Spring 2024

A Hat Full of Sea

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

How do you cheer someone up when they’re stuck in a boring old hospital bed? Cora is determined to find a way.

Grandpa Jim can only see a small square of blue sky from his hospital window, so Cora decides there’s only one thing to do—she will bring him some sea to go with it!

First, she brings him a hat full of sea. Then she brings him a hat full of countryside. She even brings him the moon, the black velvet night, and the shimmering, glimmering stars. She empties them all out onto the hospital bed for her beloved Grandpa Jim to share. Can Cora bring the hospital ward to magical life until her grandpa is ready to go outside and play with her once more?

A heartwarming story about one very special hat. Or should that be one very special girl?

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On pre-order until 04/02/2024
On pre-order until 04/02/2024
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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Category SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2024
Publisher Lantana Publishing
Imprint Lantana Publishing
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2024-04-02
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV013030, JUV015020, JUV051000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 10 x 10
Guided Reading Level L
Features Original artwork and Reviewed

Author: Maudie Smith

Maudie Smith is a British author who writes humorous and touching stories for children, including much-loved picture book My Must-Have Mom. She has an MA in Writing for Young People and lives in Bath, UK.

Illustrator: Jen Khatun

Jen Khatun is a British children's book illustrator of Bangladeshi/Indian heritage. Her work resonates with the hidden magic in everyday life and the close bonds between people, nature, and memories. She is the illustrator of My Must-Have Mom.


Kirkus Reviews

“The art is as playful as the concept, with images made up of loose lines and filled with solidly bold colors. . . . Tackles a potentially tough topic with a blend of whimsy and warmth.”—Kirkus Reviews