To misquote a popular holiday movie, “The best way to spread cheer is giving hats for all to wear.” Hooray for Hat, one of the best read aloud and picture books of 2014 (according to the Huffington Post and NPR), has definitely made a statement with me. This cheerful book easily captures the eye due to its huge, bold text and bright illustrations. The story involves six animal friends who all seem to be having a grumpy day, but with the simple gesture of giving to one another, each of them finds their way back to happiness. And what could be a better cure for a grumpy mood than a delightfully silly hat?
This book is a great read aloud for story time, especially one focused on emotions. Little readers will love chiming in with each repetition of “Hooray for hat!” The author’s website offers a downloadable activity kit which includes lots of fun things such as a friendship card, coloring pages, story time suggestions, and a couple of different hat templates.
Kanisha Hines, Penworthy Sales Representative
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