J.D. and the Great Barber Battle

By J. Dillard, Akeem S. Roberts (illustrator),

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Eight-year-old J.D. turns a tragic home haircut into a thriving barber business in this hilarious new illustrated chapter book series

J.D. has a big problem--it's the night before the start of third grade and his mom has just given him his first and worst home haircut. When the steady stream…

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Third-grader J.D. has the entrepreneurial and problem-solving spirit I adore. Great at cutting hair, he starts a barbershop in his bedroom! But when the town barbershop loses business because J.D’s charging less than they do, they challenge him to a barber battle. The story made me laugh out loud and cheer for J.D.

From Heather's list on kids starting businesses.

J.D. is a spunky boy who discovers he has a surprising gift. It turns out he’s a genius barber. This isn’t exactly the dream of every eight-year-old boy, but who am I to judge the likelihood of a child hairstyling prodigy? Okay. The plot is implausible. Still, I loved J.D and his brassy confidence. Best of all, J.D. is a Black kid surrounded by all Black characters—a rarity in early chapter books, especially books for boys. A bonus is that the book is loaded with lively illustrations by Akeem Roberts. His use of lighting to bring out the depth and…

From Janelle's list on with diverse and spunky characters.

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