National Hat Day: January 15, 2021

January 11, 2021 | Katherine McG

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National Hat Day is celebrated each year on January 15. And I for one am happy that we have a whole day dedicated to hats because nothing tops a hat! (See what I did there?)

Three children wearing hats made out of balloons.
Balloon heads compare hats at Kidsummer at Nathan Phillips Square. Toronto Star Photograph Archive, 1994.

There are so many different reasons to wear a hat. Some hats are part of a uniform or worn as safety equipment. Hats and other kinds of headwear are often donned for religious reasons or cultural identity. Hats can even be worn as a political statement or to show that someone is taking action. Yes, hats can be used for function or fashion but for National Hat Day, let's focus on how they can be used just for fun!


Hats to Make

When you open up most kids' craft books, you will find that they probably contain an idea or two on how to make a hat. In our collections, I have found directions on how to make hats out of everything from duct tape to paper. Sometimes you can even find hat crafts in unexpected places. Or something that you read might inspire you to create a different kind of hat altogether.

One of the easiest hats that you can make is created with a single sheet of paper. All you have to do is loosely roll one side of the paper to the other to form a cone shape. Add some tape to hold both sides together and put it on top of your head. To make a neater cone, follow Wikihow's advice and draw a half-circle on the paper first. Cut the circle out and bring its two sides together to make whatever size you need. Don't forget to tape or glue it in place! Decorate your hat to make it perfect for a princess, wonderful for a wizard or just ready for a party.

You can also use your craft supplies to turn a new disposable plate, bowl or cup in to a terrific topper. Turn the dish upside down. Colour it with markers or crayons, add stickers or feathers or glue on clean recyclables like scraps of paper or washed bottle caps. Once it's looking just the way you like, make two holes at the bottom, one on each side. Then tie on two pieces of string or ribbon. Put on your hat and tie those strings underneath your chin to make sure that your hat doesn't fall off.


Stories with Hats

Once you've created your own chic chapeau (or found your favourite hat) you'll be ready to celebrate Hat Day. We think the best way to celebrate any holiday is with a good story! Here are a few books that feature fedoras and other fabulous hats.

A Good Day for a Hat

A Good Day for a Hat by T. Nat Fuller and Rob Hodgson


The Hat

The Hat by Jan Brett


A Hat for Mr Mountain

A Hat for Mr. Mountain by Soojin Kwak


Hooray for Hat

Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won


I Had a Favorite Hat

I Had a Favorite Hat by Boni Ashburn


You Must Bring a Hat

You Must Bring a Hat! by Simon Philip and Kate Hindley


And author/illustrator Jon Klassen scored a "hat-trick" when he created his hat trilogy. (Warning: In these three books, not every character gets a happy ending!)

I Want My Hat Back

This Is Not My Hat

We Found a Hat


Hats Off to More Stories

Hats play an important role in some of our Storytime at Home online programs too.

  • Christine retells the classic folktale Caps for Sale which is about a man who sells hats and his encounter with some mischievous monkeys. (And keep an eye out for a special friend who just might pop out of a magic hat to listen along with you!)
  • Some of our other friends don warm winter toques, berets and earmuffs to read the classic picture book The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.
  • And see just how much I love hats as I use a different one for each character in the story of Chicken Little.


Yes, a hat is a pretty special thing. No wonder there is a whole day to celebrate them! How will you celebrate National Hat Day this year?