Written by Tamara B. Rodriguez and illustrated by Carole A. Smith, Hair to the Queen! is a children's picture book written to help parents introduce cancer to their children in a simple, compassionate way.
Hair to the Queen! is told in the voice of seven-year-old Corazon as she prepares for a costume party to celebrate her birthday. Corazon's mother is battling cancer and wears a wig after losing her hair. With the help of her father, sister, and friends, Corazon uses her birthday celebration as an opportunity to plan a special surprise for her courageous mom.
Mrs. Rodriguez wrote Hair to the Queen! after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 when she was 35 years old. She wanted to talk about the disease with her two young daughters, but struggled to find the right words. This book is meant to help other families start the conversation in a fearless way.