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Kelly Jensen


Kelly is a former librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book, BODY TALK, will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Instagram @heykellyjensen.

I’ve never been a hat person, but every time I’ve tried on or received one as a gift, I’ve fallen in love. I love the statement, the ability to create a style or a bit of intrigue, and more, I love the practical value of a good cap: it keeps the sun off your eyes and your head. This is especially useful for readers who love to take their hobby outdoors but find the elements can make a long sit challenging. Good news, though: not only can you just don a hat to solve that problem but you can don a sweet bookish hat to boot.

Because of supply chain issues — a refrain we’ll keep singing for a long time to come — it’s actually quite challenging right now to find or produce decorative hats, especially of the baseball variety. All of the ones below come from small creators, meaning they have both the stock and supplies on hand.

There are a number of fun bookish hats for every kind of reader. Whether you want to be more minimalist in your apparel or are itching to be bold, there’s a perfect cap for you. Although I’m deeply obsessed with my recent baseball hat acquisition from a subscription box (it’s called “Saved By the Bill!”), I’m eyeing another cap or two to keep with me through my summer outdoor adventures, and several of these are very appealing.

Top It Off With These Bookish Hats

Image of a vintage blue baseball hat with a blue book on it.

Keep it simple with this book baseball hat. You can choose from a few different colors. $29.

Image of a dark blue vintage style baseball hat with the words "book nerd" inside a heart in white.

The heart around book nerd here is a nice touch. $25, with three different colors to choose from.

red baseball hat with white font in the middle that reads "book-ish."

The vintage red wash of this bookish cap is great, but if you prefer black or blue, those are also options. $23.

Image of a big floppy sunhat on a floral beach blanket on a beach. The hat reads "just one more chapter" in black.

Looking for a big floppy hat for your book loving heart? Look no further. You can get the “just one more chapter” version or a version reading “bibliophile” or “bookish.” $35.

Image of a white bucket hat with the words "main character energy" in black.

A bucket hat is main character energy, tbh. $15.

tie dye baseball hat in pink, blue, and purple. It reads "book babe" in pink.

This not-understated tie dye book babe hat is giving some bisexual vibes, too, and that’s not a bad thing. $22 and up.

image of a gray trucker hat. It has a reading rainbow patch on the front.

There is only one of these available, and you’ll have to race me to get it. An OG Reading Rainbow patch on a sweet trucker hat. $36. There is a Book It version, too.

image of a green baseball hat with white curly font that says "well read."

Last but not least, this well read hat is perfect for book nerds of all stripes. $23 with plenty of color options.

You know what pairs well with bookish hats? Some rad new bookish totes.