Knitting Themed Books for Kids

I’ve barely begun my Christmas shopping, so if you are anything like me and have some kids to buy for, why not help get the love of knitting started early and get them a knitting themed kid’s book?

Knitting Books for Toddlers: Ages 2-4

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Knitty Kitty: This is a great book to start off the youngest ones. The rhythm of the prose is lovely, the words are simple, and the illustrations are beautiful. Lila loves this one.

Noodle’s Knitting: Noodle the mouse finds a wonderful ball of yarn, and decides to knit a huge scarf… until she gets all tangled up!

Freddie’s Blanket: This sweet book is about a little platypus transferring to his own bed, and includes actual knitting patterns!

Knit Together: A little girl wants to knit like her mom, but finds it too difficult. So they collaborate on a knitting project together- she draws a picture, and her mom knits it. So sweet.

Knitting Books for Young Kids: Ages 4-6

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Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf:  This is a great book about a little girl learning to knit, and facing the frustrations and imperfections of that first project. It also comes as a deluxe set, and I’m pretty partial to it(you can see my review here).

Knitting Nell: This is a story about a little girl who was made to feel badly about her voice, so she doesn’t talk much- but she sure does knit a lot! Also talks a bit about charity knitting, which isn’t something you see much of in children’s books.

Annie Hoot and the Knitting Extravaganza: Annie the owl loves to knit, but the other owls don’t want to wear her knitted creations. So she knits herself an air balloon and goes off in search of animals that will appreciate her knitting.

Phoebe’s Sweater: This is a sweet book by the same author as Freddie’s Blanket. Phoebe is about to become a big sister, and learns about her new role in the family. This book also includes the knitting patterns for the knits featured in the story.

Knitting books for older kids:  Ages 6-9

Shall I Knit You a Hat?: When mother rabbit hears of a blizzard heading their way, she knits a special hat for rabbit. He loves the hat so much, they set about trying to knit for all their friends.

That Darn Yarn! : This is a pretty cool format- there are two stories in one! On one side of the book, is a sock monkey who gets snagged and begins to unravel. On the other side, a young girl find a ball of yarn and begins to knit a sock money. Watching these two stories come together is really clever and fun.

Extra Yarn: This utterly charming book is about a little girl who finds a magic box of yarn, and knit  a sweater for everyone and everything in her home town, until it’s famous. The illustrations are extraordinary.

The Magic Ball of Wool: one morning, Hedgehog wakes up to find a ball of wool stuck to his prickles. A spider teaches him how to knit, and he knits things for all his forest friends. Then one day, something happens and he needs a lot more yarn- this is a sweet book about helping others out, even when it’s difficult.

Our Newest Knitting Book Acquisition!

 

We love A Hat for Mrs. Goldman, our newest knitting books for Lila! It’s not only knitting themed, but also references Jewish culture (now I finally know what a mitzvah is! It’s a good deed!). Sophia is a little girl who helps her neighbor, Mrs. Goldman, make pom poms for hats. Mrs. Goldman knits for everyone in the neighbourhood to help keep them warm, but because she has put everyone before herself, she has no hat and is cold when they go for walks. So Sophia tries to knit a hat for Mrs. Goldman, even though it’s not easy. Lila loves this book! I’d say it’s ideal for ages 4-6, and promotes thinking about others, doing good deeds, and persevering even when something isn’t easy.

We aren’t Jewish, but I have been trying to read multicultural books to Lila in an effort to make sure that she doesn’t just see kid’s books full of white people. When I was a kid (maybe about 7 years old?), I had a school trip to the ballet and it was magical. We saw Sleeping Beauty, and I loved it except I insisted that the dancer wasn’t really Sleeping Beauty. The ballet dancer who played Sleeping Beauty was Asian, and in my books, Sleeping Beauty was always blonde. You know how kids can be so rigid in their definitions of something? Well, I had only ever seen blonde Sleeping Beauties, so I couldn’t accept anything else.  Now that I’m a parent, I don’t want my kids to think that only white people (and blondes at that!) can be a certain character. And I don’t want them to only see one type of person in their story books.

