What’s Silly Hair Day with No Hair? by Norene Paulson, illustrations by Camila Carrossine

What’s Silly Hair Day with No Hair? by Norene Paulson, illustrations by Camila Carrossine. Albert Whitman & Company, 9780807506080, 2021

Format: ARC (Hardcover available March, 2021)

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5+

Genre: Picture Book

 What did you like about the book? This was such a wonderful book about acceptance, friendship, and courage. In this story, we meet a young girl named Bea who has a condition known as alopecia. When Bea was a baby she had a full head of hair, but by the time she was four years old, she was completely bald. This is all she has ever known, and for the most part, being bald does not bother her-except on silly hair day during spirit week at school. Bea’s family and friends try to help her with a solution including wigs and silly hats, but nothing seems right. The wigs are itchy and the long hair gets in her eyes and the hats are silly, but they don’t seem quite right either. One day at school, Bea notices something on her teacher and this gives her the perfect idea for silly hair day. With the help of her best friend Shaleah, Bea covers her bald head with glitter temporary tattoos. When she goes to school the next day, the principal has changed the day to “Silly Hair or Head Day.” Bea is thrilled to be enjoying the day with her friends at school.

There is some additional information in the back of the book about childhood hair loss including alopecia and cancer.

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? This book would be perfect for children between the ages of five and eight years old, maybe even younger if they themselves (or someone they know) is experiencing a similar situation. 

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, anyone who works with children between the ages of five and eight years old. This story is a great tool in showing children acceptance and friendship towards other children that might be a little different.

Where would you shelve it? Picture Book

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, wonderful book!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.

Date of review: January 1, 2021

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