I Want My Hat Back: Jon Klassen

I Want My Hat Back

Author/Illustrator: Jon Klassen
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Year: 2011
Brief Summary: In this cumulative tale, a bear loses his hat and asks a number of animals whether they might have seen it.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

CBA Libris Award, 2012′ ‘ Shortlist’ ‘ Picture Book’ ‘ Canada’ ” ‘
Cybil Award, 2011′ ‘ Finalist’ ‘ Fiction Picture Book’ ‘ United States’ ” ‘
E.B. White Read Aloud Award, 2012′ ‘ Winner’ ‘ Picture Book’ ‘ United States’ ” ‘
Irma S. Black and James H. Black Award, 2011′ ‘ Finalist’ ” ‘ United States’ ” ‘
New York Times Best Illustrated Children”s Books, 2011′ ” ” ‘ United States’ ” ‘undefined
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, 2012′ ‘ Honor Book’ ” ‘ United States’ ” ‘
A Baker’s Dozen: The Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy, 2012 ; Pennsylvania Center for the Book
Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2012 ; Bank Street College of Education
Choices, 2012 ; Cooperative Children’s Book Center
Horn Book Fanfare, 2011 ; Horn Book
New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, 2011 ; New York Public Library
New York Times Notable Children’s Books , 2011 ; The New York Times
Notable Children’s Books, 2012 ; ALSC American Library Association
Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books, 2011

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • What are some of the animals the bear asks in the process of looking for his hat?
  • Notice how the bear is patient and polite during his search.
  • Pay attention to detailed pictures, even the ones without words.
  • What happens to the rabbit that took the bear’s hat?
  • Read with This is Not My Hat, also by Jon Klassen.  Note similarities/differences between the two stories.

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.   

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library


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