Picture Books for Fashionistas

Georgetown LibraryStaff Picks

Picture Books for Fashionistas

Books for Children Who Love All Things Fashion

Do you have a child at home who is obsessed with clothes or shoes? From garments and accessories ranging from tiaras on top of the head, kimonos wrapped just right, and sandals on one's feet, the library has several selections your little one will love.  Here are just a few great books you can share with the young fashionistas in your life.  In addition to enjoying the stories and pouring over the illustrations, readers may get some inspiration of their own.  Most of the books on this list can be read out loud to preschoolers, although the last two choices are somewhat longer and might be best suited for children in grades two through five.

Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor
Nancy loves to be fancy, complete with lace frills on her soccer socks, but everyone else in her family can be a bit plain.  Luckily for them, she is willing to teach all of them how to be fancy.  When her attempts don’t go quite as planned, Nancy learns that family is even more important than being fancy.  Fancy Nancy is perfect for children who love glittering tiaras, frilly toothpicks in their sandwiches, and stories with a heartfelt message.

Shoe-La-La by Karen Beaumont
Emily, Ashley, Kaitlyn and Claire are determined to find new shoes for a party, so they head to a shoe store and try on everything they have.  They soon learn, however, that the shoe store has a lot of options—almost too many!  When the girls use their imaginations and a few crafting supplies, they come up with the perfect solution.  Hand Shoe-La-La to any child who loves shoes.

My Mother’s Sari by Sandhya Rao
Throughout this short picture book, a little girl describes all of the things her mother’s sari can do. She notices what a long train it has and even blows her nose on it.  The end pages of the story show readers how a sari can be tied.  Children who love their parents’ clothes will love My Mother’s Sari.

Birdie’s Big Girl Dress by Sujean Rim
Birdie needs the perfect dress to wear to her birthday party. Unfortunately, her favorite party dress doesn’t fit, and the boutique doesn’t have anything quite right for her.  It’s up to Birdie to find a few ways to make the clothes that are already in her home special.  Readers who enjoy playing dress up will love Birdie’s Big Girl Dress.

The Hueys In the New Sweater by Oliver Jeffers
All of the Hueys were exactly the same.  Same thoughts, same interests, until one day, a Huey named Rupert knitted himself a sweater.  Most of the Hueys were horrified by Rupert’s actions until Rupert went to his friend Gillespie, who decided to make his own sweater and be different alongside Rupert.  The Hueys In the New Sweater shows readers that having your own style is perfectly okay.

Joseph Had  A Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
What happens to Joseph’s overcoat when it becomes old and worn out?  He turns it into a new garment until finally he has nothing left except a story to tell.  Simms Taback’s story is complete with die cuts and a tune that readers can sing the story to. This Caldecott winning book is a great read aloud for those itching to guess what the overcoat will become next.

Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed
Everyone in the refugee camp in Peshawar is thrilled when a truck of donated clothes arrives, including ten-year-old Lina, who hasn’t worn shoes for two years, but finds one sandal that fits perfectly.  It is a beautiful sandal, yellow with one blue flower on it.  The next day, she meets Feroza, the girl who got the other sandal.   The two new friends decide to take turns wearing the sandals as a pair, switching who gets them each day.  As they live their lives in the refugee camp, the two learn that friendship is even more important than a pair of shoes.  Four Feet Two Sandals is great for those who love clothes and stories of friendship.

Suki’s Kimono by Chieri Uegaki
It’s the first day of school, and Suki’s older sisters don’t approve of her decision to wear her kimono.  For Suki, the garment holds special memories of attending a street festival with her obachan, her grandmother.  When her new teacher asks everyone to share what they did over the summer, Suki starts to feel self-conscious.  Can Suki show her classmates why her kimono is important to her?  Share this story with children who aren’t afraid of being different.