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Haircuts: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about haircuts?

Haircuts can be a traumatic experience for kids—the uncertainty of what is happening, the new sensory stimulants and the very word “cut” itself can induce anxiety that’s difficult to assuage. There are lots of different things you can try to help your children cope, from getting their hair cut in a familiar place by a familiar person, letting them watch an older sibling or parent get their hair cut first, distracting them with shows and treats, letting them cover their ears for most of it so they don’t hear the buzzing, etc. Another great way to ease anxiety around haircuts is to introduce it through books, and let them watch these storybook heroes conquer their own fears and discover that it actually works out alright in the end and that there’s actually nothing to be scared of. Here are some of our very favorites for alleviating haircut woes—we hope you love them too!

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Wally Does Not Want a Haircut
Written & illustrated by Amanda Driscoll
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom
This is a great little book about overcoming your fears, whether that be getting a haircut or anything else! I personally loved all the punny language (although it may be over the youngest readers heads!), complete with onomatopoeia, alliteration and terrific vocabulary! The silly illustrations make this a totally fun and humorous read!
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Wally the sheep does not want to get the haircut he really needs, even after all the other farm animals get new hairdos, but when his shaggy wool gets him in trouble, he has no choice but to ask for a trim.

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Haircut for Lion
Written by Michael Dahl & illustrated by Oriol Vidal
board book
Recommend Ages: 6-7

Little Lion needs a haircut! Follow along as he and his dad go to the barber shop in this lighthearted board book from the Hello Genius series.

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Florence Frizzball
Written & illustrated by Claire Freedman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-99

A funny, heart-warming sibling story from Claire Freedman, author of the bestselling Aliens Love Underpants series and picture books Oliver and Patch and The Great Snortle Hunt. Florence’s curly-whirly, wild and crazy hair couldn’t be more different from her brother Ben’s sleek and shiny do. She begs her mum to let a hairdresser try and tame it, but when she gets the restyle she’s after, will Florence be happy with the outcome? Claire Freedman’s rhyming text and Jane Massey’s gorgeous illustrations perfectly combine to create laugh-out-loud moments and deliver an important message about being comfortable in your own skin.

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When Your Llama Needs a Haircut
Written by Susanna Leonard Hill & illustrated by Daniel Wiseman
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

When it’s picture day and you realize your llama needs a haircut, you’ll need a good comb and some luck! This charming and hilarious board book features one shaggy llama and a whole lot of hairstyles!

Uh-oh. It’s picture day and someone’s a mess! Does your llama need a haircut?

After a hilarious shampoo, it’s time to decide which style would be best for your shaggy llama. A mohawk? Layers? Or how about a brand-new fur color? But be careful…or you just might end up with a haircut, too!

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Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
Written by Derrick Barnes & illustrated by Gordon C. James
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
This is such a fun book about the confidence and self-love a new haircut can bring. I love the illustrations in this book and the overall feel that the boy's perspective brings of feeling "fly" and "fresh" after a cut. :)
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Named one of the best books of 2017 by NPR, the Huffington Post , Publishers Weekly , Kirkus Reviews , the Los Angeles Times , the Boston Globe , the Horn Book Magazine , the News & Observer , BookPage , Chicago Public Library, and more

The barbershop is where the magic happens. Boys go in as lumps of clay and, with princely robes draped around their shoulders, a dab of cool shaving cream on their foreheads, and a slow, steady cut, they become royalty. That crisp yet subtle line makes boys sharper, more visible, more aware of every great thing that could happen to them when they look good: lesser grades turn into As; girls take notice; even a mother’s hug gets a little tighter. Everyone notices.

A fresh cut makes boys fly.

This rhythmic, read-aloud title is an unbridled celebration of the self-esteem, confidence, and swagger boys feel when they leave the barber’s chair—a tradition that places on their heads a figurative crown, beaming with jewels, that confirms their brilliance and worth and helps them not only love and accept themselves but also take a giant step toward caring how they present themselves to the world. The fresh cuts. That’s where it all begins.

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut is a high-spirited, engaging salute to the beautiful, raw, assured humanity of black boys and how they see themselves when they approve of their reflections in the mirror.

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  • Bippity Bop Barbershop - In this companion book to the bestselling I Love My Hair, a young boy, Miles, makes his first trip to the barbershop with his father. Like most little boys, he is afraid of the sharp scissors, the buzzing razor, and the prospect of picking a new hairstyle. But with the support of his dad, the barber, and the other men in the barbershop, Miles bravely sits through his first haircut. Written in a reassuring tone with a jazzy beat and illustrated with graceful, realistic watercolors, this book captures an important rite of passage for boys and celebrates African-American identity.

  • Even Monsters Need Haircuts - Just before midnight, on the night of a full moon, a young barber stays out past his bedtime to go to work. Although his customers are mostly regulars, they are anything but normal–after all, even monsters need haircuts. Business is steady all night, and this barber is prepared for anything with his scissors, rotting tonic, horn polish, and stink wax. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to help these creatures maintain their ghoulish good looks. Perfect for Halloween, this is a hilarious story about a boy who follows in his father’s footsteps . . . in his own monstrously unique way.

