My Hat by Jaila Marie McCoy and Vinny Green

What happens when you lose something and the weather doesn’t cooperate? Find out in My Hat, by Jaila Marie McCoy and Vinny Green. The authors of this book have a special relationship: Vinny is Jaila’s uncle, and Jaila was going into sixth grade when this book was written. I’m not sure how they decided on Nadia Fawad to do the illustrations, but Nadia does an amazing job on every page. Her illustrations are so great that I want to see more of her work.

My Hat is published by G-Square Publishing in New York. Every page of the book is full of beautiful illustrations that tell the story. This book also offers something unique: select words are printed in purple, and the publisher invites young readers to send their definitions to G-Square Publishing by email. Kids that do this will get a prize from the publisher! They will receive a certificate that acknowledges their growth in vocabulary and self-esteem. This is a unique initiative.

Bullying has become a popular topic in recent years, but this book takes two different topics – bullying and nature – and makes the two subjects come together in a way that I did not see coming. So, if you want to open up a discussion about bullying, and you have an appreciation for nature, you may want to give this book a try!

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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