Kinyel Friday

Create Your Own Narrative

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

Maya Angelou

KinYori Books is a self-publishing company. The mission is to promote literacy among Black families, while encouraging children to love themselves while they’re young.

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Night-Night, Nina

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Not My Lisa


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What Folks Have to Say

Great story!

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book with my granddaughter. She immediately connected with the story as she is learning to swim herself. I can’t say enough good things about this book series. Highly Recommended!


Make sure this book is in your classroom library, as well as your child’s personal library.

Wonderful book that can help children with self acceptance.


Fantastic Book of Self Confidence and Patience

Another fantastic book by Kinyel Friday and beautiful illustrations by Robert Roberson, Jr! Books like these are excellent stories to help build a child’s confidence and patience in not only themselves, but in who is providing the lesson. We all were children at one time or another and didn’t always understand the lessons or wisdom that our parents and teachers might have been trying to teach. Sometimes through trial and error we learned and learned well. This is what I got from this book. Parents, I urge you to buy a copy for your children. As well as Grandparents for their Grandchildren.

Saar Sayyid


What a great book to build confidence in little girls. I just read it to my daughter and she loved it. I’m teaching her to love everything about herself including her hair! And we bought this story just in time. Great message and entertaining!


True friendship knows no boundaries

This is a very heartwarming book. This was another purchase for my younger daughter, and she truly enjoys it! I had to re-read “Not My Lisa” for myself and it reminds me of the bond that my daughter has with her cousin. I remember my daughter being distraught of learning that her cousin was moving to another state. Everything in this book reminds me of what she went through and how she overcame it. Her cousin is pretty much “Lisa” in a sense, and they too are able to continue their communication no matter the distance. With that, Kinyel’s book shows the power of true friendship. That no matter the distance and no matter the hurdle, true friendship knows no boundaries. Thank you Kinyel and Robert for creating yet another exciting book for my children to enjoy!


Great Message!

This is an amazing book that will be a wonderful addition to a young readers library and/or classroom. I love the message and the book is beautifully written!


My Daughter LOVES this book!

Such an incredibly well-written book that encourages self-love, pride and confidence in our young girls of color, particularly. My daughter and I read ‘I Am My Hair’ together and now I utilize the end of the story as a daily motivator for her. It’s so important for our young ones to be able to embrace their differences and love their own unique qualities and I think that this book does a great job in conveying that message. We are definitely looking forward to checking out the next offerings from Kinyel! Bravo!! 


Must read for young girls of color

In a world that doesn’t always appreciate and celebrate girls and women of color, this book is a perfect example of promoting self love and acceptance through the eyes of a child. Sometimes, we all can use a little pep talk or inspiration to remind us of who we are and the magic that we have. As such for little girls of color, this book is a great foundation to embark on this journey.


Awesome Easy Quick Read!

I purchased a hard copy for my granddaughter not only because she is turning 7 very soon but she is very aware of her hair! The age category, 4-7 is right on target! Congratulations Kinyel! 


Representation Matters!

Representation Matters! Wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated. Purchased this book for my granddaughter and she was so excited to get it. As we read the book together she kept pointing out how she has worn her hair in many of the same hairstyles as the main character.

Highly recommend this book.


Very Fun, Entertaining and Educational Book

I bought this book in mind for my three daughters. It reminds me of the different books that I would see on the television show, “Reading Rainbow” in the early 1980s. Books that teaches young African American girls the Importance of taking pride in themselves and their natural beauty. It is a very important book to read and should be in every parents library to study. Kinyel’s storytelling is brilliant, as well as Robert Roberson Jr.’s illustrations. I look forward to reading this to my daughters over and again!

Saar Sayyid


My grandchildren love this book!


Good Material

Simply love the Book. Will be back for more like it.


Very important book on expressing feelings

Both my children and I were looking forward to another book by Kinyel Friday and here it is! This is a book that deals with expressing feelings, and it’s especially good to express them early. The lessons here at least in my observation, tells the reader (child) that whatever you’re feeling is okay. It’s wonderful to be happy, joyful, playful and it’s okay to be anxious, timid, shy, sad etc. The different feelings that one may feel is important. It is one’s truth at their moment of expression. Kinyel has done it again as well as Mr. Robert Roberson, Jr.’s colorful and expressive illustrations! I am a new fan of his work! Excellent work once for the dynamic duo of Kinyel Friday and Robert Roberson, Jr! We look forward to more!