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Tiara’s Hat Parade: Hat at Home Activities Printables

We are so excited to join the virtual hat parade to celebrate the picture book Tiara’s Hat Parade written by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Nicole Tadgell.

About the Book

Tiara’s mom has a gift for making hats. Ladies come from all over to visit her studio Tracy Rose Millinery to try on her beautiful creations. She makes all types of hats, but specializes in fancy church hats and hats for special occasions.

When a new store opens with hats that cost way less than Momma’s, it causes Tracy Rose Millinery to close down its business. Momma packs away all of her fabric, tucks her hats back into their boxes and sets her dreams aside. She decides to begin teaching art classes again at her daughter’s school.

Tiara can see how sad her mother is. Can she help Momma understand how much her hats mean to the community and bring back the magic?

This is a heartwarming mother/daughter story about family, community, hardship, and following your dreams. It also pays tribute to the inspiring African American tradition of hat making. The back matter contains an author’s note and additional information about three famous Black milliners: Vanilla Beane, Mae Reeves and Mildred Blount. Tiara’s Hat Parade published April 1, 2020 from Albert Whitman. Ages 4 – 8 and up.

Virtual Hat Parade Finale

On April 11, 2020 the virtual hat parade finale will include a reading of the book, video peeks at the illustration process, interview with trailblazing milliner Vanilla Beane, prizes, printables for kids courtesy of Here Wee Read and more. RSVP for the virtual finale event here.

Buy your copy at or
Visit site of author Kelly Starling Lyons
Visit site of illustrator Nicole Tadgell
Tiara’s Hat Parade is dedicated to Black milliners (hat makers) and the kids they dazzle and inspire.

Download the FREE Hat at Home Activities Printables

This printable activity pack includes: a hat making activity, word search and discussion questions inspired by the picture book Tiara’s Hat Parade.

Click here to download the printables for FREE. Enjoy!

Printables designed by: Whimsical Designs by CJ, LLC.

Hat at Home Activities:  Tiara's Hat Parade
Hat at Home Activities: Tiara's Hat Parade
Book Reviews

Drum Dream Girl: A Book Review #ReadYourWorld

Happy Multicultural Children’s Book Day!

I am so excited to be chosen as a Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCCBD) reviewer this year!

The book I was sent to review is Drum Dream Girl written by Margarita Engle and beautifully illustrated by Rafael Lopez.  Although I previously read this book with the kids before, I was delighted to receive a copy to add to our home library!

Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle
This book is based on the true story of a young girl named Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban who broke down barriers for female drummers in Cuba in the 1930s.  Back in those days, there was an unwritten rule that stated girls cannot be drummers.  No one dared to question that rule – that is until little Millo came along.  She thought both boys and girls should be free to play the drums, but everyone else disagreed including her father.

Millo dreamed of pounding tall congas and tapping small bongós.  She hoped her dream would some day come true, but until that day came, she kept on dreaming and practicing in secret on her own.  Millo’s father understood how much his daughter loves playing the drums, so one day he finds her a teacher who helps to perfect her drumming skills.  Finally, Millo is ready to play the drums in a cafe on the street to show that girls can play drums too.  It was during that performance that everyone decided that indeed both girls and boys should be free to drum and dream.

It was refreshing to revisit this book with the kids.  They really liked all the bold colors and illustrations and I loved the overall message which tells children to follow their dreams.  It was interesting to hear my daughter say, “Look Mommy, I can play the drums!” as she ran off and got her drum set right after I finished reading the book.  It’s amazing how far we’ve come from the 1930s when it was taboo for women and girls to have the freedom to do the things their hearts desired.

Extension Activities
There are lots of different extension activities you can do with kids after reading this book.  Below are two examples.

Have a Discussion

  • Talk about the idea that only boys should play drums.  Do you think it’s unfair or reasonable?
  • Talk about different things that people today think is only for boys or only for girls.

Make a Drum (or another musical instrument)!
Since the Chinese New Year is coming up, we decided to do a Chinese drum craft activity using paper plates.  It was fun!  We got the idea from Pinterest.