Fortunately, kid books are more diverse than ever before.  A good example is one of our favourites, The Airport Book, which shows a multiracial family (the mom is white and the dad is black) and teaches kids about what to expect when travelling by airplane. There is no discussion of race, it’s just a book about a family flying to visit grandparents and spending hours in an airport. And we love it! Perhaps a great gift idea for little ones that might be travelling by airplane next year?

20 comments

  1. Laura   •  

    What a great list! We love Extra Yarn, but I think we may have to pick up another knit-themed book or two.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Laura,

      Extra Yarn is so wonderful, I agree. Lila seems to love all the knitting themed books I can find, which is fantastic!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  2. Renee Anne   •  

    We have three of those books (Freddie’s Blanket, Annie & the Swiss Cheese Scarf, and Extra Yarn). WOOHOO!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Renee,

      I have a bonus suggestion- do your boys like pirates? There is Ned the Knitting Pirate, which is a wonderful story, although the illustrations are less than awesome. Lila really likes it though- she loves pirates and anything about knitting, so this was checking a lot of boxes in one go!

      Cheers,

      Julie

    • Julie   •     Author

      Ooh, that looks so good and I haven’t heard of it! I’ve heard of Ursula Le Guin, of course, but didn’t realize had written children’s books! thanks for the recommendation. I just checked, and our local library has it!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  3. Patty   •  

    Yes, there is knitting in this story!!

  4. Monica   •  

    This is a great list! We only have Extra Yarn (which I love), but I am adding more, now that I know which!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Monica,

      I love Extra Yarn!! The illustrations are so wonderful. There’s another knitting book Lila loves, called Ned the Knitting Pirate. It’s a great story, but the illustrations are little blah. The yarn and the knitting don’t look anything like yarn or knitting! more like fuzzy lumpy things. But pirate everything is very popular in our house!

  5. Kessa   •  

    I love this idea of knitting themed children’s books! L loves being read to and I think he will love it. Thanks for the list, now I know where to get started!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Kessa,

      I truly believe all kids love stories, it’s just a matter of finding the ones that resonate with them. And as knitters, our kids see us knitting, so the stories are extra interesting to them! They aren’t all that easy to find in bookstores, but ordering them is really easy. If you are finding the shipping brutal, look on bookdepository.com, they have free international shipping, and I use them when Amazon’s shipping is crazy.

  6. Kylie   •  

    Such a wonderful list. I’ve had Extra Yarn in my Amazon Wish list for a little while now, I’m glad to see that it will have some more yarn-related company! I’m determined that if I ply Liam with yarn (no pun intended) and knitting-related things throughout his life he will grow up to be a knitter!

    • Kylie   •  

      Oh yes and one of my all time favorite kids books has to be “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. A little boy’s grandmother knits him some white mittens (his colour choice not hers) and of course they get lost in the snow….The illustrations are wonderful and Liam gets a kick out of all the animals huddling together in a mitten.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Kylie,

      I agree- if we normalize knitting through story books and exposure, of course they will grown up to be knitters! I’m with you on this. And I have read the Mitten, it is excellent!

  7. Barbara   •  

    A great list of books, and we’ve only read about half of them! Two others I really like are “Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters” by K.G. Campbell, which is a very funny book about how different people might have different ideas about what’s ugly, and “Made by Raffi” by Craig Pomranz, which is about a boy who learns to knit, even though kids tease him about it.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Barbara,

      Oh, I’ll have to look for that one, sounds fantastic! Thank you for the recommendation!

  8. Christine   •  

    I can’t believe how much Lila has grown…such cute pictures of her.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Christine,

      I know, she seems like such a kid now, and not at all like a toddler! It’s so crazy. She is so sweet with James, a really good big sister.

  9. Faye   •  

    Thank you for putting together such a wonderful list! I’ve been searching for a list just like this! Love your blog!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thanks, Daisy! I really appreciate that. I always keep my eye out for knitting-themed kids books, and there was a great comment here about one I hadn’t heard of before, Milo Armadillo. i took it out of the library and my daughter LOVES it!

      Cheers,

      Julie

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