Bookbug Detective: Books for Kids Who Wear Glasses
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My little boy has new glasses that he hates wearing. I wondered if there were any books that might help him feel more comfortable wearing them.
To be honest, historically there haven’t been many picture books featuring children with glasses, but I think this is slowly beginning to change. The most effective ones in my view are those which, incidentally, have characters who wear glasses, rather than focusing specifically on the glasses as the issue. This just makes them appear normal and not a big deal. The more children see characters like themselves in the books they read, the more comfortable they can begin to feel with how they look and feel. Here are a few:
- Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero by Anne Cottringer and Alex T. Smith – By day, Eliot is a quiet boy who likes to read and play with his toys. But when the clock strikes midnight, Eliot is transformed into a hero!
- Izzy Gizmo by Pip Jones and Sara Ogilvie - Izzy Gizmo's inventions are marvellous, magnificent . . . and often malfunction. But when she finds a crow with a broken wing, she has to help!
- Snug by Carol Thompson – A sweet, cuddly book about what makes us feel snug. Child’s Play can’t be beaten for inclusivity and you’ll find many of their books feature children who wear glasses.
- The Elephant & Piggie series by Mo Willems – Mo Willems is a comic genius and this series follows the relationship between two friends and their antics.
- Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School by David Mackintosh - it doesn’t take long for Marshall to prove that you don’t have to follow the crowd to be the most popular kid in the playground.
- There’s a Lion in my Cornflakes by Michelle Robinson and Jim Field – a hilarious story about a little boy and his brother who decide to collect enough tokens so they can have their very own lion!
- Sidney, Stella and the Moon by Emma Yarlett - Twins Sidney and Stella love doing everything together… everything except sharing. When a quarrel over a bouncy ball creates a moon-sized problem, the twins must face their biggest ever challenge: working together to find a new moon!
There are also a few good titles that tackle the issue of glasses wearing directly and turn them into a strength:
- Specs for Rex by Yasmeen Ismail – a lovely story about a lion called Rex who hates wearing his glasses, accompanied by Ismail’s vibrant and colourful illustrations.
- Winnie Flies Again by Korky Paul and Valerie Thomas – part of the successful Winnie the Witch series, trouble begins when Winnie starts bumping into things…
- Benjamin and the Super Spectacles by Rachel Bright - Each book in this series gently and humorously addresses a ‘first experience’ that all young children will be able to relate to, in Rachel’s inimitable style.
- Peppa’s First Glasses – who better to take young children through first experiences, including needing glasses?
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