Yesterday, a respected colleague asked me what my favorite read-aloud for teaching character traits was. I didn't even have to think about it. By far, my favorite read-aloud for teaching character traits is Melissa Parkington's Beautiful, Beautiful Hair, by Pat Brisson. In this picture book, the protagonist dislikes being known only as the girl with the beautiful hair. As she struggles to find some other identity, the reader discovers that Melissa's true beauty lies on the inside, and that she is most beautiful when she donates her hair. I even gave a copy of this book to one of my nieces after she donated her hair to Locks of Love.