Notes From a Children's Librarian

By Julie Booker

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Think Outside the (Hat) Box!

Book Cover Mr. Zinger's Hat

Our Children's Librarian columnist, Julie Booker, brings us a new view from the stacks every month.

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Every September, a kindergarten teacher asks me for books about hats. I hand her a pile and within a week, her kindergarteners parade jaunty homemade bonnets, complete with construction-paper feathers, coloured stickers and curly ribbons. From fedoras to bowlers to shoe hats to winter toques to Carnival headdresses, this list is for anyone looking to inspire the creation of a hat.

A fedora is the featured chapeau in Mr. Zinger’s Hat, by Cary Fagan, illustrated by Dusan Petricic. Mr. Zinger looks like an elf in his black hat. Leo sees him every day in the park, shuffling along. Leo knows he makes stories that are published. One day, Leo’s ball knocks Mr. Zinger’s hat off and Leo chases after it in the wind. The boy and the man sit on a bench, looking inside the hat, where Mr. Zinger sees a story. Together, they make up a tale about an unhappy rich boy looking to …

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Julie Booker on characters with a strong moral code, those who find a way to stay true to themselves and the things they believe in.

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Our Children's Librarian columnist, Julie Booker, brings us a new view from the stacks every month.

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Our Children's Librarian columnist, Julie Booker, brings us a new view from the stacks every month.

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Our Children's Librarian columnist, Julie Booker, brings us a new view from the stacks every month.

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