Mr. Brown is ready to leave his house. So, he dons his purple hat with the pink flower. But as he opens the door and starts to step outside, he stops abruptly. Oh no, it’s raining! Fortunately, Mr. Brown has just the hat for that. However, as he starts to leave the house again—this time wearing his rain hat—it’s snowing!
In “A Good Day for a Hat” by T. Nat Fuller, Mr. Brown struggles to find the perfect hat on a day when the weather, and sometimes even the scene outside his door (anything from a rodeo to a sailing ship), keeps changing. Hats fly off and on in rapid succession, until Mr. Brown makes an important decision that saves the day.
Full of delightful characters, repetitive phrases and bright colors, this charming 2018 Missouri Building Block nominee is sure to be a hit with your little ones. (Look closely for a certain “someone” on every page who provides a magical element to this story!)
When you finish the book, enjoy these additional fun activities.
Make Paper Plate Crowns
Make a simple crown for kids to decorate and wear. All you need is a pencil, a paper plate, scissors and decorations.
Step 1: With a pencil, divide the plate up into 8 sections as if you were cutting a pie.
Step 2: Start in the center and cut along the “pie” section lines, leaving the outside rim of the plate intact.
Step 3: Separate the “pie sections” and push them up to form the crown tips.
Step 4: Decorate the crown with a variety of crayons, markers, stickers, etc.!
Play a Hide and Seek Game
Step 1: Search the internet for simple clipart hats, in a variety of styles, along with a picture of a small cat that will fit underneath the hats. Print off and cut out.
Step 2: Hide the little cat under one of the hats.
Step 3: Say following rhyme with your child, “Little cat, little cat, are you under the (fill in, such as “fireman’s”) hat?” Have your child check to see if the cat is there. Repeat using the other types of hats until your child chooses the right one.
See an example of this game using a flannel board at Storytime Katie’s blog.
Once you have read at least five Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award nominees, help your child vote for their favorite. Voting is open to children in kindergarten and younger and goes through December. The winner will be announced in February.