I am a hat.
I am worn out here and there. I have a few holes, and even a few weeds sticking out.
But I am still very much a hat. A very happy hat.
I have lots of stories to tell.

A Happy Hat is a sweet and upbeat tale of resilience, optimism, and hope. The life story of a hat — a very happy hat — and its various owners illustrates how dealing with disappointments and stressful situations is crucial to one's well-being.

A Note to Parents written by psychologist Mary Lamia, PhD, discusses the importance of helping your child recover from adversity and encouraging a hopeful attitude. Additional tips and strategies from APA's "Resilience Guide for Parents & Teachers" are also included.

About the Author
Cecil Kim studied child psychology in her undergraduate and post-graduate studies. She has worked in psychological treatment for children and is currently reaching out to more children and their hopes and dreams through picture books. Her other works include Crybaby Cloud; Embarrassment, Go Away; and Let's Wash Hands First.
About the Illustrator
Joo-Kyung Kim studied design at university and is now working as a children's book illustrator. She was a runner-up in the 15th and 16th Noma International Concours for Picture Book Illustration. Kim continues to work hard writing and illustrating so that children can enjoy more fun and entertaining stories. Among her other published works are Red Goblin, Tell Me About Cells; Star Family Takes Off on a Journey of the Solar System; and The Three Musketeers of Goguryo Pyungyang-Sung.
Reviews & Awards
  • Bronze Medal, 2014 Independent Publisher Awards

A Happy Hat is a colorful, consumable children's picture book with an underlying message about resilience. The story follows a weather-beaten, seemingly abandoned hat that remains joyful despite the many changes that have happened to it…A final, two-page "Note to Parents and Other Caregivers" goes into detail on ways to help children adjust to difficult times and abrupt changes in their lives. Highly recommended.
Midwest Book Review

Cecil Kim has written a beautiful story about an extraordinary hat that manages to find the good in life no matter its challenges. There are many teachable moments for children to learn about disappointment, challenges, self-wroth, self-discovery, hope and optimism.
—Children's Books Heal