Finding good quality multicultural books that are suitable for the young children I care for is always a challenge. For starters, there isn’t a huge amount of them out there and the ones I do come across usually aren’t suitable for children in the EYFS age group (birth to 5 years old).
So when Hats of Faith (by Medeia Cohen) landed on my doorstep I was really excited to introduce it to my own children as well the as the children I childmind for.
Hats of Faith is a beautifully illustrated board book that is a perfect introduction to support young children in developing and understanding of different faiths, respect and diversity.
The book explores different head coverings worn by people all over the world and I’ll admit not knowing what even half of them were called so it’s been wonderful to also educate myself.
Each page has a different head covering with the correct terminology, a phonetic pronunciation (thank god) and a colourful picture of someone wearing it along with their faith.
Hat of Faith Helps educate and prepare young children for our culturally diverse modern world. The mission of the book is to encourage early, informed, conversations between parents and/or educators and children about tolerance, understanding and a familiarity with these customs. A mission I think it thoroughly achieves!
Georiga, aged 5, was able to read the book by herself and was truly fascinated. She loved the fact she could pronounce the words herself and it opened up a lot of dialogue about faith and different beliefs. For my toddlers and preschoolers, they loved admiring the different “hats” and attempting to use some of the language in the book.
Here’s what the author, Medeia Cohan says about the project:
“As a mum who lives in a very diverse city, I wanted to have answers when my son asked questions, so I started looking for secular, factual books explaining all the amazing head coverings we see on our daily walks and found nothing. I realised that if my son asked me about a Patka or a Tichle I wouldn’t even know what they were called.”
The book is a perfect size small hands and the fact that it’s a board book always makes me happy as they last so much longer than paper books, always a bonus when you care for small children! As a childminder (and mum) this book is a wonderful tool for implementing British Values within my setting, especially the value of ‘tolerance and respect’.
The book is a joint venture between 3 women of different faiths and I really hope they have more projects planned as it’s been such a big hit with my little ones.
Hats of Faith is currently available on Amazon for £8.99 (affiliate link) Hats of Faith and I believe this is such an important book to have in your collection.
(Disclaimer: I have been sent this book for purpose of review, all thoughts and opinions are my own)