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New afro-loving children's book sells out in just two days

BOOK LAUNCH: Love Thy Fro writer Casey Elisha and illustrator Aliecee Cummings [PHOTO CREDIT: Mellz Photography]

A CHILDREN'S book encouraging young black girls to love their hair, sold out the day after it was launched.

The book, Love Thy Froby Londoner Casey Elisha, was launched at The Children's Library in Deptford on Sunday (Dec 6).

By Monday (Dec 7), the book had completely sold out.

"I couldn't believe it," the 24-year-old writer told The Voice. "When I found out the amount of books that had been sold at the event, I was completely shocked. I didn't think that would happen.

"I thought the book would take a little while for people to learn about it and be sold on the idea. I believed in the book, but I didn't realise that everyone would believe in it so much as well. Especially not instantly."

She continued: "So, the huge sales at the event left me with less than 20 to put online the next day. So when they went, I just couldn't believe it. I had people asking me when more were coming in so I had to place an order for more prints straight away."

FRO-TASTIC: Love Thy Fro has been an instant hit with young readers

Aimed at 5-8 year olds, Love Thy Fro is about a young girl named Kemi who absolutely loves her beautiful, big, curly afro hair.

A simple book with a simple message, the book aims to teach girls the importance of loving themselves and embracing their "non-typical" hair from a young age.

On her inspiration for the book, Elisha said: "A combination of conversations with various people, and conversations with myself reflecting on my past issues with self-love and my hair, is what made me create Love Thy Fro.

"I've always wanted to get to a point where I could use some of my experiences to help uplift and inspire others and Love Thy Fro turned out to be a great opportunity to do that."

The Lewisham-born author continued: "The struggle around hair is something that pretty much all little girls of colour can relate to, and it's something I've had personal struggles with, so I thought that this would be a good topic to start with.

"I wanted to put together something really simple that would help to promote the unique beauty that lies in our hair while showing girls that that beauty is something to embraced."

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