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New Book by Bestselling Author Jon Gordon Teaches Kids How to Be A Great Teammate


In the modern society’s competitive environment, it is natural for parents to teach children skills that help them to excel – to study harder, play better and learn faster than their peers. But one essential skill that is often overlooked in children’s growing years is the ability to be a fantastic team player and function well in groups.

That is why books like The Hard Hat for Kids are essential to every child’s development. Through likeable characters and an engaging story, this book teaches children the value of being a fantastic individual, and an outstanding teammate.

A Meaningful Story, Narrated Through Illustrations

The Hard Hat for Kids is an illustrated adaptation of The Hard Hat and is written by bestselling author Jon Gordon, who weaves an inspiring story that shares valuable lessons on teamwork. Although this book is marketed as a children’s story, the lessons it contains are inspiring to both children and adults alike.

The book tells a story about a young girl named Mickey, the granddaughter of a former basketball coach. Mickey started playing basketball even before she could walk. She loved the game and dreamed of the day when she would finally be in fifth grade and be old enough to play basketball for her school team.

When the day finally came, Mickey was elated as she joined the team’s first practice session. The school’s basketball coach surprised everyone by bringing out a prize that he called “The Hard Hat Award”, which would be presented to the best teammate.

Mickey was determined to win the award and confident that she could. After all, she was easily the team’s best player. But like all good stories, this tale comes with a twist that our protagonist did not expect.

Discovering the Secret to Being an Outstanding Team Player

Mickey goes on to score the most points in the game, but loses The Hard Hat Award to a boy named Jax, who is one of the team’s poorest shooters.

Confused and disappointed, Mickey goes on a personal journey to learn why Jax won the award instead of her. Taking her grandfather’s advice, Mickey stops focusing on herself and begins to observe all the ways Jax contributes to the team. Through Jax, she learns the values of hard work, effort, encouragement, belief, motivation, optimism, respect, energy, enthusiasm, and being a great friend.

The defining moment of Mickey’s journey comes when she discovers the secret to being a great teammate – when she writes down the values she’s learnt and realises that the first letter of each word come together to spell the phrase, “WE BEFORE ME”.

A Heartwarming Story for Kids, with Lessons with Everyone

Does Mickey win The Hard Hat Award at the end? We’ll keep this one spoiler a secret for you and your child to discover. By the book’s conclusion though, you may discover an even bigger lesson.

“Does the award really matter?”

Mickey and her teammates realise that the hard hat itself, wasn’t valuable. The lessons they learnt from being great teammates, was the reward they truly cared about.

The Hard Hat for Kidsis now available at all good bookstores.

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