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Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to hats. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about hats.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about hats, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Abe Lincoln’s Hat to popular sellers like Caps for Sale to some of our favorite hidden gems like Hooray for Hat!.

We hope this list of kids books about hats can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

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Hip, Hip . . . Beret!
Written by Melanie Ellsworth & illustrated by Morena Forza
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

A playful and humorous picture book about what happens to Bella’s beret when the wind sweeps it away. Find a few special touchable berets on the cover and inside!

Granpère gifts Bella the hat she’d always wanted—a beret! But just as she places it on her head, a gust of wind whisks it away. When the beret accidentally lands in a chef’s pan . . . hip, hip, souflée! When it mistakenly lands on the head of a dancer . . . hip, hip, ballet! The wind continues to sweep the hat farther and farther away. Will Bella ever get back her beloved beret?

Children will love to read aloud this humorous and heartfelt story filled with repetition, rhyme, and hilarious wordplay. On the cover and inside of the book, find a few special touchable berets as an interactive and tactile element to engage young readers.

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Tiara's Hat Parade
Written by Kelly Starling Lyons & illustrated by Nicole Tadgell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Tiara has a gift for storytelling; her momma has a gift for making hats. When a new store opens that sells cheaper hats, Momma has to set her dreams aside, but Tiara has an idea for helping Momma’s dreams come true again.

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Keith the Cat with the Magic Hat
Written & illustrated by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Meet Keith—a very cute cat with a magical hat! When Keith wears the hat, it makes bunnies appear out of nowhere! It even makes a stick move all on its own! But when Keith’s hat falls off, will the magic still work and save the day?

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Hooray for Hat!
Written & illustrated by Brian Won
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Elephant wakes up grumpy—until ding, dong! What’s in the surprise box at the front door? A hat! HOORAY FOR HAT! Elephant marches off to show Zebra, but Zebra is having a grumpy day, too—until Elephant shares his new hat and cheers up his friend. Off they march to show Turtle! The parade continues as every animal brightens the day of a grumpy friend. This sturdy board book is an irresistible celebration of friendship, sharing, and fabulous hats.

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You Must Bring a Hat!
Written by Simon Philip & illustrated by Kate Hindley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

“You are cordially invited to the BIGGEST, BESTEST, HATTIEST party of all time!” Come join the fun—but only if you have a hat. AND you know the entry rules. Unfortunately, there seems to be a surprising number of those, as a young boy discovers. Will he—and the cool collection of animals he befriends along the way—ever get in? Gloriously illustrated, the art contains loads of details that serve as clues to the satisfying surprise ending. Kids will read this thoroughly hilarious cumulative picture book again and again!

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  • Caps for Sale - Caps for Sale is a timeless classic, in print for over fifty years, and beloved by generations of readers. This easy-to-read story about a peddler and a band of mischievous monkeys is filled with warmth, humor, and simplicity. Children will delight in following the peddlers efforts to outwit the monkeys in this new, enlarged, and redesigned edition, and will ask to read it again and again.

  • We Found a Hat - Hold on to your hats for the conclusion of the celebrated hat trilogy by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen, who gives his deadpan finale a surprising twist. Two turtles have found a hat. The hat looks good on both of them. But there are two turtles. And there is only one hat. . . . Evoking hilarity and sympathy, the shifting eyes tell the tale in this brilliantly paced story in three parts, highlighting Jon Klassen’s visual comedy and deceptive simplicity. The delicious buildup takes an unexpected turn that is sure to please loyal fans and newcomers alike.

  • This is Not My Hat - The 2013 Caldecott Medal winner! From the creator of the #1 New York Times best-selling and award-winning I Want My Hat Back comes a second wry tale. When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it’s a good thing that enormous fish won’t wake up. And even if he does, it’s not like he’ll ever know what happened. . . . Visual humor swims to the fore as the best-selling Jon Klassen follows his breakout debut with another deadpan-funny tale.

  • Hats of Faith - Hats of Faith is a simple and striking introduction to the shared custom of religious head coverings. With bright images and a carefully researched interfaith text, this thoughtful book inspires understanding and celebrates our culturally diverse modern world.

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Tornado Slim and the Magic Cowboy Hat
Written & illustrated by Bryan Langdo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

Tornado Slim is just your regular cowboy…until the day he meets the coyote. The coyote gives Slim his special hat and asks him to deliver a letter to the sheriff of Fire Gulch City. Slim has never been to Fire Gulch City, but he figures he can handle it. As Slim travels from town to town, disaster seems to follow. Pretty soon Slim learns that his new hat is NOT your average cowboy hat. Will Slim ever make it to Fire Gulch City? And what did the wily coyote put down in that letter, anyway? Watercolor illustrations add lively humor to this original tall tale.

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Peedie
Written & illustrated by Olivier Dunrea
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Peedie is a small yellow gosling who sometimes forgets things. But he never forgets to wear his lucky red baseball cap. He wears it everywhere. Until he puts it in a secret place.

