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Kellen’s big beard book success!

Four years after its release, Kellen Roggenbuck has sold more than 10,000 copies of his beard book for children, My Dad Has a Beard. That’s a great achievement!

Bearded dad Roggenbuck reports that his son Levi was the reason why he wrote this fun little book that came out in 2017. It turns out that Roggenbuck’s son isn’t the only youngster who is a fan of My Dad has a Beard. Building on the first book’s success, Roggenbuck has authored and illustrated another beard book and a number of non-beard books for children. Read on to learn more about his success in children’s publishing that all started with his beard!

Kellen's big beard book success: Kellen and son read My Dad Has a Beard
Kellen and his son Levi enjoy reading My Dad Has a Beard. Here they are seen together with the hardcopy edition of the book.

How do you feel about achieving sales of 10,000 beard books?

Selling 10,000 books is unreal. I had no idea this was going to be as popular as it has been, and it leaves me in awe, really.

Is 10,000 the combined total for both beard books?

My Dad Has a Beard, has sold 10,000 copies. The follow-up Great Beards of History hasn’t sold nearly as many. They are both about a bearded dad, but the original just caught on like wildfire!

How many books do you have out now?

  • My Dad Has a Beard: This was my first book, originally created as a gift for my son. It’s my most popular and well-known book. It’s a baby explaining about his father’s beard and why it’s so great.
  • Great Beards of History: A follow-up to My Dad Has a Beard, this is a collection of historical and pop culture icons with beards, listing silly facts and pictures. Sprinkled in between are facts about the narrator’s bearded dad and how he’s great, too.
  • The Awkward Dinosaurs: This is a colorful, super-silly book about made-up dinosaur species that are odd and awkward, but totally secure in who they are. The lesson is to be who you are and own it!
  • My Mom is Always Right: Meant to be a loose companion book to My Dad Has a Beard, this story is about a mom and daughter where the daughter is highlighting all the funny and meaningful lessons her mom has taught her over the years.
  • Off To Be Pirates: An Owl Story: This is a story of some baby owls in the Midwest who dream about being pirates, even though they are nowhere near an ocean, and learn about thinking things through and being satisfied being owls, which is actually pretty great.
  • Hard Working Mermaids: This, my newest book, is about mermaids who have traditionally non-feminine jobs under the sea. Filled with fun illustrations and ocean puns, this book’s lesson is you can be whatever you want and do whatever you want, regardless of gender.

Kellen's big beard book success: Author Kellen Roggenbuck proudly shows off his books
Proud author Kellen shows off the current set of children’s books he has written and illustrated.

Did the non-beard books come out after the beard books?

My first book was My Dad Has a Beard. The non-beard books came later. They are for those beardless parents and children to enjoy, too!

What was your inspiration for the non-beard books?

I write books to be funny enough to read every night for a week or two, since that’s what we do in my house with my son, and to have a positive message I wish more people taught their children. The inspiration for my non-beard books are self-love, being proud of who you are, and not letting people limit your potential.

Back to the beard books, what kind of feedback have you gotten from kids, moms, dads, and anyone else?

Parents seem to love the books because they are silly and offbeat, quirky enough to enjoy reading multiple times. Kids like the colorful pictures and the silliness, too. The beard books make great gifts, so many of the sales actually come from non-bearded people, and often non-parents.

What’s the funniest thing that’s happened as a result of writing your beard books?

My son still is funny about reading his “dad book”, even though I don’t look like the cover as much these days. I cut much of my beard off to wear a mask during Covid, and my son asked me if I had to make a new book now. That seems like a lot of work, to write a new version with every new beard style I wear…

How did you learn to create the illustrations for your book? Did you have prior experience as an artist or designer?

I illustrate my books on the computer. I’m 100% self-taught. Fifteen years ago, a friend and I had this notion we were going to get rich making t-shirts and one of us had to learn how to use this program my friend bought on eBay. That never really panned out, but I use my graphic skills in my everyday work and doing the odd graphic design job for friends. Illustrating is a different process for sure, but was a blast to figure out!

