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A terrific new book is empowering young girls of color to have confidence and feel good about themselves, starting with their hair.

Penny and the Magic Puffballs began as a bedtime story that Seattle mom Alonda Williams made up for her children to encourage self-esteem. The stories of Penny were a way to help her young daughter connect with a positive image and not feel so insecure about her natural hair - or puffballs as she called them.

Since its release, the book has resonated with so many African American girls across the country that their Facebook page is filled with hundreds of different pictures of girls proudly sporting their puffballs.

Author Alonda Williams stops by to tell us more about the book and her story.

Connect with Alonda on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pennyspuffs

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