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Brimsby's Hats
Written & illustrated by Andrew Prahin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A lonely hat maker uses quirky creativity to make friends in this delightful picture book that will charm readers young and old.

Brimsby is a happy hat maker—until his best friend goes off to find adventure at sea. Now Brimsby is a lonely hat maker, unsure of what to do. But since making hats is what he does best, perhaps his talents can help him find some friends…

Filled with whimsy and wonder, Brimsby’s Hats is a celebration of creativity and friendship.

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Jigsaw Jones: The Case of the Hat Burglar
Written by James Preller & illustrated by R.W. Alley
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Jigsaw Jones is back! A brand new original mystery, The Case of the Hat Burglar is the newest installment of the Jigsaw Jones chapter book series by James Preller. Someone’s been stealing from the lost and found. But the strangest part of this mystery is what they’ve been stealing. Not mittens, or books, or water bottles—only hats! Just when Jigsaw comes up with a plan to catch this hat burglar in the act, the mystery thief strikes again right under his nose! Will this be the first case Jigsaw and Mila can’t solve? Sure to delight and intrigue young minds in equal measure, this never-before-published mystery chapter book is full of charming illustrations and James Preller’s signature humor and warmth.

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The Queen's Hat
Written & illustrated by Steve Antony
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

From Steve Antony, the author and illustrator of PLEASE, MR. PANDA and BETTY GOES BANANAS!

A sudden gust of wind sets off a marvelous adventure for the Queen, lots of Queen’s men, and one very special hat. Just where will that hat land? Following a hysterical, epic hat chase, the Queen is reunited with her hat — and the royal baby!

Young children will love the search-and-find fun of the story, the hysterical mayhem that breaks loose, and Steve Antony’s winning art style. THE QUEEN’S HAT shows some of London’s most famous sites, and back matter explains their significance.

I Want My Hat Back book
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Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later) book
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Unicorn of Many Hats book
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Springtime Crime book
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  • I Want My Hat Back - The bear’s hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, whether they have seen it. Each animal says no, some more elaborately than others. But just as the bear begins to despond, a deer comes by and asks a simple question that sparks the bear’s memory and renews his search with a vengeance. Told completely in dialogue, this delicious take on the classic repetitive tale plays out in sly illustrations laced with visual humor — and winks at the reader with a wry irreverence that will have kids of all ages thrilled to be in on the joke. A New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of 2011! A picture-book delight by a rising talent tells a cumulative tale with a mischievous twist.

  • Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later) - Sara and Susan share tea, cookies, crab cakes, and stories about hats when they visit their favorite relative, Aunt Flossie.

  • Unicorn of Many Hats - “A pink, bubble-gum bonbon of a tale spun of a likable, albeit self-centered, fourth-grader and her magical, self-obsessed, although sometimes-kind, unicorn.” —Kirkus Reviews Book seven in the Phoebe and Her Unicorn series! NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR! Marigold Heavenly Nostrils is no ordinary unicorn. She has Wi-Fi-enabled appendages. She’s the most enchanted babysitter of all time. She’s published numerous scholarly articles on the “shimmering” versus “glimmering” debate. She is, in short, a unicorn of many hats. Phoebe and her exceptional hooved pal are back in this all-new collection of comics! Laugh alongside the lovable duo as they question the idea of “coolness,” gain a deeper appreciation for the power of friendship, and put off summer reading assignments for as long as physically possible.

  • Springtime Crime - Spring has sprung in River Heights! The annual Flower Sculpture contest is in a couple of days and everyone in town is working hard to finish their floral works of art. But Nancy, Bess, and George are most excited to see the world-famous pop singer, Miss LaLa, perform. The superstar grew up in River Heights and has agreed to kick off the contest with a song. And just when the girls thought life couldn’t get any better, they run into Miss LaLa herself! The singer is in a bit of a pickle though: She brought a giant hat made of white peonies for the show but she doesn’t have a refrigerator big enough to store it in. George thinks quickly and offers to put it in her mom’s catering refrigerator. But when the girls check on the hat the next morning they see something has gone terribly wrong. Half of the snowy white blooms are wilted and brown! They use their detective skills to rule out a blackout. And George can’t remember if she locked the door last night. Could someone have snuck into the kitchen and switched the fresh flowers with droopy ones? Nancy and her friends are determined to find out! Could it be Madame Withers, whose signature wilted rose perfume was rejected by Miss LaLa? Perhaps it was the famous flower artist Pierre, who was angry that Miss LaLa was the star of the show. Or it maybe it was Benjamin Bing, who ruined his flower sculpture with brown hair spray and had no more white peonies to replace them. It’s up to the Clue Crew—and you—to find out!

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Clive and His Hats
Written & illustrated by Jessica Spanyol
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Meet Clive - and his imagination! Clive loves his collection of hats, and each one suggests a different adventure. He enjoys playing with them, and sharing them with his friends. A gentle, affectionate book, celebrating diversity and challenging gender stereotypes.

