Best Kids Books About Haircut

7 Amazing Books for Your Child Who Is Nervous About Haircuts

Updated Jan. 29, 2019

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!

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.

Even Monsters Need Haircuts book
#2
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.

Super Hair-o and the Barber of Doom book
#3
Super Hair-o and the Barber of Doom
Written and illustrated by John Rocco
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from 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!

Every super hero gets his powers from somewhere. The young hero of this book, Rocco, thinks his abilities come from his shock of red hair, and the longer it gets, the stronger he becomes. He even has a posse of super friends with wild hair of their own. Our hero is unstoppable--until the day he's dragged to the super evil villain's lair and robbed of his powers. How will he face his friends? Will he ever regain his super hero-ness? A girl who has been watching all along offers the gang a chance to save the day and get their groove back. With bold images that burst with energy from white backgrounds and narration as earnest as Superman himself, SUPER HAIR-O AND THE BARBER OF DOOM is a feel-good and funny book for emergent comic book fans and parents who grew up on them.

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut book
#4
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.

This Monster Needs a Haircut book
#5
This Monster Needs a Haircut
Written and illustrated by Bethany Barton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Thoughts from 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!

Introducing a lovable monster with a hairy problem Stewart is a monster. He has wild, crazy, messy hair that's perfect for scaring, collecting spiders, and hiding after-school treats. But when Stewart's hair grows so long that things start getting lost in it, his parents decide it's time to intervene. Stewart disagrees. His hair is awesome! But when Stewart's hair keeps him from doing his very favorite thing, he realizes it might be time to reconsider. With slyly funny text and uproarious illustrations, this humorous account of a much-feared experience is a must-have for every monster—and every child, too.

Bippity Bop Barbershop book
#6
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.

Maxwell the Monkey Barber book
#7
Maxwell the Monkey Barber
Written and 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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