda M. Walker is a best-selling, award-winning author, licensed cosmetologist, and marketing executive. Her first picture book, Zara’s Wash Day, was a 2021 Writer’s Digest grand prize winner. She is passionate about beauty education and helping people to discover the magic of textured hair. Originally from the Bronx, New York, Zenda enjoys traveling, spontaneous dance parties, exploring and developing beauty trends, and chocolate desserts. She is cofounder of Bounce Mobile Fitness Club, LLC—a fitness business specializing in rebounding workouts. Zenda resides in New York with her daughter, Zara.

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Princess Karibo

About the Illustrator

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.

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