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Children's Fiction Daily Activities

The Haircut

by (author) Theo Heras

illustrated by Renné Benoit

Pajama Press Inc.
Initial publish date
May 2020
Daily Activities, Parents, New Experience
Recommended Age
1 to 3
Recommended Grade
p to k
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2020
    List Price

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A confidence-boosting story about a little one’s first haircut from the creators of Hat On, Hat Off, Baby Cakes, and Where’s Bunny?

Uh oh, hair in eyes—it’s time for this little one’s first haircut. The barbershop comes alive with sensory details as he watches other customers and bravely takes his own turn in the chair. Clip, clip, clip…Now there is a big boy in the mirror!

Theo Heras and Renné Benoit once again capture the toddler experience with simplicity and charm. In this “Toddler Tough” book complete with a padded cover, rounded corners, and extra-heavy pages that are easy to turn and hard to tear, The Haircut is perfect for little ones who are just beginning to feel big.


About the authors

Theo Heras is a performer, speaker, book reviewer, and a children's librarian. Passionate about literature and programming for babies and toddlers, Theo is the author of the juvenile titles Hat On, Hat Off, Baby Cakes, and Where’s Bunny?, which was a Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice. She has also recorded two albums: What Will We Do with the Baby-O?, and Seashell, Sing a Song to Me. Theo lives in Toronto, Ontario.


Theo Heras' profile page

Renné Benoit is living her childhood dream of being an artist. Trained in graphic design, she is the award-winning illustrator of more than 15 books for children. Her awards include the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award for Children's Literature for Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion; the OLA Silver Birch Express Award for The Secret of the Village Fool; and the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize for both Fraser Bear and Goodbye to Griffith Street. The latter was also nominated for the Amelia Frances Howard Gibbon Award. Big City Bees was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustration, and A Year of Borrowed Men was a finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, among others. Renné lives in St. Thomas, Ontario.


Renné Benoit's profile page


  • Commended, Toronto Public Library First & Best List

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Haircut

2020 Toronto Public Library First & Best List

“Filled with humour and honesty, the book sets up an atmosphere where it’s okay to feel your feelings and that the adults are there to be supportive and gentle....The balance of discomfort and delight throughout the story is a lovely way to introduce young children to new experiences, like haircuts, and set the stage for conversations about other new things.”—Canadian Children’s Book News

“A great read aloud for fathers and sons to bond over this ‘first haircut experience’ and to ease the anxiety for toddlers in going to the barbershop.”—Youth Services Book Review

“What a wonderful book to read with toddlers (and then get them reading for themselves) who will be experiencing their first haircut....Whether a parent wants to help a child to prepare for that first haircut or to reminisce about that first experience, The Haircut is there for a snuggly read.”—CanLit for LittleCanadians

“Told with simplicity in short, clipped sentences, The Haircut will be relatable to toddlers, many of whom will have some anxiety about getting their hair cut for the first time. The large book format, with padded covers and rounded corners, is perfect for little ones, and the heavy pages make it both durable and easy for toddlers to turn the pages. Renné Benoit’s soft watercolor illustrations, rendered in muted shades of blue, tan and sienna with pops of red, add charm to the story....Recommended.”—CM Magazine

“This picture book for ages one to three prepares a child for their first visit to a hairdresser or barber....I loved the illustrations by Benoit as well. The boy is so cute and his expressions are so relatable. A great book for any library or home collection.”—Canadian Bookworm

“The text is wonderfully spare – this would be a delightful pick for a baby or toddler time, where attention spans are often limited...Heras was a children’s librarian for 24 years, and it shows in her writing – she really knows what makes for a successful book for the littlest listeners. And as always, Benoit’s illustrations are charming...”—Raincity Librarian

“Heras shows how something a little scary becomes much easier with Daddy along to make it better....A cute story to share with kids that are worried about their first haircut.”—Mr. Alex’s Bookshelf

“The first haircut, or actually most haircuts for a young child, can be a scary experience. This is a good book to share with a child who might be nervous about getting a haircut.”—Mrs. Book Dragon


Other titles by Theo Heras

Other titles by Renné Benoit