Book Review: R .M. Halterman, Author, Illustrator, and Children's Book Blogger September, 2018

"Walk into any bookstore and you will find dozens of ABC books for your kids. From animals to trucks and tools to cartoon characters, you have all of the options in the world. But what happens when they are learning the basics of reading?

My Magic Hat Rules! is a creative, fun way of teaching fundamental phonics all the while using a play on words. Let this magic hat walk you and your kids through a fun story with learning intertwined. Its repetitive structure allows the young reader to gain confidence in fluency and holds your interest with introducing new reading rules as the story progresses. 

The whimsy, colorful illustrations solidify the lessons throughout the book. From word finding to bright hues it is delightful on the eyes. Our daughter wasn’t just helping us find the letters in each rule but looking for her own magic hat to help her read!

Debi Novotny is throwing her magic hat into the ring of children's literature with her debut series, My Magic Hat Rules!  Debi writes stories that blend technical learning with vibrant colors and engaging characters.  Her inspiration is drawn from twenty years of teaching early childhood education.

Thea Schaeffer has been a successful artist for over twenty five years.  She adds a creative flair to everything she does, including the illustrations for My Magic Hat Rules!  Thea specializes in ceramic art, and brought this book to life by creating the illustrations on tiles."

My Magic Hat Rules! Video

This magical book can show you reading tips and make learning fun!

Where Can I Buy an Autographed Book?



16856 E. Avenue of the Fountains

Fountain Hills, AZ

(480) 816-8445

Write-Ons, etc.


6201 N. 7th Street

Phoenix, AZ

(602) 234-9988

The Village Mercantile


706 N. Beeline Highway, Suite B

Swiss Village

Payson, AZ

(719) 213-8642

Changing Hands Bookstore


6428 S. McClintock Dr.

Tempe, AZ

(480) 730-0205

300 W. Camelback Rd.

Phoenix, AZ

(602) 274-0067

Barnes & Noble Desert Ridge Marketplace


21001 N. Tatum Blvd.

Phoenix, AZ

(480) 538-8520


Mesa Public Library


My Magaic Hat Rules! is now available  at the Mesa Public Library!

Local Author Book Collection


My Magic Hat Rules! is available now at the Civic Center Branch of the Scottsdale Public Library

Check Out Your Local Library

  1. Homework may soon be a thing of the past, but I'm sure you will agree with me when I say that good study habits are still important for becoming a successful learner.   Set aside 'study' time every day. Read books together!

Now available at the Buckeye Library

My Magic Hat Rules! is available at the Buckeye Library.

My Magic Hat Rules! is now available at the Buckeye Public Library!  Kids, teachers, tutors, and grandparents...check it out!

COMING SOON: Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Library


Looking for a new book that makes reading fun? Check out My Magic Hat Rules!

Apache Junction Library

This amazing library has a wonderful book selection for kids.  Check out their summer calendar!

The Apache Junction Library has a wonderful selection of books for kids!  Check out their after school activities!