This page includes details of some fiction which is either specifically about alopecia, feature a character with hair loss or may be inspiring to those with visible differences. If you have read a book, which is not featured below, that you think would help others with alopecia, please let us know.
With her 'bird's nest' hair, Daisy Waterhouse has never been as pretty as her favourite pictures. But when that hair starts to fall out by the handful, she has no idea how difficult life will become. Starting afresh in a new town is hard enough without her dad. Her best friend is in Australia, and for Tamsin next-door, being seen with Daisy isn't good for a model girl's image.
Baldness is hard to hide, and the school bully is on hand to make it impossible. It's only in her diary that she reveals her true feelings, but deep down Daisy knows there are only so many secrets she can keep. When she meets Flame the eco-activist, weekends by the Thames bring freedom and friendship along with surprises, headlines and new battles to fight. With unexpected help - from George, an off-the-wall loner, and a stranded baby whale - Daisy is determined to hold her head high. But it takes a lot more courage than she could ever have imagined.
Ten-year-old girls don't wear wigs. So why is Anya wearing one? That's what Keely wants to know. But when Anya's wig falls off in front of the whole class, Keely realises what she really wants is to help Anya, even though she's not sure how - and even if it means she'll have to do something she's afraid of: stand up to her friends.
As for Anya, she just wants her hair to grow back, but no one can tell her whether it will. How can she learn to accept her disease when she can't even look in the mirror?
Fairest of Them All
Author: Jan Blazanin
Year of Publication: 2009
If life were a fairy tale, Oribella Bettencourt would have a "happily ever after" kind of future ahead of her. A Hollywood producer has come to Des Moines in search of a perfectly modern Princess Rapunzel, and Ori -a model, dancer, and star of the beauty pageant circuit - lands the part. And why shouldn't she? With her hardworking, self-sacrificing mother guiding her career, Ori is stunning, dedicated, poised......and then there's her hair. Breathtakingly lustrous blonde hair that sets her apart from all other girls at school. So what if she doesn't have any friends her age, or anyone to talk to other than her mother? She's on the verge of everything she's ever dreamed of. But in this fairy tale, the beautiful princess wakes up to her worst nightmare - when almost overnight, Ori begins to lose her hair.....
A short rhyming story about a hedgehog with no spikes.
From the author: "I was inspired to write Harriet the Hedgehog when niece Megan and Gracie were diagnosed with leukaemia in September 2009. Their strength, determination and courage has been inspirational and I am pleased to say they are not happy and healthy eight year olds. This book is written for them at a time in their lives when they did look a little different from the other children at school. I hope you enjoy it and find some comfort from Harriet's experience."
Comment from Alopecia UK's Amy Johnson: "I think the illustrations in this short story are really sweet and that Harriet is one of the most beautiful little hedgehogs I've ever seen!"
Author: Rebecca Dawe
Year of Publication: 2016
Aimed at children aged 4 to 7, Hairless Harri follows the story of seven-year-old Harri, who’s shunned by classmates at her new school. At first, they all refuse to play with her but she soon wins over the boys with her epic football skills – not to mention the fact she’s brave enough to hold her brother’s pet tarantula. And before long the girls who thought Harri was weird realise how kind and talented she is with her amazing hair creations and multi-coloured wig. By the end of the story, Harri is the most popular girl in the school.
Featuring colourful illustrations, the book gives a strong message that differences should be celebrated and not feared.
Eleven-year old Herman is not that different from other boys - except that he's going bald. Presented with this dilemma, Herman uses his fertile imagination and a comical viewpoint on life to navigate through the rough seas commonly known as growing up and in the process teaches everyone something about friendship, courage, acceptance - and love.
It's Okay to Be Different
Author: Todd Parr
Year of Publication: 2009
Not so much a book about alopecia, but rather a book about accepting differences in each other. This book is aimed at small children and inspires them to embrace their individuality through acceptance of others and self-confidence.
With colourful and fun illustrations, the book includes simple statements about lots of things that are okay including "It's okay to wear glasses", "It's okay to be a different colour" and "It's okay to have no hair".
Author: Yaacov Petersil
Year of Publication: 1999
Alopecia always stars as Princess Rapunzel in the Rapunzel Festival. After all, she has the longest, most beautiful hair of anyone in the town. But one day, Alo -as that's what her friends call her - finds a clump of hair on her pillow. Slowly at first, then more rapidly, Alo loses her hair, and her chance to play Princess Rapunzel.
Ms Kinder, Alo's teacher, realises what is happening to Alo. She calls a class meeting, and presents a unique and wonderful way to make Alo feel better.
(Please note this story is out of print but copies can occasionally be found on eBay or Amazon)
The Curse of the Fates
Author: Sydney Olson
Year of Publication: 2014
How could this be? What's going on? Lottie couldn't believe what she was seeing. She saw her beautiful tresses lying on her pillow. She felt her velvety smooth scalp beneath her fingers. Why would the Fates do such a thing? What kind of curse is this? What did she do wrong to deserve this curse?
From the author: "I currently have lost all my hair to alopecia and have had to deal with the psychological and social effects it has had. I know how hard it is to be a girl and to slowly lose your hair. I hope to be a general practitioner one day and be able to share and show empathy with my patients. I hope when you read this book you can share in my feelings and the happiness when you truly find yourself through alopecia".
The Serpent House
Author: Bea Davenport
Year of Publication: 2014
Twelve-year-old Annie is invited to Hexer Hall to work as a servant for the mysterious Lady Hexer. Carvings of snakes are everywhere and when Annie touches one, she travels back in time to when the Hall was a leper hospital, run by a sinister doctor with a collection of terrifying serpents.
Annie never wants to return, but Lady Hexer demands she finds a way to steal the doctor's book of magical cures. She promises it will rid the world of disease, including tuberculosis, which killed Annie's mother.
Summoning all her courage, Annie travels back in time again....
(The central character in this book, Annie, has alopecia)
Author: Aaron J. Ratzlaff
Year of Publication: 2011
Porcupine loves her life. She's surrounded by friends who listen to her clever stories, and she has a body full of shiny quills that she brushes each night. But one day Porcupine's quills begin to fall out in handfuls - and nothing can be done.
Porcupine's happiness quickly turns to confusion and fear. Sad and embarrassed, Porcupine tries to cover the bald spots and hides out at home. She believes no none can love a porcupine without quills. Then her friend Giraffe stops by with a special gift and a message of acceptance.