13 Fun Children’s Books About Hats

Here are 13 Children’s books about hats that young kids will love.

Children’s Books About Hats

Hats are such fun accessories. They also make great dress-up props. My kids love hats and will be caught wearing one at any given time.

Last week, my kids made their own hats using one of the books listed below. I shared photos of a few of their creations this week on Instagram. 

It was so fun that I thought I would share with you the other hat books that we picked up at the library. We had a few more, but these children’s books about hats were the best of what we found.

Hat by Paul Hoppe


This charming book by Paul Hoppe is about a boy named Henry who happens to find a hat while out on a walk with his mother. 

He imagines all of the wonderful things that he can do with this newfound object and asks his mother if he can take it home with him.

His mother uses a genius, yet gentle way to convince him to leave the hat there for the owner. 

This children’s book about hats is a great tool that you can use to teach children about empathy.

I Am A Woolly Hat by Salma Koraytem 

I Am A Woolly Hat (Early Reader)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • French, Vivian (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 64 Pages - 09/05/2013 (Publication Date) - Orion Children's Books (Publisher)

Basma only has one question, “What is LOVE?”

In this, early reader, Basma wants to find out what love is. She wonders if it could be a shape, a color, or maybe even a flavor. Whatever it is, she has to find out.

Basma asks her mother, but what her mother has to say puzzles her so she asks her grandparents. It then dawns on her what love is and she proceeds to run around the house telling each member of the family what love is.

She concludes that she is a woolly hat. 

This isn’t really a children’s book about hats at all. It is about love and has a wonderful message for young readers. 

Shall I Knit You a Hat?: A Christmas Yarn by Kate Klise

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Shall I Knit You a Hat?: A Christmas Yarn
  • Hardcover Book
  • Klise, Kate (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 10/01/2004 (Publication Date) - Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (Publisher)

This children’s book about hats is a charming Christmas book all about the joy of giving. 

Mother Rabbit hears on the radio that a blizzard is expected to blow their way. Her son is concerned that his ears will be cold, so his mother decides to knit him a hat while he is at school.

He is so thrilled to receive this new hat but then he thinks about the blizzard and his friends. They will all need hats, too.

Mother Rabbit is a mother after my own heart because she knits all of the friends a hat. This is no small feat either. All of Little Rabbit’s friends come in various shapes and sizes.

It is a great story about concern for others and sharing, but most of all, it is about spending time together.

The Magic Hat Shop by Sonja Wimmer

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The Magic Hat Shop
  • Cuento de Luz SL
  • Hardcover Book
  • Wimmer, Sonja (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 11/15/2016 (Publication Date) - Cuento de Luz (Publisher)

The illustrations in this book are whimsical and enchanting. The story is a tale of what happens when a hat shop mysteriously appears in the main square of a small town.

The hats in the shop seem to be magical. Timid Tim is the first one to go in and when he comes out, he is a new person. He is confident and cheerful.

Little by little, the townspeople go in and come back out with a hat that makes them a changed person, a better person.

And then one day, the hat shop is blown away and all of the hats are blown away, too. At first, the townspeople are afraid that everything will go back to the way it was before.

The people of the town soon realize their true self-worth and that the real magic lies indeed within each of them.

Red Hat by Lita Judge

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Red Hat
  • Hardcover Book
  • Judge, Lita (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages - 03/05/2013 (Publication Date) - Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

The red hat is a silly picture book about a bear, some animals, and a red hat that the bear finds hanging on the clothesline. Preschool children will love this almost wordless sequel to Red Sled. The animals are very silly and their antics result in a long red string in place of the hat. The book is a collection of vibrant, fun illustrations, and funny sound effects. It is a book that can be read over and over.

The Queen’s Hat by Steve Antony

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The Queen's Hat
  • Scholastic Press
  • Hardcover Book
  • Antony, Steve (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 08/25/2015 (Publication Date) - Scholastic Press (Publisher)

The Queen’s hat is a delightful children’s book about not just any hat, it’s about the Queen’s hat.

It is an adorable book that incorporates the major landmarks of London in a creative and whimsical way. The Queen’s hat is blown off her head and the adventure begins.

You will never guess where the hat ends up? The ending is so sweet and unexpected. You will have to check this one out at the library to find out. I can’t spoil every book on the list.

Apparently, there is a sequel to this book called The Queen’s Handbag. I am going to have to check it out of the library and see if the reviews are right and that it is better than The Queen’s Hat.

Have you read either book? Do you have a preference?

Harold Loves His Woolly Hat by Vern Kousky

Harold Loves His Woolly Hat
  • Hardcover Book
  • Kousky, Vern (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages - 12/11/2018 (Publication Date) - Schwartz & Wade (Publisher)

But what will happen to Harold now that the crow stole his woolly hat? How will anyone know that he is special?

Harold is determined to get his woolly hat back. He desperately tries to get his woolly hat back by giving the crow all sorts of things in exchange. But the crow won’t give him back his hat.

