Recently released children’s book, ‘Hats’

Barbara Pyett’s background is as a special education teacher. For the last two decades she has been a writer living in Victoria, Australia. She shares her fantasy world with her childhood friend and partner. They unite in their fascination for dreams which germinate ideas for stories. Barbara writes as Christopher paints. Their idyllic life-style has been enhanced with nine grandchildren, who continue to inspire further stories.

Barbara’s first children’s book, Lily’s Wish, was published by New Frontier Publishers in 2011. It is an early childhood Christmas picture book. Lily lives in the UK and writes to Santa asking for wings, so that she can fly. She misses her Grandmother in Australia and wants to be able to fly to visit her.

Hats, an early childhood picture book, released on 30 September 2021 by Austin Macauley. This children’s book of poems was inspired by the game of hats she played with her own children. The game includes all age groups which in itself  becomes a learning tool for little ones to increase their vocabulary. Hats is illustrated by Vinh Tran with quirky, vibrant illustrations which are anime inspired.

Review for Hats

Barbara’s Children’s book, Hats, portrays, with engaging illustrations, options for children to choose from when asked the question, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ The fun aspect for kids in this rhyming story is the focus on hats. Kids love to wear hats when they dress up and this story will inspire their imaginations and conversations about the variety of roles people play in society.

Janice Lawrence

B.Ed. M.Ed.

Review for Hats 

In this sprightly, nimble and gently amusing book, Barbara Pyett explores the realm of adult vocation from the point of view of the young child. Euphonious and instructive, her rhymed stanzas are both memorable and playful.

The list of occupations is prefaced by the question,’When I grow up what shall I be?’

This is a perfect springboard into the domain of work – each vocation seen through the lens of its characteristic hat.

This hat motif gives the book its consistency and playfulness, as it draws the child into an assortment of roles, enabling them to role-play the part they see unfolding.

Pyett’s use of rhyme is delightful, and functions as an aid to the child’s memory, as well as instructively showing them opportunities and pathways that may lie ahead. At every stage we sense the equality of diverse roles in society.

Pyett also very subtly brings in the theme of climate change and its ravages. Her characters are seen as doing their utmost to mitigate fire and flood.

From builder to princess, from baker to vet, from sea captain to gardener, and from doctor or nurse to apiarist and teacher, the verse covers an expansive scope, leading at the end of the book to a suggested game for children to play, thus giving them through hats a costume play and reason to dream of the future.

Hats is illustrated by the whimsical Vinh Tran, whose pictures complement in their freshness and humour the same qualities in Pyett’s verse.

Lucy Wilks

Poet and musician

Foreverbear, is Pyett’s next early childhood picture book, release date, yet to be announced. This book is also being published by Austin Macauley and reflects on the loss of a grandparent.

A child relates her sorrow with her teddy bear who finds he can talk. They share memories remembering the good times.

15 thoughts on “

  1. auntyuta

    Hello, Barbara! I am glad, I found you again. I think it has been a long time since I had some contact with you. I have several great-grandchildren. I hope in the near future I might be able to have a look at Dymocks whether I can find any of your books. I am sure they would make a nice Christmas gift for the great-grandchildren. Or maybe I can even find a way to pre-order. We’ll see.

    I live in the Illawarra, south of Sydney. My son lives in Benalla, Victoria. For a long time I have not been able to see him or any of his loved ones. I hope very much the lockdowns are not going to last much longer now. It would be so good if all my family could come together for Christmas. 🙂

    My husband died last year, and I live totally alone right now. It is a big change for me, especially when having to cope with lockdowns that make it impossible to see family. Most live in NSW but too far away from me, and my area has been in lockdown for many months now.
    Your blogger friend Uta
    HUGS! 🙂

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Dear Uta,
      How lovely to hear from you. I’m so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. It is such a terrible time to lose someone, without the family support that one would normally expect. I do hope you’re adjusting, coping and able to remain positive and well.
      It is some years since I’ve used the blog, but it’s so good to hear from fellow bloggers!
      Thank you for suggesting you look for my book. It’s been an interesting journey, though shall try to get the next published in Australia, as postage is so expensive from the UK. I do have a second being published in the UK, so hopefully that goes ahead as planned. It’s about the death of a grandmother, called Forever Bear.
      I think you’ll like that one!
      Blessings, hugs and love,


      1. bkpyett Post author

        Glad to hear you’re well. Yes, we’re still in lockdown but hopefully by the end of October restrictions will lift somewhat. It’s been a good time to be a writer!

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  2. bkpyett Post author

    I forgot to put the Paperback ISBN -9781398434158
    Hardback ISBN – 9781398434165
    In case anyone is interested in ordering. Apparently Dymocks will be handling the books in Australia. Since the post is slow at the moment, they can be pre-ordered. Thanks, Barbara

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