Q: Quilts: Children’s Books Featuring Quilts
The Josefina Story Quilt by Eleanor Coerr
California, here we come!
Faith’s Pa says there’s no room on a wagon train for Josefina, a chicken who’s too tough to eat and too old to lay eggs. But Faith loves her pet. Can Josefina show Pa that she still has a few surprises left in her?
The Quilting Bee by Gail Gibbons
Welcome to the quilting bee!
With the help of popular author/illustrator Gail Gibbons, you’ll learn how quilts are made and discover their fascinating history as well as lots of fun facts.
Back in colonial times, quilting bees were important social functions, combining both work and pleasure. They still exist today and attract thousands of snippers, clippers, and stitchers from all walks of life.
Some traditional quilt patterns have funny names: Trip Around the World, Bear’s Paw, Crazy Quilt. Today’s quilt makers also use their imaginations to create new designs that are works of art.
Here’s the book to get you started in the wonderful world of quilts. Maybe you’ll want to make one of your own!
The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco
“We will make a quilt to help us always remember home,” Anna’s mother said. “It will be like heaving the family in backhome Russia dance around us at night.
And so it was. From a basket of old clothes, Anna’s babushka, Uncle Vladimir’s shirt, Aunt Havalah’s nightdress and an apron of Aunt Natasha’s become The Keeping Quilt, passed along from mother to daughter for almost a century. For four generations the quilt is a Sabbath tablecloth, a wedding canopy, and a blanket that welcomes babies warmly into the world.
In strongly moving pictures that are as heartwarming as they are real, Patricia Polacco tells the story of her own family, and the quilt that remains a symbol of their enduring love and faith.
Eight Hands Round: A Patchwork Alphabet by Ann Whitford Paul
“Paul provides information about pioneer life through speculation about the origins of 26 quilt patterns, one for each letter of the alphabet. The variety of colors and designs makes the quilts themselves the real stars of the book [and] will [encourage] students to develop their own creations in cloth or on paper.” —SLJ.
The Quiltmaker’s Gift by Jeff Brumbeau
When a generous quiltmaker finally agrees to make a quilt for a greedy king, but only under certain conditions (she gives her quilts to the poor and homeless), she causes him to undergo a change of heart and the King discovers you can find happiness by giving to others. Each page highlights a different quilt block pattern whose name relates to the unfolding story.