Books About Yarn

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I know! I know! If you are a fan of our alphabet theme series, I’ve been neglecting you, and I’m sorry! One of my goals this year is to try to share one new alphabet theme each month. Maybe you are wondering why that is so difficult, and the truth is I am trying to limit photography time during our home preschool activities.  During that time I want to be fully engaged in what the kids are doing and supporting their learning in the ways that they need. With three kids working at three different age levels, that can be challenging even without trying to photograph activities. But I do ultimately want to cover each letter of the alphabet here on the blog, so thank you for being patient with me. 🙂

Starting today and throughout the month of February we’ll be exploring a Y is for Yarn theme. You may notice that my littles look, well, even younger in these photos, and that’s because this is a theme we covered last spring that I never got around to sharing.  Like our previous themes we’ll be sharing a book list, some of the activities we’ve covered, and some of our favorite resources around the web.

Today we’re getting started with some of the books we enjoyed reading about yarn. Finding books about this theme was a bit more challenging than our other themes, so we included books about yarn, wool, and knitting.

12 Books About Yarn...great books to read for a Y is for Yarn theme, learning about fabric, or a learning to knit.

Books About Yarn

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Extra Yarn is a Caldecott Honor Book. It’s the story of how Annabelle adds a splash of color and a bright new attitude to her community with a box of yarn. I like the underlying theme that anyone can make a difference. 

Mischief In the Forest: A Yarn Yarn is the story of a grandmother living alone in the forest. She spends most of her time knitting for her grandchildren who live in the city. One day when her yarn goes missing she realizes she’s not exactly alone in the forest, and it no longer feels like such a lonely place.

Knitting Nell is the story of a shy little girl who spends most of her time quietly knitting for others. After gaining a bit of confidence winning a medal for service to others, she begins to talk more as she teaches others to knit. It’s a sweet story about finding your voice. 

Woolbur is the story of a sheep who is different and very proud to be himself.

Knitty Kitty is busy knitting clothing items to keep her kittens warm, but when it’s time for bed they realize they’ve left their things behind. Not to worry, Knitty Kitty has just the thing to keep them warm and cozy. The bouncing rhythm of this story is great for toddlers and preschoolers.

In Mr. Putter and Tabby Spin the Yarn Mr. Putter’s neighbor is starting a knitting club. Tabby and Mr. Putter offer to help out, but things quickly go astray when Tabby and Mrs. Teaberry’s dog disrupt the club.

In Phoebe’s Sweater Phoebe’s family is awaiting the arrival of a new baby. As they wait, Phoebe’s mother is busy knitting something…a sweater for Phoebe.

The Magic Ball of Wool is a story about friendship and helping others. One morning hedgehog awakes to find a ball of wool. He knits something for each of his forest friends, but when another friend is in trouble he finds he’s at the end of his ball of wool. Soon the friends he’s helped before join in to help.

Annie and the Swiss Cheese Scarf is a story about patience and persistence. Annie really wants to know how to knit, but she can’t quite get the hang of it. Little ones will love the rhyme Annie’s mom uses to help teach her.

Little Lamb, Have You Any Wool? is another story about friendship. In the book lamb generously offers a little boy his wool to make everything he needs to keep warm in the winter. Soon the boy starts to worry that lamb will now be cold in the winter so he decides to help lamb, too.

Wool and Cotton are nonfiction books that invite kids to explore the properties of these natural materials. Each book tells where the material comes from and how it is used.

Do you know of any other books that would be great to read during a Y is for Yarn theme?

Next week we’ll be back to share a series of sensory and learning activities we did to go along with our yarn theme.

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  1. ShareePoint says:

    I love your site! So creative, I ordered half the books and created the yarn sensory bin tonight with all existing stuff. Thank you so much for sharing your great ideas.

  2. I am totally in love with Woolbur! It was love at first sight for me. A powerful message tied up in a funny package.

  3. Who knew there were so many books about yarn?! LOL! And I like your goal of limiting photography during activities. The camera can get in the way of learning sometimes…

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