Books are fun and entertaining (in our house, we like them even more than toys). They are also useful for sparking your child's imagination and for preparing your child to learn how to read. Finally, books can also be extremely helpful in teaching "life lessons" to kids. Reading about "issues" that affect your child's life (potty training, manners, bedtime, going to the doctor, etc.) can be a great way to calm your toddler's fears and to answer questions that might be floating about in their little minds.
If you have a little girl who needs a haircut, but who is frightened by the thought of it or who is just plain obstinate about the whole thing, then you might want to consider reading Hattie, Get A Haircut!, written by Jenna Glatzer and illustrated by Monica Kendall.
Hattie, Get A Haircut! (Moo Press, 2005) stars Hattie, a blonde-haired preschooler who says that she will, "never, no way, NOT AT ALL, let someone cut [her] hair!" In the story, Hattie falls asleep and dreams that her hair grows longer and longer until poor Hattie can't play or even see through her bangs - and animals eventually take up residence in her hair! When she wakes up, Hattie tells her parents that she does indeed want to get her haircut, after all - and the experience ends up being fun (she even gets to donate her hair to a child who needs it).
The book has rhyming text (I love rhyming text!) and fun illustrations. There are between 2 and 8 lines per page. It's probably ideal for the 2-6 age range, but littler ones and older ones will likely enjoy it too.
What's your favorite children's book that teaches a "lesson"?