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Quilt of States: Piecing together America by Adrienne Yoricks,
Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (October 11, 2005)
Gr. 5-8. "Yorinks quilts an image of each state, its capital indicated by a star, surrounded by "conversational prints," patterned fabrics that reflect the state's history or products, and a floral with the state flower. . . " by GraceAnne DeCandido. Read more of GraceAnnes' review by clicking on the title above.


Quilting Now & Then
by
Karen B. Willing, Julie B. Dock, Sarah Morse ages 4-8 reading level. This is the best book on the history of quilts and making quilts today that I have come across. Both girls and boys love quilts in this story. The illustrations will be a delight to the grown-ups too. A MUST-HAVE!

Thank You, Sarah : The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving
by
Laurie Halse Anderson, Matt Faulkner ages 4-8 reading level This is another side of The Sarah Hale, of Lady Godey’s Book. It ctells the true story of her relentless letter writing and pleas to her readers and 38 years of petitioning presidents, sto secure Thanksgiving's status as a national holiday. Abe Lincoln was the president who finally agreed with her wish.

Meema's Memory Quilt: Treasured Stories of Watauga County History
by
Jane Wilson, Michaele Haas baby to pre-school North Carolina, from a quilt that has squares depicting its people and events. MeeMa's Memory Quilt is illustrated by children from Watauga County schools.

Queen Of Inventions: How The Sewing Machine Changed the World
by
Laurie M. Carlson grades 3-5, reading level 9-12 This book takes a look at the history of sewing and the sewing machine. Carlson describes the tedium of hand stitching, early French and American machines from the 1840s, and Singer's 1850 invention that solved the problem of loose lower stitches. There are period drawings and photographs on every page show nineteenth-century fashions, scenes of home sewing, and garment factories, but they are not captioned, which is unfortunate.

The Quilting Bee
by
Gail Gibbons grades 1-4 Quilt history and blocks, with a project. The organization of the interesting text with the illustrations can be hard to follow at times, but worthwhile in it’s information.

Quilt Block History of Pioneer Days
by
Mary Cobb, Jan Davey Ellis ages 4-8 reading level. This is a quilt block history and project book. Great illustrations for easy reproducing of the patterns.

Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt
by
Lisa Campbell Ernst ages 4-8 reading level. The story of a farmer who discovers he enjoys sewing patches together, so he tries to join his wife’s sewing circle, and is turned away

The Name Quilt (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
by
Phyllis Root, Margot Apple grade 1-3   A family history in patches and stories told from Grandma to her granddaughter building memories that stay even after the quilt is gone.

My Paper Memory Quilt: A Family History Pack
by
Bill Zimmerman, Maria Carluccio. The author use to love the times when he sat under the holiday table to listen to stories the adults told. Now he is a journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner. This craft book includes twenty-four paper quilt squares and help getting started recording your families history. Includes exciting craft ideas and suggestions for classroom use!

The Tamale Quilt: Story Recipe Quilt Pattern

by
Jane Tenorio-Coscarelli (a children’s book)


Quilts for Young Readers" offers list
of quilt storybooks for young readers. 

Karen Cutter is a Library Media Specialist at Nesbit Elementary in Belmont, California. She is also a quiltmaker and member of the Peninsula Quilter's Guild in San Mateo in Northern California, south of San Francisco. Last year, she headed a project called, "Quilts for Young Readers."

Guild members, including elementary teachers, resource teachers, and moms, were asked to choose a children's book that included a quilt in the story, and to make the quilt as they envisioned it. The quilts were wallhanging size, so they could be easily shown at the San Mateo libraries and in school classrooms. The book is always included when they are shown .

Some teachers bring in a particular quilt and book that pertain to the subject they are currently teaching, e.g., math, the Civil War, pioneer living, art, and so on. Others use them to increase students' interest in reading.

Teachers "check out" the quilts, as they are stored at their County Office of Education. The quilts were exhibited at their Quilt show at the College of Notre Dame de Namur.

Karen has provided a list of the books (see below) with which they started, and in most cases includes the interest level (IL), publisher, reading level (RL), and overview of the book. Karen's project made sure the books, from which the quilts were designed, were available in their public libraries. So, she has provided library style citations.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if quiltmakers donated their book of choice to their school and/or local library. If either has a story time, perhaps the maker would offer to read the book and show their quilt.

"Quilts for Young Readers" book list 

Click on the binding type for Amazon.com listing.  

