The Center for Children's Books


Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Fashion - June 2009

Selected and annotated by Erica Voell and Kate Quealy


Abdel-Fattah, Randa. Does My Head Look Big in This. Orchard, 2007. 352p. Gr. 7-10.
Amal decides to wear the hijab, a head cover for Muslim women, and soon learns what it means to be a Muslim woman living in Australia. It's more than donning a fashion accessory and Amal is forced to reconcile her identity and her faith.

Bateman, Teresa. Keeper of Soles; illustrated by Yayo. Holiday House, 2005. 32p. Gr. 2-4. Master shoemaker Colin manages to outsmart Death when he notices the grim reaper is barefoot. The stylized and funky illustrations add a nice twist to a familiar plot.

Boelts, Maribeth. Those Shoes; illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. Candlewick Press, 2007. 32p. 5-9 yrs.
When Jeremy spots a pair of THE shoes at a second-hair store he buys them with his money even if they are too small. When Jeremy's friend Antonio is in need of a new pair of shoes even more than Jeremy, he gives his new black sneakers to Antonio.

Brashares, Ann. Forever in Blue : the Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood. Delacorte Press, c2007. 384 p. Gr. 9-12.
In the final installment of this popular series, the four friends once again go on their separate journeys while maintaining their connection as each one wears and passes on the magical Pants. Struggling with adult issues such as pregnancy scares and affairs, the girls make the transition from childhood to maturity in this bittersweet conclusion.

Bray, Libba. A Great and Terrible Beauty. Delacorte Press, c2003. 403 p. Gr. 9-12.
After her mother’s mysterious death in India, Gemma is forced to return to London, where she is to attend finishing school and become a proper lady. Gemma, however, is no ordinary Victorian girl and soon she discovers the extent of her powers as she delves deeper into the history of the school and her family.

George, Jessica Day. Princess of the Midnight Ball. Bloomsbury, 2009. 280p. Gr 6-10.
In this retelling of the Twelve Princesses, a young ex-soldier, Galen, is determined to free the princesses and save them from arranged marriages but the evil King Under Stone stands in the way.

Godbersen, Anna. The Luxe. HarperTeen, 2007. 433p. Gr. 7-10.
In 1899, five young women decide to take their futures in their own hands, defying the stricture of society and the plans of their parents. Gossip Girl meets the Gilded Age in this scandalous romp through New York City’s nineteenth-century upper crust.

Hantman, Clea. I Wanna Make My Own Clothes; illustrated by Azadeh Houshyar. Aladdin Paperbacks, 2006. 134 p. Gr. 4-8.
Hantman provides step-by-step, easy-to-follow directions for revamping ready-to-wear t-shirts, jeans, sweaters, and old ties into original designs, all without the use of a sewing machine.

Jaffe, Michele. Kitty Kitty. HarperTeen, 2008. 307 p. Grades 7-10.
In this sequel to Bad Kitty, Jasmine has been “exiled” in Venice by Dadzilla as he researches the history of soap. Her vacation soon turns into a nightmare, however, when a fellow classmate turns up dead in the city’s famous canals and Jasmine channels Nancy Drew as she solves the mystery.

Kyi, Tanya Lloyd. The Blue Jean Book: The Story Behind the Seams. Annick, 2005. 78p. Grades 5-8.
Kyi traces the history of blue jeans while analyzing the consumer influences and cultural relevance of this iconic fashion item.

Macdonald, Maryann. The Costume Copycat; pictures by Anne Wilsdorf. Dial, 2006. 32p.3-5 yrs.
Angela is tired of dressing up in her older sister’s discarded costumes and decides to design her own ghoulish disguise this Halloween.

McCormack, Caren McNelly. The Fiesta Dress : A Quinceañera Tale; illustrated by Martha Aviles. Marshall Cavendish, 2009. 40p. 5-8 yrs. 
Lolo feels a bit left out as her entire extended family prepares for her sister’s Quinceañera. When Gobito, the family dog, runs off with Eva’s sash, however, Lolo saves the day and is once again the center of attention.

O'Connor, Jane. Fancy Nancy; illus. by Robin Preiss Glasser. Harper Collins, 2006. 32 p. 5-8 yrs.
Nancy is very into being fancy. In fact, one day she makes her entire family dress up in their fancy clothes and go out to a very "fancy" local pizza place. When Nancy falls making a mess of herself at the restaurant leaving the restaurant embarrassed, she needs an "I love you" from her less than fancy parents to feel fancy once again.

Sills, Leslie. From Rags to Riches : A History of Girls' Clothing in America. Holiday House, c2005.
48 p. 5-8 yrs. In a scrapbook style accompanied by paintings and photographs, this book offers a richly detailed and engaging overview of the evolution of girl’s and women’s fashion.

Willems, Mo. I Am Invited to a Party! : An Elephant and Piggy Book; written & illus. by Mo Willems. Hyperion, 2007. 58p. Gr K-1. When Piggie is invited to a party, his friend, Gerald the elephant, insists that they prepare and dress for a fancy party, a pool party, and a costume party – all at once.

Savadier, Elivina. Time to Get Dressed. Roaring Brook Press, 2006. 32p. 2-4 yrs.
Baby Solomon likes to dress himself, although he doesn’t quite know how. Hilarity ensues as his shirt goes on sideways, pants go on head, socks go on hands, and Solomon’s dad tries to get out the door with baby in tow by 8 AM.

Shaskan, Kathy. How Underwear Got Under There: A Brief History; illus. by Regan Dunnick. Dutton, 2007. 48p. Gr. 4-6.
Focusing on the nine practical uses of underwear, Shaskan illustrates the history of this titillating topic thematically, providing an interesting overview of these garments throughout the ages.

Vail, Rachel. Lucky. HarperTeen, 2008. 233p. Grades 6-9.
When her mom suddenly loses her job, Pheobe’s social status is threatened since she can no longer afford the expensive dress and party that was to mark her eighth grade graduation.

Wolff, Ferida and Harriet May Savitz. The Story Blanket; illustrated by Elena Odriozola. Peachtree, 2008. 26p. 5-8 yrs.
When Babba Zarrah notices that the local children of her village have no socks, she uses the yarn from her Story Blanket to make new ones.

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