Can we expect any more beard books from you?

This truly is the question! Someday I may finish out a trilogy with something like The ABCs of Beards or something, but I haven’t started anything just yet. I hope the beard style stays strong enough to make it worth doing since I think that book would be pretty silly and fun to put together.

Is there anything else we should know about?

If you are thinking about picking up a book for Father’s Day or Christmas for your bearded friend, husband, dad, brother, or celebrity crush, I’d suggest getting both on a leap of faith — Great Beards of History is my favorite beard book and is often overlooked. The two make a great pair. They both celebrate bearded dads and are fun to read.


All of Kellen’s books are available for sale on Amazon. Click or tap on the following image to buy My Dad Has a Beard:

Click or tap on the following image to buy Great Beards of History! on Amazon:

While on Amazon’s pages for his beard books, click on Kellen’s name to see links to his non-beard books.

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My dad has a beard!

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Great beards of history!

Photo appear courtesy of Kellen Roggenbuck.


Great beards of history!

Bearded dad and author Kellen Roggenbuck is back with another beard book for children: Great Beards of History! Like his first book, My Dad Has a Beard, this paperback is under thirty pages and is colorfully illustrated with humorous drawings created by Roggenbuck himself. In this book, Roggenbuck presents a diverse selection of bearded figures from history, including bearded luminaries such as Mr. T and Abraham Lincoln. Funny tidbits accompany the drawings of each bearded icon to tell the story.

In addition to highlighting a number of famous beards, a secondary theme running through the book promotes dear old bearded dad as a famous beard hero as well. This reflects the message from Roggenbuck’s My Dad Has a Beard book. While both boys and girls should enjoy My Dad Has a Beard, Great Beards of History! is geared to appeal more to both girls and boys equally. All children should find this lighthearted look at great beards of history to be funny and entertaining.

Dad and author Kellen Roggenbuck shows off his new book Great Beards of History!
Dad and author Kellen Roggenbuck shows off his new book Great Beards of History!

The first reason that led Roggenbuck to create Great Beards of History! was his desire to create a more diverse beard book for children. The author explains, “This new book deals with beards from different time periods, different countries, different races, and even different genders. There’s a little beard for everyone. Second, I wanted to explore the sentiment that to our kids, we are all famous, remarkable people because we are their dads and that’s such an amazing, cool thing.”

I asked Roggenbuck about the kind of feedback he’s gotten on both books from parents and kids he knows. He replied, “The feedback has been incredible — I could never have imagined how far reaching this book would be and the outpouring of love and gratitude for My Dad Has a Beard. The overall reaction to the new book is that it’s a great book to laugh at and parents have really appreciated it at bedtime. Especially that 6th night of reading the same book over and over…”

Still a confirmed beard enthusiast, Roggenbuck reports that his beard continues to grow right along. He is looking forward to his first time to participate in a beard competition this year. He plans to compete in a local competition in September.

Great Beards of History! gives kids a fun look at a variety of bearded historic figures and fosters an appreciation for a local beard hero: Dad.


Don’t delay. Order your copy today! Great Beards of History! is now available on Amazon. Click or tap on the following image to buy your copy on Amazon:

My Dad Has a Beard is available on Amazon, too. Click or tap on the following image to buy yours on Amazon:

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Photos appear courtesy of Kellen Roggenbuck.

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My dad has a beard!

Find the perfect last-minute gift for any bearded man

Introducing the All About Beards storefront on Amazon

All about beards | beards.org has a new storefront on Amazon!  The storefront features a selection of inexpensive gift items that any bearded man will appreciate.  Items selected are big or even best sellers on Amazon or are of special interest to bearded men.  Shopping at the All About Beards store on Amazon helps support the beards.org site at no extra cost to you.  Thank you!

You can find the All About Beards storefront on Amazon here: All About Beards Storefront on Amazon.


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Farewell to a beard trimmer

Choose the right beard trimmer and it may serve you well for a very long time.   Even great beard trimmers eventually fail.  When a trusted beard trimmer finally quits working, it’s not a welcome development.  Today they don’t make ’em like they used to, as I would discover.

