For Ages 5+
Alopecia means losing your hair. Maybe some of it. Maybe all of it. But what it doesn't mean is losing yourself. This young author has already learned a lot with the support of his mom and family. Many people have hair, but some don't. Stop staring and start caring. Then, you'll see the person inside (who's probably pretty awesome!).
Bergson Van (he/him) attends elementary school in Boston, Massachusetts. He enjoys drawing, biking, video games, plants & nature, hamsters, and dinosaurs! He hopes for a world that is both green and peaceful. Bergson’s mother, Karen Lee (she/her), is a pharmacist who enjoys medical writing, mentoring others, and spending time with her perfect family of 4.
Hardback Size: 8in. x 10in.
Printed in the USA
Designed in Portland, Oregon
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This book is an excellent resource for teachers, students, and parents! It provides helpful and educational information to readers while providing first hand knowledge and experience. I have had the pleasure of teaching this brave and exceptional young boy who demonstrated resilience and courage while dealing with differences in the transformative early years of school. His ability to convey his experiences, teach others, and provide awareness about alopecia is truly inspiring. This book will always be used as a resource for my classroom to incorporate awareness of differences and build social/emotional acceptance among all. It is a must read!
My daughter (9) has had alopecia since she was a little girl and she outgrew many of the children’s books about alopecia. But this book, she absolutely loved this book! Not only did the book generate conversation in our household about a condition we’ve had for years, the book humbly and subtly covers EVERYTHING someone with alopecia can relate to! From other adults assuming alopecia is cancer to girls with alopecia having it worse than boys and even reassuring ME, a worried mom, that it’s ok to not have the answers, that it’s ok NOT to keep looking for a ‘cure’ as long as my daughter is happy with who and where she is on her journey. Amazing. All the other books speak only to those with alopecia, while this book does that but also is aimed to reach many children who have no idea what alopecia is! It goes over the science, the speculations, the truths. I am a fan. I bought this for other family members wanting to learn more and spread awareness. Thank you, Bergson, for sharing your story!
I love "A Kids Book About Alopecia" by Bergson Van. I love this book for many reasons, but the main reason is because Bergson is just a kid and nailed it! He writes about many of the things the Children's Alopecia Project promotes. I always say it's about who you are and not what you have on your head, and if anyone has a problem with that, it's their problem, not yours. Bravo to Bergson and to the A Kids Co. team for writing and publishing this book and I am happy to announce this book is part of the Children's Alopecia Project Library Program!!
-Jeff Woytovich, Founder - Children's Alopecia Project