Thursday, January 14, 2010

Time to Get Dressed (or Not as the Case May Be)

One thing that all young children have in common is that they all spend time every day getting dressed and undressed. This simple activity is a significant part of their little world - it's an opportunity to potentially express individualism, a chance to practice developing fine motor skills (zipper, snaps and buttons), a moment of together time with a loving caregiver. You'll find below a selection of books all about getting dressed and wearing clothes and in some cases, this is very silly indeed. Also, check out This Is the Baby by Candace Fleming from a previous post.
Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett
Brought to you by the author of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing is a silly and fun exploration about why a variety of animals' natural 'clothing' is right just the it is. (Ages 4-9)
(Full bibliographic info: Barrett, Judi. Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing. Antheum, 1970.)

Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton
Boynton's lovable and quirky characters progress through the many articles of clothing in rainbow of colors. However each clothing item has an "oops" guaranteed to get your little ones giggling. (Ages 2-5)
(Full bibliographic info: Boynton, Sandra. Blue Hat, Green Hat. Little Simon, 1984.)

The Hat by Jan Brett
Poor Hedgie tangles himself with a stocking and it remains adhered to his prickles on his head much to the amusement of all the other animals. Why, don't they know a fashionable hat when they see one? (Ages 3-7)
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(Full bibliographic info: Brett, Jan. The Hat. Putnam, 1997.)

Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom
Lovable Jesse Bear is getting dressed in all sorts of clothes throughout his busy preschool aged day. Colorful illustrations and a lively rhyme carry the story. (Ages 2-5)
(Full bibliographic info: Carlstrom, Nancy White. Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? Collier Macmillan, 1986.)

Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine
If you've known a preschooler, then it's possible that you've known an Ella Sarah. She is bound and determined to dress herself in a particular (and not quite coordinated) set of clothes that she needs for her special playdate with friends. (Ages 2-5)
(Full bibliographic info: Chodos-Irvine, Margaret. Ella Sarah Gets Dressed. Harcourt, 2003.)

Muriel's Red Sweater by Dara Dokas
It's Muriel's birthday and she is distributing invitations to all of her friends and it becomes clear to them what she needs for her birthday - a new sweater! To replace the one that unraveled the whole day that she was out and about. (Ages 3-6)
(Full bibliographic info: Dokas, Dara. Muriel's Red Sweater. Dutton Children's Books, 2009.)

Shoes from Grandpa by Mem Fox
Set to the rhythm of "The House that Jack Built", Shoes from Grandpa progresses through a wardrobe of apparel that a young girl needs to go with her shoes from her Grandpa. (Ages 2-6)
(Full bibliographic info: Fox, Mem. Shoes from Grandpa. Orchard Books, 1990.)

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Tabback
This award winning story is adapted from a Yiddish folk tale and tells how Joseph is able to use the fabric from his worn overcoat to make increasingly smaller items. (Ages 4-9)
(Full bibliographic info: Tabback, Simms. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. Viking, 1999.)


  1. My favorite "getting dressed" book is Too Purpley by Jean Reidy.

  2. I ALWAYS enjoy your book selections...great quality books that fit with the theme you are exploring. I get soooo bored when subject lists include drecky titles....arrgh

  3. I love your lists! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas.

  4. This is a great list. I've only recently discovered Jan Brett, so I'm excited to see another one by her.

  5. My Kinders LOVED Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing. They would snigger in corners over it, as if it had rude pictures!