Hats, Hats, Hats!

We had a hat parade this morning!  Every year, the elementary school has a Hat Parade with a special theme.  This year, our theme was "Stars."  (The school is a performing arts magnet.)  The kids had the option of making a hat that was about celestial stars or people they considered stars.

Little Sis wanted a singer on a stage for her hat (no one specific.)

Big Sis loves science, and she wanted her hat to show constellations.  We constructed a hat
out of a paper sack (like last year), stuck some battery-operated lights through it,
and connected the "stars" with a silver Sharpie.  

By the way, those lights took 2 C batteries each.  This was a top-heavy hat.

So in honor of our school hat parade, I thought I'd leave you with a collection of picture books about hats!

Top Row:  1. The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Seuss.  Random House, 1938 (1989 edition).  2. Jennie's Hat by Ezra Jack Keats.  Harper & Row, 1966 (Puffin, 2003 edition).  3. Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton.  Little Simon, 1984.  Middle Row:  1. Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina. Harper & Brothers, 1938. (HarperCollins, 1999 edition).  2. Old Hat, New Hat by Stan and Jan Berenstain.  Random House, 1970.  Bottom Row:  The Hat by Tomi Ungerer.  Parents Magazine Press, 1970.  2. This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen.  Candlewick, 2012.  3. A Three Hat Day by Laura Geringer, illustrated by Arnold Lobel. Harper & Row (now HarperCollins), 1987. 

As for what we're reading:  The Emerald City of Oz (me, reading to the girls), Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in Her Pocket (Little Sis with my help), Judy Moody Predicts the Future (Big Sis), The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls (me).

What we've finished this week:  Judy Moody Declares Independence (Big Sis), The Tail of Emily Windsnap (me), Divergent (me).

Speaking of Divergent, have you read it???  I'm so mad, because there's a huge waiting list for Insurgent at the library.  I may need to go buy it.  I'm curious about the movie too, especially since Kate Winslet has been one of my favorite actors since Heavenly Creatures.  Speaking of teen movies based on teen books that adults really like, I finally had a chance last week to watch The Hunger Games.  I really thought they did the book justice, and I admit, I'm getting excited for Catching Fire now, although it should be noted that I hardly ever get to see movies in theaters anymore.  Unless, as my husband says, they involve cartoons or puppets.

Anyhoo, you know what I always say...

Merry Weekend!  Happy Reading!


  1. Amazing celestial hats!!
    And such a great pairing with hat picture books. Clever! :)

    1. Thank you very much, Danielle! I haven't had a chance to explore your blog yet, but found you via Design of the Picture Book today. Hoping for some downtime soon! :o)

  2. Ok there is way too much awesome going on here. THOSE HATS! Are AMAZING!!!!!

    And I gotta tell you.....my eyes kinda have been glazing over at all the booklists I see floating around on Pinterest. Until this one! HATS!! What a fabulous roundup!! Love it. (earlier this summer I made a list of books about.....pigs. Haven't done a post on it yet, but I thought that would be funny and random booklist...)

    Divergent was GREAT, btw.

    1. I loved Divergent. It's driving me nuts to wait for Insurgent, so I'll probably break down and buy it.

      The hat book roundup was inspired by the fact that I really wished I had brought my own book to the Drop Everything And Read event after the assembly today. I kept going over books in my head. I was especially in the mood for Bartholomew Cubbins. I love the older, non-rhyming Seuss books.

      And I LOVE pigs! Pig books are some of my favorites, as my great love for all things Olivia shows...

  3. Love the hats, they're so original! Cool hat books too- I love Ezra Jack Keats and I want to get my hands on that book. I have a feeling I'd enjoy Divergent, too. Me too, I haven't been to a movie theatre since my eldest was born, I can't believe it's been almost three years! But I'd love to go watch a cartoon with her (when the baby's a little older). :)

    1. Thanks! Ezra Jack Keats is awesome, isn't he? I really enjoyed Divergent. I didn't know I'd be so into dystopian thrillers. Hope you get to see something wonderful, when you finally get to go to a movie theater! ;o)

  4. That is so much fun! How cool of the school to make such a parade! Your hats are lovely and I bet the girls enjoyed this parade very much!

    1. Sadly,l the parade had to be held indoors this year, because of the rain we'd received the night before. The grounds beside the track were too muddy. So it wasn't as easy to see all the cool hats. I was proud of ours, but my goodness, there were LOTS of awesome hats to see! It's such a fun tradition!


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