Who is Jd the Kid Barber
“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 of insults from the entire student body of Douglass Elementary becomes too much for J.D., he takes matters into his own hands and discovers that, unlike his mom, he’s a genius with the clippers. His work makes him the talk of the town and brings him enough hair business to open a barbershop from his bedroom. But when Henry Jr., the owner of the only official local barbershop, realizes he’s losing clients to J.D., he tries to shut him down for good. How do you find out who’s the best barber in all of Meridian, Mississippi? With a GREAT BARBER BATTLE!”
The JD book series has won multiple awards, including the School Library Journal Best Books of 2021, the New York Public Library Best Books of 2021, the Chicago Public Library Beat Books of 2021, a 2022 NCTE Charlotte Huck Award Honor Book, shortlisted for the Iris Award 2022, and recipient of the Texas Bluebonnet Masterlist 2022-2023.
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“Follow Your Clippers” is my motto because my clippers help lead me to where I am today “
J. Dillard known as “JD” in the industry, started cutting his own hair at the age of 10 after getting haircuts from his mother. After trials and tribulations, JD started to professionally cut hair in 1999 and became a shop owner while attending college at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama shortly after that.
Akeem S Roberts is an illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in media arts, moving to NYC quickly thereafter to pursue a career in art. Over the past 8 years, he has honed his skills to visually tell stories in both print and animation. He currently works at Holler Studios as an associate director, and he freelances for The New Yorker as a cartoonist. His comic debut was in the Regular show special with BOOM Studios, and most recently he’s worked with Hasbro on issue 98 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. In 2021 Akeem participated in Cartooning While Black, an art gallery show that discusses racial relations in a playful and charming way, along with other Black New Yorker cartoonists in Manhattan.