Hair: Books For Kids

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

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to hair. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about hair.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about hair, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like The Girl Who Wouldn’t Brush Her Hair to popular sellers like Junie B. Jones Is a Beauty Shop Guy to some of our favorite hidden gems like Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut.

We hope this list of kids books about hair can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

Wally Does Not Want a Haircut book
#1
Wally Does Not Want a Haircut
Written and illustrated by Amanda Driscoll
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
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!

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.

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut book
#2
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
Written by Derrick Barnes and illustrated by Gordon C. James
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8
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. :)

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.

Even Monsters Need Haircuts book
#3
Even Monsters Need Haircuts
Written and illustrated by Matthew McElligott
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

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.

When Your Llama Needs a Haircut book
#4
When Your Llama Needs a Haircut
Written by Susanna Leonard Hill and 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!

Bippity Bop Barbershop book
#5
Bippity Bop Barbershop
Written by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley and illustrated by E.B. Lewis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

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.

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. Maxwell the Monkey Barber - 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.

  4. Florence Frizzball - 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.

Baghead book
#10
Baghead
Written and illustrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

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!

The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School book
#11
The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School
Written by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Ard Hoyt
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson and vibrant illustrator Ard Hoyt style a hair-raising story that is sure to be a ‘do! Zoe Fleefenbacher has one blue eye and one green eye and bright red hair that goes on…forever. Her hair has always been unruly, but now she is in first grade and according to her teacher, Ms. Trisk, “first grade has rules.” It takes countless barrettes and scrunchies to finally hold Zoe’s hair. But when it can help with an uncooperative science lesson, will Ms. Trisk let Zoe’s hair free?

The Hair Book book
#12
The Hair Book
Written by Graham Tether and illustrated by Andrew Joyner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

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.

The Girl Who Wouldn't Brush Her Hair book
#13
The Girl Who Wouldn't Brush Her Hair
Written by Kate Bernheimer and illustrated by Jake Parker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

What happens when our heroine neglects her long tresses? Well, one day a mouse comes to live in a particularly tangled lock. Soon after, more mice move in, and the girl’s unruly mop is transformed into a marvelous mouse palace complete with secret passageways and a cheese cellar! But as the girl comes to find out, living with more than a hundred mice atop your head isn’t always easy. . . .

Boonoonoonous Hair book
#14
Boonoonoonous Hair
Written by Olive Senior and illustrated by Laura James
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In this vibrant and exquisitely illustrated picture book, written by Commonwealth Prize-winning Jamaican-Canadian Olive Senior, and with pictures by the acclaimed artist Laura James (the team that created Anna Carries Water), a young girl learns to love her difficult-to-manage, voluminous and boonoonoonous hair.

  1. Mini Myths: Brush Your Hair, Medusa! - Medusa refuses to care for her hair, her long locks getting knottier and dirtier with each passing page. Her hair rebellion elicits frozen expressions of shock from her family, but nothing will convince Medusa to brush. Only her hairdresser approaches Medusa with bravery and a blade, successfully solving the problem . . . with a short haircut! All are pleased with this drastic yet adorable solution. Leslie Patricelli’s depictions of this physical comedy bring a lively visual narrative to Joan Holub’s expertly focused text. Includes a summary of the original Medusa’s Wild Hair myth at the end.

  2. My Hair is a Garden - After a day of being taunted by classmates about her unruly hair, Mackenzie can’t take any more and she seeks guidance from her wise and comforting neighbor, Miss Tillie. Using the beautiful garden in the backyard as a metaphor, Miss Tillie shows Mackenzie that maintaining healthy hair is not a chore nor is it something to fear. Most importantly, Mackenzie learns that natural black hair is beautiful.

  3. Bad Hair Day - Franny K. Stein is back with another laugh-out-loud experimental adventure in the eighth book in the Mad Scientist series from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Jim Benton! Franny K. Stein isn’t a fan of glamour. She doesn’t style her hair, the thought of wearing makeup makes her want to gag, and she couldn’t care less about wearing dressy dresses when she’d much prefer her lab coat. But sometimes Franny wonders if her mom wishes she were different. Which gives Franny an idea…for an experiment! What if she can turn the beauty products her mom loves into something more exciting? Every experiment has its experimental error, and when Franny’s hair takes on a life of its own, Franny must save the day (and her hair) to finally realize her mom loves her just the way she is.

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

Junie B. Jones Is a Beauty Shop Guy book
#19
Junie B. Jones Is a Beauty Shop Guy
Written by Barbara Park and 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?

Moustache Up! book
#20
Moustache Up!
Written by Kimberly Ainsworth and illustrated by Daniel Roode
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Moustaches of various shapes and sizes illustrate the concept of opposites in this playful, interactive board book! Moustache up and moustache down. Which moustache covers up a frown? In this highly interactive board book, young readers can match press-out moustaches of all shapes and sizes with corresponding images printed on each spread. Playful, rhyming text encourages readers to decorate the faces throughout the pages of this book with one of the many included cardstock ’staches, which can be stored in a resealable envelope inside the front cover.

Hair-Pocalypse book
#21
Hair-Pocalypse
Written by Geoff Herbach and illustrated by Stephen Gilpin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

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.

Hair book
#22
Hair
Written and illustrated by Leslie Patricelli
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I love this simple book about a little one who’s hair is growing. It talks about how to keep it clean and nice, as well as what your first haircut experience might be like!

Is Baby really ready for that first haircut? With the usual panache, Leslie Patricelli’s one-haired wonder leads the way into another new experience.

It’s important to take care of your hair, even if you only have one! As Baby can tell you, that hair gets washed when it’s dirty and brushed when it looks messy. But when it grows and grows, there’s only one thing to do. This funny and reassuring look at a toddler rite of passage is ideal for little readers—especially those with a tiny bit of trepidation about that first haircut.

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