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Book Review: Bald is Beautiful helps children cope with cancer

A colorful illustration shows a young girl without hair and her puppy primping in front of a mirror

Book Details for Bald is Beautiful 

Title: Bald is Beautiful: A Letter from a Fabulous Girl

Author: Carola Schmidt

Illustrator: Dan Ovieta

Genre: Picture Book

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A colorful illustration from the book shows smiling children

About the Author

Carola Schmidt is a pediatric oncology pharmacist, as well as the author of children’s books about cancer and scientific books for Springer Nature. She is in the BookAuthority list of “81 Best Leukemia Books of All Time” with Chubby’s Tale: The true story of a teddy bear who beat cancer. She is also the author of the Babushka Series, which makes subjects as Holodomor and belonging simple for kids.

About the Illustrator:


Dian Ovieta is a children’s book illustrator who is really in love with anything about children’s world.

My Review

It is a sad fact that people of all ages get cancer; however, Bald is Beautiful  by Carola Schmidt, a pediatric oncology pharmacist, is a little ray of sunshine that can help children process a difficult diagnosis. Although the book was created for children, it has a powerful message that can inspire people of all ages with hope.

The bright and colorful pictures are sure to capture the attention of little ones. The text is also written in a way that is clear, concise, and easy to understand. The words are positive, affirming, and powerful: You are beautiful just the way you are. Bald is beautiful. 

The book also offers some practical advice for people dealing with the side effects of cancer treatment. It encourages children to consider having a scarf/hat party, where their friends and loved ones can show them support by showering them beautiful scarves and hats. This is a lovely idea that I will remember for the future.

In my line of work, I’m always on the lookout for books that I can have in my personal library that will help me explain tough concepts to children. Although I do not have children of my own,  I often find myself planning for Sunday School or Children’s Messages. Bald is Beautiful would make a wonderful addition to a church’s library.


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