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Hats! And More Hats!

Hats from around the world, family stories, hats for cats (or not?), hats knitted with love, funny stories about hats, hats for friends, and more hat tales in these picture books for kids.

A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story about Knitting and Love

By: Michelle Edwards
Illustrated by: G. Brian Karas
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When Sophie was born, her neighbor made Sophie a hat. Now that Sophie is big, she makes pom-poms for Mrs. Goldman’s hats. Sophie then makes a very special hat for Mrs. Goldman especially for when they walk the dog, Fifi. Instructions for hat-making are included at the end of this charming story of friendship.

Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later)

By: Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
Illustrated by: James Ransome
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When they visit their favorite relative, Aunt Flossie, Sara and Susan enjoy her collection of hats and their many stories as they share tea, cookies, and crab cakes.

Caps for Sale

By: Esphyr Slobodkina
Genre: Fiction, Fairytales, Folk Tales, and Tall Tales
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A traveling peddler takes a nap under a tree and wakes up to find his hats on the heads of monkeys on the branches overhead. How he retrieves his hats is real monkey business in this colorful, repetitious classic.

Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau

By: Andrea Beaty
Illustrated by: David Roberts
Genre: Fiction, Poetry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Madame Chapeau makes the perfect hat for each of her customers but she herself remains quite lonely. That is, until a young girl makes the ideal chapeau for Madame Chapeau. Illustrations are fun and worth looking at again and again as they are an homage to haute couture. 

Cover for picture book Hats Are Not for Cats

Hats Are Not for Cats

By: Jacqueline Rayner
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Are hats for cats? Not according to a large dog that goes on to declare that no hats, big or small are simply “… not for cats at all.” The lively descriptions of all kinds of hats (pirate or party, silly or frilly) are accompanied by equally jaunty illustrations that convey not only action but cat and dog emotions finally affirming that “Hats are for everyone!”

Hip, Hip ... Beret!

By: Melanie Ellsworth
Illustrated by: Morena Forza
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Bella’s beret from her Grand-pere blows off her head landing on different animals and people until Bella finds it again in the spring. Short rhymes introduce each head, including a flamingo dancer who exclaims, “hip hip, Ole!” The fuzzy red beret just right for touching on the cover and when it’s on Bella’s head adds a playful dimension.

Hooray for Hat!

By: Brian Won
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A surprise box is delivered to the very grumpy Elephant. In it, he discovers a host of hats which he shares with his animal friends to improve their grumpiness, too. Flat forms on open pages make this a true celebration of friendship — and hats!

Jennie's Hat

By: Ezra Keats
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Jennie's favorite aunt is sending her a new hat, and Jennie is sure it will be beautiful. But when the box arrives, the hat inside is very plain. She had imagined a wonderful hat with big colorful flowers and even tries to make her own hat from a straw basket! Jennie is almost ready to give up on her dream when she receives a fanciful surprise from some very special friends.

Magritte's Marvelous Hat

By: D.B. Johnson
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Meet Magritte who "One bright day in the dark of the night," saw a "marvelous hat" that became his inspiration and friend. Johnson's illustrations are inspired by the 20th century surrealist painter Rene Magritte (though here the artist is a canine). This visually sophisticated book introduces young artists to a unique master.

The Queen’s Hat

The Queen’s Hat

By: Steve Antony
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Visit some of London’s landmarks as the palace guards chase down the queen’s hat that the wind blew off her head. Royal head and hat are reunited after the jaunt shared on open pages that use strong line and dashes of color for a regal read.

This Is Not My Hat

By: Jon Klassen
Genre: Fiction, Mystery
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The narrator, a very small fish, snitches a much larger fish's hat and hides out where he thinks no one can see him. The wordless conclusion is humorous and satisfying in this stylized, expressively illustrated book sure to generate conversations among readers. (2013 Caldecott Medal Winner)

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