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Abe Lincoln's Hat
Written by Martha Brenner & illustrated by Donald Cook
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Because of his absentmindedness, Abraham Lincoln begins to carry important things—letters, legal documents, his checkbook—in his trademark top hat. Simultaneous.

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The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
Written by Dr. Seuss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Handpicked by Amazon kids’ books editor, Seira Wilson, for Prime Book Box – a children’s subscription that inspires a love of reading.

This classic treatise on bullying by Dr. Seuss features a foil cover and color-enhanced illustrations! As topical today as when it was first published in 1938, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins is the story of a young peasant (the same as in Bartholomew and the Oobleck_—a Caldecott Honor Award-winner), and his unjust treatment at the hands of King Derwin. While _The 500 Hats is one of Dr. Seuss’s earliest and lesser known works, it is nevertheless totally Seussian and addresses subjects that we know the good doctor was passionate about throughout his life: the abuse of power (as in Yertle the Turtle and Horton Hears a Who); rivalry (as in The Sneetches); and of course, zany good humor (as in The Cat in the Hat and the 43 other books he wrote and illustrated)!

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Madeline and the Bad Hat
Written & illustrated by Ludwig Bemelmans
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

“In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines the smallest one was Madeline.”

Nothing frightens Madeline—not tigers, not even mice. With its endearing, courageous heroine, cheerful humor, and wonderful, whimsical drawings of Paris, the Madeline stories are true classics that continue to charm readers even after 75 years. In this next adventure, Madeline has a new neighbor who she does not like so much. Can she and Pepito ever get along?

When the Spanish ambassador moves in next door, Madeline and the rest of the twelve little girls discover that his son is not the best neighbor.

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Anna Karenina
Written by Jennifer Adams & illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Introduce your little fashionista to classic fashions in Anna Karenina: A BabyLit Fashion Primer. Elegant illustrations of beautiful gowns, uniforms, hats, gloves, cloaks and more are paired with quotes from Little Master Tolstoy’s masterpiece to create a sophisticated book full of the finest fashions.

Hats Are Not for Cats! book
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  • Hats Are Not for Cats! - Are hats for cats? A big, bossy dog and a determined cat disagree. This funny rhyming romp—with a large cast of cats and hats—leads readers to the perfect conclusion: hats are for everyone! A big, severe, plaid-hat-wearing dog insists that the small black cat in the red fez shouldn’t be wearing a hat—any kind of hat—because hats are for dogs. His patronizing tirade doesn’t convince this cat, however. Defiantly, she wears an assortment of hats, described in the gleeful rhyming text, and brings in other cats to join the protest. The silliness of both text and pictures offers a cheerful take on bossiness and managing conflict, with a win-win resolution.

  • Finders Keepers - Fans of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie will love this new preschool gem from beloved storyteller Keiko Kasza A hat is not just a hat in these woods! From tree branch to stream to flower patch—wherever the hat lands, someone knows exactly what to do with it and exclaims, “Finders, keepers!” But this red hat doesn’t stay in one place for long, and everyone will be surprised by what happens to it in the end. Youngsters will be delighted by the silly scenes and clever twists and turns in this charming circular story.

  • The Sunhat - Adapted from the well-loved classic tale, The Mitten, this enchanting book introduces us to a new cast of character and a delightful little girl with a big red hat. With soft, sweet illustrations and rhythmic, playful text, this story is bound to be a timeless favorite!

  • I'm a Dingle-dangle Scarecrow - Presents an illustrated version of a children’s song about a scarecrow in a floppy hat. On board pages.

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Hats!
Written & illustrated by Kevin Luthardt
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

When a young boy enters a hat shop and sees there is a sale that day, he carefully chooses the perfect hat. Then a bully tells him, “Dumb hat!” The boy is crushed—is his hat really dumb? But other kids who come along think the hat is pretty cool.

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Hats Off to Mr. Pockles!
Written by Sally Lloyd-Jones & illustrated by David Litchfield
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When disaster strikes, Mr. Pockles, a reclusive little dog with a big hat collection, comes to the aid of renowned panda, Lady Satsuma, and begins collecting friends.

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The Finest Christmas Tree
Written by Ann Hassett & illustrated by John Hassett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Every year Farmer Tuttle loads his truck with Christmas trees fresh from his farm and drives down to the city to sell them. Then he picks out a special Christmas hat to bring home to Mrs. Tuttle. But one year, people stopped buying real Christmas trees. Fake ones were more convenient, they said. So Farmer Tuttle had to return home without a hat to give his wife. The Tuttles worried; if they couldn’t sell their trees anymore, what would they do? Just when they’re about to sell all their trees to a man from the sawmill, a mysterious letter arrives requesting Farmer Tuttle’s finest tree . . .

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