Determined to get his hat back, Harold climbs the tree with the nest that is holding his hat. When he climbs up to the tippy top, he sees three baby crows!

He realizes that his hat is keeping the baby crows warm and tells himself that he is special even without his woolly hat. Harold is a helpful bear.

This children’s book about hats teaches selflessness and caring in a sweet and charming way. You can’t help but fall in love with Harold.

Mr. Brown’s Fantastic Hat by Ayano Imai

Mr. Brown's Fantastic Hat
  • Hardcover Book
  • Imai, Ayano (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 09/01/2014 (Publication Date) - mineditionUS (Publisher)

Mr. Brown is a bear with no friends. He tells himself that it is better that way, but he is secretly lonely until some birds move into his hat. 

This beautifully illustrated children’s book about hats looks at the theme of friendship and what it means to be a friend.

The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects by Paul B. Janeczko

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The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects
  • Janeczko, Paul B. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 80 Pages - 03/06/2018 (Publication Date) - Candlewick (Publisher)

The Death of the Hat isn’t a book about hats at all. It is a collection of poems about objects illustrated in simple watercolor.

Since many of the poems are quite long, I wouldn’t recommend this as much for younger children. If you are looking for longer poems, then this book is pretty good.

I find poetry is very much like art in that, some pieces resonate more with some than they do with others. Some of my kids like the poems in this book and other kids aren’t fans.

The poetry in this book is organized by time period. There are poems from the middle-ages through modern times. Each poem is about a different object.

The Hat by Jan Brett 

The Hat
  • (Library Binding)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Brett, Jan (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 09/29/1997 (Publication Date) - G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

The Hat by Jan Brett is one of our favorite wintertime children’s books about hats. I have a soft spot for hedgehogs because I had a pet hedgehog back in my early twenties.

The main character, Hedgie the hedgehog, finds one of Lisa’s woolen stockings that has blown from the clothesline and it gets stuck in his prickles. All of the other animals make fun of his hat until the end when Hedgie gets the last laugh. 

This charming book has lovely illustrations and a story that is sure to make the children laugh.

If you are a knitter, you may not know, but Interweave Knits Magazine included a pattern for Lisa’s stocking in their 2016 Holiday edition. You can find the stocking knitting pattern still available on their website. 

Mrs. Honey’s Hat by Pam Adams

Mrs Honey's Hat
  • Child s Play International
  • Pam Adams (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 08/01/2007 (Publication Date) - Child's Play (Publisher)

This book is a great hit with toddlers and preschool children. Mrs. Honey has an eccentric and heavily decorated hat. 

The animals steal from her hat and by the end of the week, she has an entirely different hat.

Mrs. Honey’s Hat is a great story to teach sequencing and memory. This book is so popular that you can buy a story-telling Mrs. Honey doll that comes with removable felt hat decorations. 

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A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love by Michelle Edwards

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A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love
  • Schwartz & Wade Books
  • Hardcover Book
  • Edwards, Michelle (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages - 10/11/2016 (Publication Date) - Schwartz & Wade (Publisher)

Out of all of the children’s books about hats, A Hat for Mrs. Goldman is my favourite. 

Mrs. Goldman is Sophia’s next-door neighbor. She has been knitting hats for Sophia since she was a baby. She even knit a dinosaur sweater for her dog, Fifi. But Mrs. Goldman doesn’t have a hat, she gave it to Mrs. Chen.

Sophia is worried about Mrs. Goldman because it is so icy cold outside and she is too busy knitting for everyone else. Sophia decides that she will knit a hat for Mrs. Goldman.

However, this isn’t as easy as she would like it to be. Sophia is such a sweet and charming little girl who doesn’t give up on her quest to make a hat for Mrs. Goldman. 

I won’t give away the whole story because I really want you to read this one. Pick it up from the library, you won’t be sad that you did.

The Paper Hat Book: Super Hats for Super Kids by Alyn Carlson

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The Paper Hat Book: Super Hats for Super Kids
  • Carlson, Alyn (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 128 Pages - 09/15/2014 (Publication Date) - Quarry Books (Publisher)

Making hats can be so much fun. I like to share my love of handmade things here, but I realize that not everyone is as crazy about knitting and sewing as I am.

This book is perfect for those who want to be creative without having to learn a new skill. If you can cut, fold, and glue paper then you are good to go!

The instructions in this book are very detailed and easy to follow, even for older children. They also serve as a great jump-off point for really creative kids to come up with their own creations.

This is the book that my children used to make their own creations that I mentioned at the beginning of this post. My teen-aged son made a wild little hat for his wild 2-year-old sister. The boys made warrior masks and had a blast. 

These hats would serve as a great ‘Fun Friday project or could be used to change things up when your day isn’t going as planned and you need to do something to get your sanity back.

Do your children enjoy reading a stack of books that have a common theme such as the children’s books about hats stack above? If you enjoyed this post, leave a comment below. Let me know if I missed any of your favorite ‘hat’ books.

Last update on 2022-05-16 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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