Sunday, November 25, 2007

Kid and Teen books with quilting stories

In an attempt to make my blog more of a resource and companion to my website, I've been interspersing some informational articles and things with the more personal "what I've been up to" posts. Feel free to ignore either if you prefer one or the other, but I think most of my readers will find both kinds of posts interesting. This bibliography is part of the one that I put together for my thesis project in college, "Quilting as a Means of Control and Transformation in Terris' Nell's Quilt". Maybe someday I'll post the whole paper, just to show how smart I was once. :D

Quilting is a very popular theme in books and short stories. It can very easily become a metaphor for story telling and also for the drawing together of people and groups of women. I’ve compiled a short list of books for children and adolescents that involve quilting and needlework. Some of the books in this bibliography address the use of quilting in books and stories. This list includes books that are appropriate for many grade levels, including older kids and teens. These books are those in which quilting is a central theme, not one in which there is a passing mention of quilting.

Story books with quilts and quilting in them are a great way to connect a child’s imagination to an activity if you’d like to teach him or her to quilt. Children as young as seven can learn to put together a quilt block like a simple four patch block. A four patch block is like a checkerboard of four small squares of fabric making up the larger square. A sewing machine isn’t at all necessary, since it will be easier for little fingers to handle the slower pace of hand sewing. Many of these books would be great for a home school unit that includes learning to quilt.

Benberry, Cuesta. A Patchwork of Pieces: An Anthology of Early Quilt Stories.
Paducah, KY: American Quilter’s Society, 1993.

Cobb, Mary. The Quilt-Block History of Pioneer Days. Brookfield, CT: The Millbrook
Press, 1995.

Coerr, Eleanor. The Josefina Story Quilt. New York: Harper & Row, 1986.

Dallas, Sandra. The Persian Pickle Club. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1995.

Elsley, Judy. Quilts as Text(iles): The Semiotics of Quilting. New York: P. Lang, 1996.

Flournoy, Valerie. The Patchwork Quilt. New York: Scholastic, 1996.

Geras, Adell. Apricots at Midnight. New York: Atheneum, 1982.

Johnston, Tony. The Quilt Story. New York: Putnam & Grosset, 1996.

Kirby, Susan E. Ellen’s Story. American Quilts Book 1. New York: Aladdin
Paperbacks, 2000.
---. Hattie’s Story. American Quilts Book 2. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 2000.

LoPinto, Celia. Stitch Me a Story: A guide to children’s books with a quilting theme.
San Francisco: C. LoPinto, 1994.

Love, D. Anne. Bess’s Log Cabin Quilt. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell, 1996.

Parker, Sandra. Home Material: Ohio’s Nineteenth-Century Regional Women’s Fiction.
Bowling Green, OH: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1998.

Parrish, Shelley Berlin. Sharing Grandma’s Gift. Milwaukee, WI: Peanut Butter
Publishing, 2000.

Paul, Ann Whitford. The Seasons Sewn: A Year in Patchwork. San Diego: Browndeer
Press, 1996.

Rinaldi, Ann. A Stitch in Time. The Quilt Trilogy. New York: Scholastic Inc., 1994.
---. Broken Days. The Quilt Trilogy. New York: Scholastic Inc., 1995.
---. The Blue Door. The Quilt Trilogy. New York: Scholastic Inc., 1996.

Smucker, Barbara Claasen. Selina and the Bear Claw Quilt. New York: Dragonfly
Books, 1999.

Terris, Susan. Nell’s Quilt. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1987.

Torsney, Cheryl B. Quilt Culture: Tracing the Pattern. Columbia, MO: The University
of Missouri Press, 1994.

Turner, Ann Warren. Sewing Quilts. New York: Macmillan, 1994.

Webb, Aliske. Twelve Golden Threads: Lessons for successful living from Grama’s
quilt. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1992.

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