Jennie’s Hat

by Marilyn Roca Enriquez in

Sometimes in publishing, stories come together in ways that one could never have imagined. A year ago, the first issue of OutlooK-12 magazine premiered. From the beginning, we had a School Library section, and the very first book we reviewed was Ezra Jack Keats’ “The Snowy Day.”  Now, with our magazine celebrating it’s first birthday and with the Ezra Jack Keats’ Foundation celebrating what would have been Keats’ hundredth birthday, we are dedicating this month’s School Library to Keats’ timeless children’s books. We would like to thank the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation for the book summaries, fun facts and cover images. To learn more about the foundation’s ongoing activities and events in honor of Keats’ birthday, visit

“Jennie’s Hat”
1966 - ISBN: 978-0142500354

Jennie can hardly wait for the new hat her aunt has promised her. “It will be big and beautiful and flowery,” she tells herself happily. But when the box finally arrives, there is just a plain hat inside. Although a disappointed Jennie tries hard to make the best of it, nothing quite works…until a magical gesture of friendship makes her dream come true.

Fun Fact: Ezra was inspired to make “Jennie’s Hat” by a very tiny picture, the size of a postage stamp, of an old couple feeding pigeons that came to rest on their shoulders and arms. As you can see, almost anything can be used to tell a wonderful story!