Selecting the best beard trimmer

When I set out to buy a beard trimmer many years ago, I wanted to buy the best one that I could find.  I compared multiple brands and had no bias for or against any specific brand.  The one I chose was the Norelco T900 Beard and Moustache Trimmer with Acu-Control System.  What year was this?  I’m not sure, but the date on the manual is 2001.  The T900 was a new model at that time.

The trusty Norelco T900 beard trimmer is seen here with the detachable trimming guard and the power cord.


The most important thing when shopping for a beard trimmer is to always consider which features are important to you.  Some of the T900’s  main features include: 

  • rechargeable battery without need for a charging stand
  • cordless or corded operation
  • detachable and adjustable trimming guard / guide comb
  • pop-up mustache trimmer
  • no lubrication or other maintenance needed
  • easy to clean

Not pictured above, the T900 also came with a cleaning brush and a case. Beard trimmers today offer a greater variety of features. Those listed above for the T900 were most of the important features available at that time and most of them are still key features of today’s models.

The T900's pop-up mustache trimmer is shown here in the extended position.
Here the T900’s pop-up mustache trimmer is in the extended position, ready for use.  This small trimmer makes mustache trimming a breeze.

When a great beard trimmer goes bad

Because the T900 was so easy to use and it was maintenance-free in addition to doing a great job, I never felt the need to replace it with the latest and greatest.  A few years ago, the battery stopped holding a charge.  Undeterred, I kept using it with the cord plugged in.

This year, however, it finally quit working even with the cord plugged in.  It would not turn on.  So after about seventeen years of faithful service, the T900’s long run was over.  It was finally time to search for a new beard trimmer.  What I wanted was to find another one just like the T900.  The story of how I selected a replacement will appear in an upcoming post.


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My dad has a beard!

My Dad Has a Beard is a new children’s book that’s great for father/son bonding over dad’s beard. The book tells a cute story about how cool it is to have a dad with a beard. While the book is perfect for young boys, daddy’s little girls will probably enjoy the book, too. At twenty-two pages, the story is fun and easy to read. The illustrations are perfect for the story. Kids will love the whimsical drawings in bright, vivid colors.

Author Kellen Roggenbuck with his book My Dad Has a Beard
Author and dad Kellen Roggenbuck shows off his new children’s book My Dad Has a Beard.

Not surprisingly, author Kellen Roggenbuck is a beard enthusiast. He grew his first beard as soon as he could, which was at age nineteen. Ever since then, he has sported one form of beard or another except for one time. That was for his honeymoon, to allow his wife one opportunity to see him beardless. Neither of them liked the beardless Kellen. So the beard came back to stay.

While his wife was an expectant mother, Kellen grew a “yeard” — letting the beard grow essentially untrimmed for a full year. In recent years, Kellen’s been keeping a longer beard. So Kellen’s son has only known his dad as having a big beard.

About the book, Kellen explains, “The book was a sort of side project that came from funny experiences with my own son and wanting to try my hand at illustrating. I created the illustrations myself with hopes of having the book be colorful, fun, and enjoyable to read for both parents and children.”

My Dad Has a Beard is perfect for any bearded dad with a young son or a bearded granddad with a young grandson. The book might even manage to convince a beardless dad to grow his beard!


My Dad Has a Beard is available on Amazon. Click or tap on the following image to buy your copy today:

Also available on Amazon is Kellen Roggenbuck’s second beard book for children. Click or tap on the following image to buy your copy today:

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Photos appear courtesy of Kellen Roggenbuck.

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Great beards of history!

Of beards and men

Of Beards and Men by Christopher Oldstone-Moore

Although this book by Christopher Oldstone-Moore on the history of facial hair came out in December of last year, I’ve not yet had the opportunity to read it.  I will now be reading it a time or two and will write a proper review of the book.  Meanwhile, if you are curious to learn more right now, take a look at the book on Amazon using the link below. The book is now available in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle versions.


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