by J. Dillard
Readers who are starting to explore independent reading will have the chance root for an underdog character in the first book in this early chapter-book series. When Mom gives J.D. a terrible haircut the night before the first day of third grade, it seems like everyone at his school can't stop teasing him about it! But when J.D. takes the clippers into his own hands to fix his fade, he discovers a talent for barbering and soon has kids lining up at his secret Saturday home business. The only other barber shop in town is not happy about the new competition, but with the support of his family, J.D. challenges a grown-up to a real competition, and the whole town turns out. Entrepreneurship, relatable friendships, and a satisfying resolution make this a great choice as a read-aloud or for kids beginning to read chapter books on their own.
See the Jones Library Antiracism Book List for recommended titles for all ages.