With so many children's books available these days, it can be hard to know the perfect book to get for your favorite quilting family. Sharing our love of quilts with younger generations is so important. And before you can sit a child in front of a sewing machine and teach them to quilt, you can read them books about quilts. That's why we're excited to share our top 10 children's books about quilts!
Do you know a quilter who is expecting a baby? Have a kid's birthday party coming up? Or do you just want to get a special book for your own child? Click on the links in each book description to buy your own copy for a beloved child in your life.
These books make excellent gifts for baby showers and birthdays. And they're even more thoughtful when paired with a handmade baby quilt! Best of all, they're all beautifully illustrated and can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.
Keep reading to get a peek inside our top 10 children's books, learn about Suzy's and Laura's favorites, and tell us about your favorite quilt themed children's books in the comments!
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The Top 10 Children's Books about Quilts
We've searched high and low, researched in libraries and bookshops, and read more books than you can count to bring you this list of the best children's books about quilts! Each book has stunning illustrations and touching stories, and they can all help foster an early childhood appreciation for quilts and quilting.
Many of the books included on our list use quilts as a metaphor for acceptance, understanding, and friendship. The strong family bonds created when quilts are made and given out of love is also a common theme. These books are heartwarming while teaching valuable lessons!
Starting off with Suzy and Laura's personal favorites, this list includes both board and picture books and has brief descriptions of each book so you can choose the perfect one for the special child in your life.
Cassie's World Quilt follows the main character of famed quilter and artist Faith Ringgold's classic book Tar Beach. Each block of Cassie's quilt shows us a different part of her life, from her apartment and school to the subway and park.
Along the way, the book prompts you to find special things in the pictures while reading, which is perfect for early readers and for building imagination. Suzy says this was one of Desi's favorite books when he was young and he loved to play I Spy while reading it!
Learn more about Faith Ringgold in the Suzy Quilts "Meet a Fabulous Fiber Artist" series.
The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt is the sweet story of a ghost who isn't like any of his friends or family. Instead of a light, airy sheet, this ghost is a heavy and colorful quilt. It's hard to fly and hide when you're a quilt ghost, and he is sad about being different until something special happens that only he gets to do. And it's all because he's a quilt!
This book is excellent for children with medical conditions, neurodiverse children, children with learning differences, or any child who feels different from everyone else. The heartwarming story is a reminder that being different is special.
If you participated in the Voyage Quilt Sew Along, I Sang You Down from the Stars will look familiar—it was our Week 4 book of the week! This stunningly illustrated book follows a pregnant mother as she gathers gifts for her baby, including making a quilt with loved ones.
Written and illustrated by Indigenous creators, it also emphasizes a belief in many Indigenous communities that babies choose their parents. This book would make the perfect baby shower gift for a quilter!
If you asked my one year old daughter to tell you which book on this list was her favorite, she'd definitely say Shapes! This board book is perfect for the earliest of readers, full of colorful shapes that are designed to look like quilts complete with stitching lines.
Graphic designer Shanti Sparrow says that she designed her book to be interesting to both children and adults, and that's even more true for quilters! I received this book as a hand-me-down from another quilter and love that this book has been passed between quilting parents.
Inspired by the real life intergenerational quilting group the Norwalk Community Quilt Project, The All-Together Quilt tells the story of bonding through quilting while also teaching the basics of quilting.
Young readers will learn the names of key quilting tools, how to cut fabric, how to piece two different blocks, and the many different ways those blocks can be arranged. Perfect for grandparents and other older quilters to share with their young loved ones!
Reuben and the Quilt is the story of an Amish family who work together to make a quilt for auction. Reuben's father has the idea to make a log cabin quilt to raise funds for a friend who needs surgery and the whole family is enlisted to make the quilt.
At first, Reuben is bored and self-conscious about quilting. But he learns to love it, and learns a lesson about compassion when the quilt is stolen and retrieved. This is an excellent choice for anyone interested in teaching children about Amish quilting, or for families with fathers and sons who quilt!
Elmer is a classic. Originally published in 1968, this book is now available both as a picture book and board book. Elmer isn't like the other elephants. Instead of being "elephant-colored," Elmer is a patchwork elephant.
He's a funny elephant, but is sad about being a different color. So one day, Elmer finds berries to roll in and paint himself gray. When he returns to his friends, Elmer learns that being a patchwork elephant isn't all bad, and that all of his friends love him for it.
This book became so popular that it became a series, so if your child loves this book, you can explore many more Elmer stories.
There are many books for young readers about the legendary quilters of Gee's Bend. What makes Belle, the Last Mule at Gee's Bend special is that this book tells the broader story Gee's Bend, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s visit to the community.
The story follows Alex, a child visiting Gee's Bend while his mother shops for a quilt. Alex learns all about the Belle, one of the mules that pulled Dr. King's casket after his death.
The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story follows Kanzi whose family recently moved to the United States from Egypt. Kanzi loves the quilt her teita (grandmother) made for her, but at school she feels self-conscious about her culture.
After being bullied by another student, Kanzi's teacher has an excellent idea to teach her class about the importance of learning about other languages and cultures. The students work together to make a paper quilt inspired by Kanzi's quilt!
This book is perfect for children who have immigrated or quilting teachers who may be interested in doing quilt activities with their grade school classes!
The Keeping Quilt is the amazing story of a real quilt made at the turn of the 20th century by a Russian Jewish immigrant family. Patricia's great-grandmother came to this country with little besides her favorite dress and a babushka.
When she grew, her mother made a quilt out of them which was passed down through generations. The book follows those generations, showing traditions that have changed and some that have stayed the same over time. This classic book emphasizes that quilts are an important part of genealogy and reminds quilters of the lives our quilts might have long after we make them.
This book was given to me by a quilter friend when I was pregnant, and it quickly became a personal favorite!
What are Your Favorite Children's Books about Quilts?
Did you enjoy our roundup of children's books about quilts? Are you interested in future blog posts about middle grade and young adult books about quilts? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to tell us about your favorite children's book about quilts!