I wanted to share some of my favorite clothing theme books with you. Click on the books below to check them out on Amazon. I hope these book suggestions help!
Hippo Has a Hat
Julia Donaldson et Nick Sharratt
There is chaos in the clothes shop when the animals go on a glorious shopping spree. Zebra’s zipper is stuck and Toad’s tracksuit is far too big, but Flamingo finds a stylish bag, and Caterpillar’s shoes are really cool. There has never been a fashion show like it. Rhyming text is perfect for interactive play with young children and inspires them to play dress up.
Jean Reidy et Geneviève Leloup
Too purpley, too tickly, too puckery, too prickly! There is not a single outfit in the closet that our little fashion plate wants to wear. She tries on everything, but nothing is quite right. And the outfits are getting wilder by the minute! « Too Purpley » give us a playful rhyme scheme and colorful, textile-driven art.
Getting Dressed with Lily and Milo
In these charming story, Lily, and her mischievous mouse friend, Milo, there is a delightful focus on daily activities; the repetition of different objects on each page provides memory games for toddlers, and the cheeky 0humor creates unique learning experiences.
The Smartest Giant in Town
Julia Donaldson et Axel Scheffler
George was always the scruffiest giant in town… until he finds a giant clothes shop and buys himself a smart new outfit! On his way home George meets a number of animals who need his help. He gives his tie to a giraffe as a scarf for his chilly neck. He gives his shirt to a goat who needs a sail for his boat. He gives one of his shoes to a little mouse and her babies as a new house. Finally he gives his sock to a fox who needs a sleeping bag and his belt to a dog crossing a bog – then George’s trousers fall down. When George goes back to the shop he finds it has closed. Luckily he discovers his old patched gown and sandals in a bag. All the animals give him a beautiful card and a golden crown, naming George the kindest giant in town.
Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do
Kathryn Heling et Deborah Hembrook
Who wears oven mitts, an apron, and a puffy hat? Who uses safety glasses and a saw? Clothes and gear associated with an array of different professions appear on a clothesline, with an accompanying four line stanza asking the reader to guess what job that person does. Then turn the page to learn which professionals wear and use the special gear in the jobs they do. Through lively, accessible verse, readers identify recognizable careers.
Cat and Mouse – Let’s Go Shopping!
Stéphane Hussar et Loïc Méhée
Cat and Mouse get along wonderfully and are both very curious… Simple dialogues in the form of bubbles with a color code to identify the characters. The dialogues and the glossary can be listened to on the audio CD provided. With Cat and Mouse – Let’s go shopping!, children will go shopping with our two heroes and discover the names of clothes in English. But are a cat and a mouse really meant to wear clothes?
Bear Gets Dressed
Harriet Ziefert et Arnold Lobel
What does Bear wear? Let’s look and see. The weather keeps changing, and so does he. It’s very chilly out there, is short the right thing? Oh no—but a bright red sweater keeps him cozy and warm. Every spread offers a selection of items from Bear’s wardrobe; when the flap is opened, there’s Bear, perfectly dressed in the correct garment to enjoy the day. Not only will toddlers discover which clothes work in what weather; the text reinforces color basics, too.
My brother is really COOL. He’s a SUPER skateboarder and he’s got MASSIVE muscles. He can run so FAST that … he can FLY! Yes, my brother is really COOL. A humorous, affectionate tribute to brothers, perfect for adults and children everywhere. A brilliant follow-up to the best-selling My Dad and My Mum!
Vegetables in Underwear
A sampling of vegetables wear colourful underwear of all varieties big, small, clean, dirty, serious and funny displaying for young ones just how much fun this undergarment can be. With rhyming text, this vibrant story will enthuse preschoolers to celebrate having left those diapers behind!
I Love My Hat
Douglas Florian et Paige Keiser
One autumn morning, Farmer Brown gets on his tractor and heads to town. Along the way, he picks up a cat in a hat, a goat in a coat, an ox in socks, and other animals who love their clothes – and each animal sings a little song about what it’s wearing. When they reach the town, it’s Farmer Brown’s turn to sing about his clothes – after he gets some new ones.
The Jacket I Wear In The Snow
Shirley Neitzel et Nancy Winslow Parker
Rhyme follows rhyme as layer after layer of winter clothing (“bunchy and hot, wrinkled a lot, stiff in the knee, and too big for me!”) is first put on and then taken off to the relief of the child bundled inside. Clever rebuses and jaunty illustrations make The Jacket I Wear in the Snow especially fun for prereaders and new readers.
Mary Wore Her Red Dress
Merle Peek et James Cross Giblin
On Katy’s birthday, all of her animal friends come to the party dressed in clothes of different colors. « Mary Wore Her Red Dress » is an adaptation of a Texas folk song, with bright colours. To further focus attention on color, the words are printed in boxed insets of the appropriate hue…
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed
Ella Sarah may be little, but she has a big sense of style–and it isn’t at all like that of her mother, father, and older sister. They all want her to dress just like them! Ella Sarah will have none of it–and when her flamboyantly dressed friends arrive, it’s clear that Ella Sarah’s favorite outfit is just right for her. Written and illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine, this spirited story plenty of exuberant colors and patterns will gently nudge young children toward independence.
Maggie and Michael Get Dressed
It’s time for Michael to get dressed! Michael knows where each piece of colorful clothing should go. Yellow socks on feet, brown hat on head. But who will end up wearing the blue pants? Maggie and Michael Get Dressed is a sweet concept book about a boy getting dressed in colorful clothing, with an adorable canine helper.
Giles Andreae et Nick Sharratt
You can never have enough pants, as this exuberant celebration of lots and lots more pants proves! Giles Andreae’s brilliant rhyming text and Nick Sharratt’s hilarious, vibrant illustrations will delight children and adults alike. Featuring amongst others, a hippo, a zebra and a kangaroo in pants, this lively picture book is guaranteed to make you giggle!
Mrs McNosh Hangs up Her Wash
Sarah Weeks et Nadine Bernard
Each Monday at dawn, Mrs. Nelly McNosh brings out a barrel and does a big wash. Mrs. McNosh’s wash is definitely wacky. You’ll be surprised to see what is hanging on her clothesline by the end of the day! Sarah Weeks’s hilarious tale, complemented by Nadine Bernard Westcott’s lighthearted illustrations, is perfect for reading aloud.