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Vern Kousky

Harold Loves His Woolly Hat


An Indie Next List Pick

All libraries should make space on their shelves for Harold.--School Library Journal (starred review)

In this sweet picture book that celebrates selflessness and the joy of helping others, a little bear named Harold loses his beloved woolly hat--only to discover that others need it more.

What makes a bear special? For Harold, it is his beloved striped woolly hat. He wears it when he sleeps, when he goes to school, and even when he takes his monthly bath. But when a crow whisks the hat off his head and high up into a nest, Harold doesn't feel so special anymore. He tries everything to get it back--offering the crow blueberries, worms, and even shiny objects--but alas, the crow will not budge. Turns out that the hat has a new special purpose: keeping three baby crows warm. This heartwarming picture book features an irresistible bear and gently reinforces the notion that it doesn't matter what you have, it's who you are that matters.


About the Author
VERN KOUSKY is the author-illustrator of THE BLUE SONGBIRD, called lovely by School Library Journal, and OTTO, THE OWL WHO LOVED POETRY, deemed a witty homage to Leo Lionni's classic Frederick by the New York Times. Visit him on the web at or on Instagram at @vernkousky.