Perfect Picture Book Friday! Do You Have a Hat? by Eileen Spinelli

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Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because, as an avid collector of hats, I think this book is awesome!

doyouhaveDo You Have a Hat?
By Eileen Spinelli

Illustrated by Geraldo Valerio

40 pages – ages PreK+

Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on October 1, 2004

Theme/Topic- Famous People

Genre- Historical Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening – “Do YOU have a hat? Something fuzzy, warm, and red, to keep the snowflakes off your head?

Synopsis – From Inside cover:

A fancy hat. A hat that’s plain.
A hat for keeping off the rain.
A glowing hat. A hat with fruit.
A hat for that new dress or suit.
All herein have hats, it’s true —
fantastic, magnificent hats!
Do you?
What do Spanish painter Francisco de Goya, Russian-American composer Igor Stravinsky, South American entertainer Carmen Miranda, African-American cowboy Nat Love, and President Abraham Lincoln have in common?
HATS! Unique, distinctive, wonderful hats! And this bright and cheerful picture book from best-selling author Eileen Spinelli and colorful newcomer Geraldo Valério will have you thinking twice before going outside without yours!

Why I liked this book- I love hats. There. I said it. Happy? I collect hats of all types. So, learning about famous people and their hats, to me, is just plain awesomeness. Mrs. Spinelli has written a fun factual story that makes you want to smile. I loved reading about the famous people and what hats they wore. The illustrations are warm and are full of things in the fore- and background that catches your eye. Plus, this is a good time of year to talk about hats. For those in the Northern Hemisphere – hats that keep you warm. For those in the Southern Hemisphere – hats that keep the sun off! This is a perfect book for young kids (and old kids)! Mrs. Spinelli is a master of picture books!

Activities and Resources-

The Deep Space Sparkle website has a great  art lesson/activity plan to go along with this book – click HERE to go to it.

I think a cool activity would be to learn more about the people with hats shown in Mrs. Spinelli’s book. Just pick one that is mentioned and research more about them.

Another activity would be to gather a bunch of hats and have one kid pick out a hat for another kid and they have to act like the person who would be wearing the hat. Can you guess who I am?


To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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  1. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog….. An Author Promotions Enterprise! and commented:
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  2. I love hats too — and Eileen’s books are always a treat. Nice review, Pirate Boy! *off to watch your new vlog* . . .

  3. I love the cover! It is really bright and eye-catching!

  4. Super interview with Mr. Phelan! You two really did hunt him down. Hats off to you, SuperKid, for the great book review and for the interview!

  5. I have interviewed Matt but I haven’t met him. That is so cool. I have always loved and worn hats, I must so get this book. Cheers.

  6. I’ve noticed your interest in hats. That’s a fun quirk to be able to claim. 😉 Makes life more interesting to have a quirk or two. And it’s great for Halloween. Eileen Spinelli–always a good pick. Of to watch the new episode…

  7. Love that cover! It begs to be taken home. Such a great theme for a book! Fun and quirky. Love it!

  8. Great little book. You look good in hats so I´m not surprised you picked this book.

  9. Great picture, E. When you choose a hat, you don’t go halfway! Way to go for it!

    Love and licks,

  10. Oh! That Ms Spinelli is a wonder indeed!!! Hats! I can’t say that I love them, but I sure have quite a collection of them! And I like when other folks are wearing them! You look right nice in your hats Erik! I’ll have to check this book out! Thanks!

  11. Glad you know what a good head is for! Haha! Must get this book!

  12. This is a great book of Mrs.Spinelli’s. Nice activities to go along with it, and what a picture that is of you with your hat. Try not to run into any more doors, Erik! 😉

  13. You and your sister are stars! And I dig your interview Fedora!

    I’m signin’ up!

  14. dear Erik, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, the write chats are a lot of fun, congratulations on that ,also……Hope you have great day and the best year ahead…..Happy 13th Birthday, Love MomMum

    Sent from my iPad


  15. Pirate Erik, I love your “parrot”. 😉
    I have a daughter or two who enjoy hats.

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