Books by Theme
Blankies and Other Favorite Things
Comfort comes in many forms. Sometimes it's a fuzzy blanket. Sometimes it's a cozy stuffed animal. Sometimes it's sharing a story with someone special. Many young readers will see themselves in these recommended books for kids ages 0-9 that feature characters who've found that love is something you can carry around, give away, and sometimes lose and find again.
Alfie Gives a Hand
Alfie takes his trusty blanket with him when he attends his first party alone, but bravely puts it down to comfort a friend who is frightened by a mask.
D.W.'s Lost Blanket
What happened to D.W.'s blankie? Though Arthur and her dad try to help, it is D.W.'s mom who solves the mystery and saves D.W.'s day.
Though her family tries to replace it, Little Flora, a young rabbit, can’t sleep because her blanket is missing. After much anxiety, the blanket is uncovered and all is well again.
Geraldine’s parents think it’s time for her to give up her old, tattered, but much loved pink baby blanket. Instead, Geraldine comes up with an inventive way to keep it with her always.
Though Jamaica wonders who lost the stuffed dog and struggles with the decision to try and find its owner, she ultimately returns it to the playground where she found it. When the dog is reunited with its rightful and very relieved young owner, Jamaica finds a new friend.
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale
Trixie enjoys errands with her dad until her beloved stuffed toy, Knuffle Bunny, is left at the Laundromat. It takes her mom's insight to figure out what made Trixie go "boneless." Only then is the beloved toy recovered and Trixie utters her first real words! Cartoon characters are imposed on a background of monochromatic photographs portraying a New York neighborhood. The book was awarded a Caldecott Honor.
Owen’s neighbor thinks that Owen is getting too old to take Fuzzy, his beloved yellow blanket, to kindergarten. With a snip, however, Owen's inspired mom comes up with a creative solution for all.
The Name Quilt
Sadie is devastated when her family's beloved quilt is blown away in a storm. As she and Grandma recall the names and stories of those represented in the patches, they realize that they can ultimately begin a new quilt – one with Sadie’s name stitched in the center.
The Red Woolen Blanket
Inseparable from her blanket, little Julia carries it with her everywhere until both her blanket and her need for it gradually disappear. Readers will appreciate the gentle humor in this recognizable story.
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge
Wilfrid helps an elderly friend, Miss Nancy, regain lost memories by bringing her some of her favorite things to remind her of them. This is a tender story of a friendship between two very different people, both of whom have four names, and the nature of memories.
Proceeds from the sale of books purchased at Bookshop.org and Amazon.com help support the Reading Rockets project. Thank you!