I love hats! All kinds of hats! One of my favorite stories to read and to tell is Caps for Sale by Eshyr Slobodkina. It is timeless story about a cap peddler and some mischievous monkeys. This month we are celebrating all of the fun and important ways that we cover our heads. Here are some more books you may want to check out. 

Tiara’s Hat Parade by Kelly Starling Lyons

Tiara’s Hat Parade is the book that inspired our love of hats this month.  Tiara’s mother finds joy in making hats, especially fancy hats for special occasions, but when another store opens selling cheaper hats, her mother closes her business. Tiara, knowing her mother’s dream, helps find a creative way to bring her hat making back to life. Author Kelly Starling Lyons paints pictures with her words that are as beautiful as the pastel watercolors of Nicole Tadgell’s illustrations.  Visit the author’s webpage for coloring pages and activities to go with the book.

A little girl narrates this story in rhyme about all of the women in her life that wear hijab. The different ways to wear hijab’s are as varied as the women themselves. This is a wonderful book about strong women of all ages expressing who they are through what they wear. Each person inspires the little girl to explore who she will be one day. The author’s webpage has access to a wonderful teacher’s guide to go with this book.

Under My Hijab by Hena Khan
This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

This is Not My Hat opens with a tiny fish wearing a tiny hat that he admits he just stole! He stole it from a big fish! Tiny fish narrates the book, but Big fish tells the story through the illustrations. This book won the Caldecott Medal in 2013 and is a great book for making predictions and asking questions of young children. It is a part of a humorous “hat trilogy” of books including I Want My Hat Back and We Found a Hat.

Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid will enjoy the adventures of Clueless McGee. PJ McGee lives up to his nickname in this mystery of the missing hat. PJ’s dad sends him a cowboy hat that has been signed by the famous Junior Mick Fiddle. The hat and PJ get a lot of attention until the hat goes missing. Clues are everywhere, but of course PJ doesn’t see them and needs a lot of help from his friends to find the hat. Find out fun facts about the author, Jeff Mack, HERE.

Do you want to make your own hat to submit to the hat parade? Check out A Kid’s Guide to Awesome Duct Tape Projects. You can make a ball cap, Viking’s helmet, pirate hat, or a waterproof sun hat. Decorate your hat with flowers, bows, or even creatures all made out of duct tape. The only limit is your own imagination. Other clever ways to create hats can be found HERE

Many more books about fun hats can be found in the Youth Services Special Selections this month. Click HERE if you would like to find out more information about our Hat Parade during the month of April.

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