Adaptable to any theme, a storytime on hats can be fun
for the older siblings who come with the preschoolers to storytime during
summer vacation. Here are some fun ideas for a “Hat” storytime,
that can even be expanded into a full library program if you add games,
crafts, and refreshments!
Morris, Ann. HATS, HATS, HATS
Another of Morris’s amazing simple nonfiction books, this focuses
on hats around the world.
Berenstain, Stan and Jan. OLD HAT, NEW HAT.
A very simple story of opposites.
Blos, Joan. MARTIN’S HATS.
Martin changes hats frequently as he encounters each a new adventure.
Smith, William. HO FOR A HAT.
A simple lesson on hats through history, told by a boy and his dog.
Spinelli, Eileen. DO YOU HAVE A HAT?
A rhyming text describes hats worn by famous people throughout history.
Katz, Karen. TWELVE HATS FOR LENA.
Lena makes a new hat for each month of the year; this should inspire
lots of great hat craft projects!
Slobodkina, Esphyr. CAPS FOR SALE.
The classic story; this is available as a Big Book, or as story apron
VanLaan, Nancy. THIS IS THE HAT.
This rhyming, cumulative story of a hat used as a home for various animals
will invite participation from the storytime audience.
“My hat it has three corners, three corners has my hat”
This website has the lyrics and movements for this fingerplay, and craft
A brief but helpful outline of a Hat storytime, this also lists a fun
beanbag game involving hats.
Newspaper hats: see instructions at