  • Baghead - From the author of Good Night, Monkey Boy, the hilarious tale of a haircut gone awry! One day Josh had a big, brown bag idea: to wear a paper bag over his head. He thought it was a good idea. His mother did not. Neither did his bus driver, his teacher, or his soccer coach. What could Josh possibly be hiding? A surprise ending will keep kids giggling–and from taking haircuts into their own hands!

  • Super Hair-o and the Barber of Doom - B is for Bookworm -

    This is such a cute book! So funny. I love that the friends figure out they're still super, even after they lose their super hair that gave them special powers. :) Fun read!

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Uncle Jed's Barbershop
Written by & illustrated by James E. Ransome
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Sarah Jean’s Uncle Jed was the only black barber in the county. He had a kind heart and a warm smile. And he had a dream. Everyone has a favorite relative. For Sarah Jean, it was her Uncle Jed. Living in the segregated South of the 1920s, where most people were sharecroppers, Uncle Jed had to travel all over the county to cut his customers’ hair. He lived for the day when he could open his very own barbershop. But it was a long time, and many setbacks–from five-year-old Sarah Jean’s emergency operation to the bank failures of the Great Depression–before the joyful day when Uncle Jed opened his shiny new shop and twirled a now grown-up Sarah Jean around in the barber chair. With James E. Ransome’s richly colored paintings brimming with life, this is a stirring story of dreams long deferred and finally realized.

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I Love My Haircut!
Written by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley & illustrated by E. B. Lewis
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

In this companion to the top-selling I Love My Hair! (_originally titled and adapted from _Bippity Bop, Barbershop), a young boy named Miles makes his first trip to the barbershop with his father–but he’s afraid that the haircut will hurt! With the support of his dad, the barber, and the other men in the barbershop, Miles bravely sits through his first haircut. In the end, Miles’s father even decides to receive the same haircut as Miles! Now in board book format, here is a much-needed story about a milestone moment for toddlers, featuring African American characters and a loving father-son relationship that is perfect for Father’s Day and all year round.

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Jennifer the Hairstylist Fairy
Written by Daisy Meadows
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Fashion AND fairies? An unbeatable combination! The Fashion Fairies use their magic accessories to make sure that fashion everywhere is fun and fresh. But when jealous Jack Frost steals their magic away, it could lead to a fashion flop! Luckily, Rachel and Kirsty are ready to dive into another fairy adventure. . . . Without Jennifer the Hair Stylist Fairy’s magic brush, bad hair days are happening every day! Can Rachel and Kirsty come to the rescue?

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J.D. and the Great Barber Battle
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Eight-year-old J.D. turns a tragic home haircut into a thriving barber business in this hilarious new illustrated chapter book series J.D. has a big problem–it’s the night before the start of third grade and his mom has just given him his first and worst home haircut. When the steady stream of insults from the entire student body of Douglass Elementary becomes too much for J.D., he takes matters into his own hands and discovers that, unlike his mom, he’s a genius with the clippers. His work makes him the talk of the town and brings him enough hair business to open a barbershop from his bedroom. But when Henry Jr., the owner of the only official local barbershop, realizes he’s losing clients to J.D., he tries to shut him down for good. How do you find out who’s the best barber in all of Meridian, Mississippi? With a GREAT BARBER BATTLE! From the hilarious and creative mind of J. Dillard, an entrepreneur, public speaker, and personal barber, comes a new chapter book series with characters that are easy to fall for and nearly impossible to forget. Akeem S. Roberts’ lively illustrations make this series a must-buy for reluctant readers. 2021 New York Public Library Best Books 2021 Chicago Public Library Best Books 2021 School Library Journal Best Books 2022-2023 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List 2022 NCTE Charlotte Huck Award Honor

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Junie B. Jones Is a Beauty Shop Guy
Written by Barbara Park & illustrated by Denise Brunkus
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Meet the World’s Funniest Kindergartner—Junie B. Jones! Junie B. wants to be a beauty shop guy when she grows up. But first she needs a little practice. And a few volunteers. Like her bunny slippers. And her dog. And maybe even . . . herself? Is Junie B. on her way to a great new career? Or is she about to have the worst hair day ever?

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  • The Hair Book - An easy reader about hair—and all the things you can do with it—that’s perfect for fans of classic Dr. Seuss concept books like The Foot Book and The Eye Book! Full Color Illustrations.

  • This Monster Needs a Haircut - The Book Snob Mom -

    This is a great book for kiddos who are a little nervous about getting a haircut for whatever reason. It's humorous and far enough removed from a normal hair-cut nervousness situation (unless YOUR child is most concerned about still being able to scare giraffes...) to suggest that getting a haircut could be a good thing without it feeling personal, and the story is cute too!

