As you may have gathered from previous posts, one of my favorite things to do with my kids is read books with them. From my years of being a classroom teacher and now a homeschool mom, I have compiled a plethora of book lists. (In fact, on occasion a librarian has been known to ask me to suggest a title for a particular need during one of of our weekly library visits.) I could probably be considered a book collector too with having probably a few thousand books. I love to read on my own and to my children.
So naturally, if I want to introduce a topic to my kids, books are often involved. Especially fictional ones as hearing a story often helps in relating and remembering. So, without further explanation, here are just some of my favorite books to read to children on the topic of quilts. Many of these books might be found at local libraries.
Quilt Alphabet by Lesa Cline Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome, is an excellent introduction to the words of quilting. Their 2nd book, Quilt Counting, is an excellent introduction to numbers.
The Quilt Story combines a wonderful author (Tony Johnston) with an excellent illustrator (Tomie dePaola). How could you not have an outstanding book!
The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco is sentiment. Although this one takes a bit longer to read, you can never go wrong with Polacco’s retelling of stories based on her childhood.
The Quilt by Ann Jones recounts old and upcoming adventures.
The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills is a wonderful story about contentment and gratitude.
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt might be for older readers due to presenting a complicated time period. Yet Deborah Hopkinson provides a wonderful history background for the Underground Railroad. She presents a time when the shape and patterns of quilts took on a new significance.
Oma’s Quilt by Paulette Bourgeois tells a story about life’s transitions.
I hope that one of these quilt books on the list will become a new family favorite.
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