Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Friday, November 12, 2010


As we head toward the holiday season, I find myself thinking of family and the anticipation of our holiday gatherings...

I don't happen to have any quilters among my relatives, but I am always drawn to old quilts when I visit a flea market or antique store.  Like patches on an heirloom quilt, families have pieced-together memories of traditions, tears, laughter, struggles, celebrations, and faith.

And quilts are a great way to teach children about family, art, history, and even math!  I hope you'll enjoy sharing some of these books with your children - I've enjoyed discovering them!  Let me know if I've left out any of your favorites...


The Quilt Story by Tony Johnston, illustrations by Tomie dePaola (ages 4-8)

The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco (ages 4-8)

Eight Hands Round:  A Patchwork Alphabet by Ann Whitford Paul, illustrations by Jeanette Winter (ages 4-8)

The Log Cabin Quilt by Ellen Howard (ages 6 and up)

The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy, illustrations by Jerry Pinkney (ages 4-8)

The Canada Geese Quilt by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, illustrations by Leslie W. Bowman (ages 9-12)

Martha Ann's Quilt for Queen Victoria by Kyra E. Hicks, illustrations by Lee Edward Fodi (ages 9-12)

Quilting Now & Then by Julie B. Dock, Karen B. Willing; illustrations by Sarah Morse

Quilt-Block History of Pioneer Days(with Projects Kids Can Make), by Mary Cobb (grades 2 and up)

Baby Days:  A Quilt of Rhymes and Pictures, by Belina Downes (ages 4-8)

Pieces:  A Year in Poems and Quilts by Anna Grossnickle Hines (ages 4-8)

from my friend Jane Meyer's blog (fun post!)
The Quilt Maker's Journey and The Quilt Maker's Gift by Jeff Brumbeau

If you want to delve deeper into quilting, I found a great website on quilting history and with patterns for children's quilts.


  1. What a fun post!
    You definitely need to add The Quilt Maker's Journey and the Quilt Maker's Gift to your list. They're written by Jeff Brumbeau and beautifully illustrated by Gail de Marcken. I posted about these books, since they have so much to do with selfless giving, on my blog:

    I'd love to know, which one of the above books was your favorite?

  2. Probably yours, after I read them!!! I'll add them.
    I really like Patricia Polacco's books, so I'd have to go with THE KEEPING QUILT. I have yet to read BABY DAYS, but I thought it would make a lovely baby gift - especially if I were giving a quilt! And QUILT BOX HISTORY is great for home schoolers.
    I didn't see your post! Thanks - I'll check it out right now. :)