Here’s what we used:

  • Two paper plates (or bowls)
  • Paint (we used red and gold glitter paint)
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue gun (or stapler)
  • 1 craft stick
  • Yarn
  • Two buttons (you can also use jingle bells)


Want to learn more about the Multicultural Children’s Book Day organization?
Our mission:  The MCCBD team’s mission to spread the word and raise awareness about the importance of diversity in children’s literature. Our young readers need to see themselves within the pages of a book and experience other cultures, languages, traditions and religions within the pages of a book. We encourage readers, parents, teachers, caregivers and librarians to follow along the fun book reviews, author visits, event details, a multicultural children’s book linky and via our hashtag (#ReadYourWorld) on Twitter and other social media.

The co-creators of this unique event are Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press. You can find a bio for Mia and Valarie here.

Platinum Sponsors: Story Quest Books.Wisdom Tales PressLil’ Libros

Gold Sponsors: Candlewick PressTori Nighthawk: Don’t Judge A Bird By its FeathersBharat Babies

Silver Sponsors:Lee & Low BooksChronicle BooksCapstone Young ReadersChina Institute.orgTuttle PublishingNY Media Works, LLC/KidLit TV

Bronze Sponsors: Jacqueline Woodson, Pomelo BooksPapa Lemon BooksGoosebottom Books LLCAuthor Gleeson Rebello, M.D .Shout Mouse PressMahvash ShaheghLiveOak Media

Our CoHosts
Multicultural Children’s Book Day has 12 amazing co-Hosts and you can view them here.

Classroom Reading Challenge: Help spread the word on our Classroom Reading Challenge . This very special offering from MCCBD offers teachers and classrooms the chance to (very easily) earn a free hardcover multicultural children’s book for their classroom library. These books are not only donated by the Junior Library Guild, but they are pre-screened and approved by them as well.

What we could really use some help with is spreading the word to your teacher/librarian/classroom connections so we can get them involved in this program. There is no cost to teachers and classrooms and we’ve made the whole process as simple as possible. You can help by tweeting the below info:

Teachers! Earn a FREE #Multicultural Kids Book for Your Classroom! #teachers, #books #teacherlife

The Classroom Reading Challenge has begun! Teachers can earn a free diversity book! #teachers, #books

Connect with MCCBD!
Official Hashtag:  #ReadYourWorld


Your turn:  How will you be celebrating Multicultural Children’s Book Day with your little readers?  Feel free share in the comments.


A Book and a Craft: Where the Wild Things Are

It’s true that we are HUGE fans of activities and crafts based on children’s books.  I love taking the kids to the library for our weekly story time which is usually followed by a craft project.  I also incorporate crafts at home with the kids throughout the month.

Today I’m sharing a craft inspired by the book, Where the Wild Things Are by Maruice Sendak.  This craft was easy to put together and took about 20 minutes to assemble from start to finish.  This would be a great craft to do at a play date, as it uses only a few items (easy set-up is bonus for a mom hosting a play date!) and these paper plate crafts are fun for acting out the story in a small group.  We had a blast making our craft and using it in retelling the book Where the Wild Things Are.

I didn’t do a tutorial for this because I wasn’t actually planning to write a blog post about this.  As I mentioned, it’s pretty straightforward to put this together so you shouldn’t have any trouble.

To make this craft you’ll need:

  • 1 small tan colored paper plate (or you could use a white plate and color/paint it tan)
  • brown felt cut into strips
  • adhesive foam shapes (for the eyes, nose, ears and teeth)
  • scissors (for cutting the felt)
  • glue or double-sided tape
Steps:1. Place the paper plate on your work surface with the tan side up.

2. Remove the sticker backing from the adhesive foam shapes and adhere them to the paper plate.
3. Glue the felt strips around the outer edge of the paper plate.Your turn:  Do you and your kids work on book related craft activities together?  Feel free to let me know in the comments.