  • Baaad Hair Day - If you’ve ever wanted a perfect reason to say: You’ve pulled the wool over my eyes—it’s here! It’s a brand-new picture book adventure with Sheep Dog and Sheep Sheep that’s perfect for kids who love animals, laughter, and screwball comedy! Meet Sheep: Sheep loves styling her full and fluffy wool—but when it grows too full and too fluffy, it covers her eyes, and that’s when she trips over things—ouch! Luckily, it’s shearing day. But Sheep doesn’t want to give up her fabulous curls! Can Sheep Dog convince Sheep that a haircut is for the best? Eric Barclay writes and illustrates these irresistible tales and always hits all the right notes. Kids howl, parents and teachers howl, and even the coyotes howl!

  • Rapunzel - A beautiful girl with extraordinarily long golden hair is imprisoned in a lonely tower by a witch.

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Maxwell the Monkey Barber
Written & illustrated by Cale Atkinson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Maxwell the monkey operates a barbershop, where he offers everything from a trim to a chop. He excels at helping his fellow animals look shipshape and feel their best, no matter how unruly their locks. Whatever the coiffure quandary, Maxwell is your monkey. He tames Baboon s curls, styles Lion s mane, and trims Bear s beard, exclaiming each time: Your hair s the best I ve seen today! All s well until Elephant comes in, feeling sad because he has “no” hair. Can Maxwell help? Of course! After some careful thinking, he devises a solution to help even Elephant feel his best. Cale Atkinson s bright, cartoon-like digital illustrations beckon readers into Maxwell s world in this playful tale. Rhyming text, speech bubbles, and a refrain make this story a fun read-aloud accessible to early readers. Full of personality and style, Maxwell has a genuine charm and enthusiasm for helping others that kids will find immediately contagious.

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Go BIG Or Go Gnome!
Written by Kirsten Mayer & illustrated by Laura K. Horton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Laugh your whiskers off with Albert the Gnome in this charming and funny picture book about friendship, self-acceptance — and beards!

A beard is the biggest point of pride for a Gnome, but poor Al can’t sprout a single whisker. Each year, Al feels left out of the Beards International Gnome-athalon, B.I.G.

So Al decides to go BIG or go Gnome! It’s a close shave, but with a hidden talent and the help of his friend, Gnorm, Al learns accepting that you are different is the key to fitting in.

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J.D. and the Hair Show Showdown
Written by J. Dillard & illustrated by Akeem S. Roberts
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Eight-year-old kid barber J.D. takes his talent to an Atlanta hair show in this illustrated chapter-book series. At only eight years old, J.D. the Kid Barber has already won a barber battle and appeared on local TV. Now he’s the youngest barber to be invited to the Beauty Brothers Hair Expo in Atlanta! J.D. gets the VIP treatment–he takes his first flight, rides in a limo for the first time, and gets gifts from the show’s sponsors. At the show, there are hair classes to take, product samples to try, and some of J.D.’s favorite hair influencers to meet. And, of course, there’s his own demo alongside kid hairstylist, Isabel Is Incredible. But what J.D. is most excited about is snapping a pic with eleven-year-old rap sensation Li’l Eazy Breezy, which is harder than it sounds! The world of hair and beauty is so much bigger than J.D. could’ve imagined, and he’s ready to step up his game. Check out the other chapter books in the J.D. the Kid Barber series: J.D. and the Great Barber Battle J.D. and the Family Business

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J.D. and the Family Business
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-11

Eight-year-old kid barber J.D. joins forces with his sister, who has beauty shop dreams, in this hilarious illustrated chapter book series. J.D. is a barber battle champion. He’s graduated from home haircuts to having a regular chair at the neighborhood shop, Hart and Son, and he’s making enough money to keep his candy jar stocked and his comic book collection growing. And yet, J.D. knows it’s time for his next challenge. He doesn’t just want to be the best barber in Meridian, Mississippi–he wants to be the best barber in the state . . . and maybe the country! When his older sister, Vanessa, starts to gain a following online for her hair tutorials, the kids decide that to truly level up, they must join forces. How do two siblings with big personalities, big ambitions, and competitive spirits work together (or not) to take over the hair world? Check out the other chapter books in the J.D. the Kid Barber series: J.D. and the Great Barber BattleJ.D. and the Hair Show Showdown

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Haircuts for Little Lambs
Written & illustrated by Tomie dePaola
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

From New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Tomie dePaola comes an adorable story about little lambs getting their spring haircuts!

Winter is finally over! That means it’s time for the Woolsey lambs to get their spring haircuts! They can’t wait to have fun in the warm sun. But the next morning, the fields are covered in snow, and the newly shorn sheep are shivering!

Luckily, Granny has the perfect surprise for the family in this delightful story from award-winning author Tomie dePaola, packaged in a gifty board book edition.

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  • Hair-Pocalypse - Second-grader Aiden Allen has seriously wild hair; in fact it keeps forming itself into weird shapes, and interfering with his school day, and nothing he says will make it behave–until finally Aiden and his hair come to a compromise that involves washing.

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