Books for Textile Kids-of-All-Ages in the TLC


Expanding the book collection in the Weston Howland Textile Learning Center (TLC) has been a priority as the slate of activities for this hands-on room is developed. To serve the interests of our wide age-range of visitors, we offer a large variety of books, all with a common connection to textiles. I was surprised by how pervasive the underlying topic of textiles could be in such disparate book types such as mystery thrillers, self-help and wisdom-sharing books, craft and repurposing idea books, young adult novels, touchy-feely fabric books for toddlers, and a myriad of clever books for the young-at-heart with sheep as their main characters. Here are some Staff Favorites:

The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry – Sampling this NY Times bestselling novel in the TLC will whet your appetite to add it to your own collection. As the book’s blurb says, the narrator “hails from a family of Salem women who can read the future in the patterns in lace, and who have guarded a history of secrets going back generations.” This is a mystery thriller called “gripping” by USA Today, as well as “evocative, layered, smart, and astonishing” by others. Also consider the international bestseller Three Bags Full by Carl Hiaasen – a sheep detective story, and Knit the Season by Kate Jacobs, a #1 NY Times bestselling author of the Friday Night Knit Club series.

There are extremely clever books out now guiding us in making astonishingly cute home-made toys. Try looking at some of these:

The Big Book of Knitted Monsters – Mischievous, Lovable Toys by Rebecca Danger

Knitted Wild Animals – 15 Adorable Easy-to-Knit Toys by Sarah Keen (she has two books out with different animals)

Knitted Babes – Five Dolls & their Wardrobes to Knit and Stitch by Claire Garland (make the dolls, then create their wardrobes!)

Knitted Toy Tales – Irresistable Characters for All Ages by Laura Long (she shows you how to knit the characters in fairy tales)

Amigurumi Knits by Hansi Singh

Stray Sock Sewing by Daniel (make toys out of stray socks – very cute)

Happy Gloves – Charming Softy Friends Made From Colorful Gloves by Miyako Kanamori (I LOVE this book – absolutely adorable toys can be made with those stray gloves you didn’t know what to do with)

And of course, all those kids’ books that feature near and dear textile subjects like sheep, llamas, fashion, and more:

Is Your Mama a Llama by Deborah Guarino (Over a million copies sold, featured on Oprah’s Book Club for Kids)

Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy E. Shaw & Margot Apple (these sheep are also found in later sequels like On a Ship and Take a Hike)

The Truly Terrible Horrible Sweater that Grandma Knit by Vincent Nguyen

Love from Woolly by Nina Michaels & Nicola Smee (a touch and feel book)

Tickle the Duck by Ethan Long (this one comes with a pair of gloves to do the tickling with)

Flannel Kisses by Linda Crotta Brennan

Fancy Nancy – Bonjour Butterfly by Jane O’Connor (love her clothes)

Unique Monique by Maria Rousaki (she should get to know Fancy Nancy)

What! Cried Granny by Kate Lum (this granny is simply amazing!)

So, when you stop into the TLC for a little rest and relaxation after viewing the Museum, grab a book and get cozy. We bet you will find something to interest you.

Sue Bunker
Director of Education

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