"Coat of Many Colors" 
Parton, Dolly 
New Pathways into Quilt History written by Kimberly Wulfert, Copyright 1996
[SL PW BC KR] {IL K-3,-E-} RL 2.5, 32p 
A poor girl delights in her coat of many colors, made by her mother from rags, because despite the ridicule of the other children, she knows the coat was made with love.
paperback 
hardcover N/A
library binding edition  
digital download version 

"The Keeping Quilt" 

Polacco, Patricia 
New Pathways into Quilt History written by Kimberly Wulfert, Copyright 1998
[WC ES SL* SLBK LA] {IL K-3,-E-} RL 5.3, 41p 
A homemade quilt ties together the lives of our generations of an immigrant Jewish family, remaining a symbol of their enduring love and faith.
paperback  
hardcover N/A
library binding edition  
digital download version N/A

"The Patchwork Quilt" 
Flournoy, Valerie
New Pathways into Quilt History written by Kimberly Wulfert, Copyright 1985
[WC ESNB BK KI BL KR] {IL K-3,-E-} RL 3.5, 32p 
Using scraps cut from the family's old clothing, Tanya helps her grandmother and mother make a beautiful quilt that tells the story of her family's life.
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"The Quilt" 
Jonas, Ann 
New Pathways into Quilt History written by Kimberly Wulfert, Copyright 1984
[WC ES SL BK BC] {IL K-3,-E-} RL 1.8, 31p 
A child's new patchwork quilt recalls old memories and provides new adventure at bed time.
paperback  
hardcover  
library binding edition N/A 
digital download version (e-book using Adobe Acrobat Reader) N/A

"Quiltmaker's Gift" 
Brumbeau, Jeff 
New Pathways into Quilt History written by Kimberly Wulfert, Copyright 2001
[SL BL] {ILK-3,-E-} RL 5.0, 48p 
When a generous quiltmaker finally agrees to make a quilt for a greedy king, but only under certain conditions, she causes him to undergo a change of heart.
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"Quiltmaker's Gift Box" 
Brumbeau, Jeff ; De Marcken, Gail 
New Pathways into Quilt History written by Kimberly Wulfert, Copyright 2001 
This book gives simple instructions on how to make many of the quilts displayed throughout the story of the "Quiltmaker's Gift."
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"Quilts from the Quiltmaker's Gift: 
20 Traditional Patterns for a New Generation of Generous Quiltmakers"
 
by Joanne Larsen Line, et al 
New Pathways into Quilt History written by Kimberly Wulfert, Copyright 2001 
paperback  
hardcover NA 
library binding edition N/A
digital download version (e-book using Adobe Acrobat Reader) N/A

"Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt" 
Ernst, Lisa Campbell 
New Pathways into Quilt History written by Kimberly Wulfert, Copyright 1983
[WC SL BK BL LT] {IL -3,-E-} RL 3.8, 32p 
While mending the awning over the pig pen, Sam discovers that he enjoys sewing the various patches together but meets with scorn and ridicule when he asks his wife if he could join her quilting club.
paperback  
hardcover NA
library binding edition  
digital download version (e-book using Adobe Acrobat Reader) N/A

"Eight Hands Round : A Patchwork Alphabet" 
Paul, Ann Whitford 
New Pathways into Quilt History written by Kimberly Wulfert, Copyright 1991
[WC BK BL] {IL 3-6,746.9} RL 5.3, 31p 
Introduces the letters of the alphabet with names of early American patchwork quilt patterns, and explains the origins of the designs by describing the activity or occupation from which they derive.
paperback  
hardcover  
library binding  
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"The Promise Quilt" 
Ransom, Candice F. 
New Pathways into Quilt History written by Kimberly Wulfert, Copyright 1999
[SL BL]{IL K-3,-E-} RL 3.0, 28p 
After her father leaves the family farm on Lost Mountain to be General Lee's guide, Addie finds ways to remember him -- even when he does not return at the end of the war.
paperback  
hardcover N/A 
library binding edition  
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"Reuben and the Quilt" 
Moss, P. Buckley (Pat Buckley)
New Pathways into Quilt History written by Kimberly Wulfert, Copyright 1999
[SL BL] {IL K-3,-E-} RL 4.2, 32p 
Reuben and his Amish family make a beautiful Log Cabin quilt to raise money for a sick neighbor, but then it is stolen before they can take it to auction.
paperback  
hardcover N/A
library binding edition 
digital download version (e-book using Adobe Acrobat Reader) N/A

"Sewing Quilts" 
Turner, Ann Warren 
New Pathways into Quilt History written by Kimberly Wulfert, Copyright 1994
[ES SL ] {IL K-3,-E-} RL 3.5, 32p 
A pioneer girl sees pieces of her life sewn into the quilts she, her sister, and her mother make.
paperback N/A
hardcover N/A
library binding edition  (Check availability.)  
digital download version (e-book using Adobe Acrobat Reader) N/A

"The Tamale Quilt Story" 
Tenorio-Coscarelli, Jane  
New Pathways into Quilt History written by Kimberly Wulfert, Copyright 199
{IL K-3,-E-} 8. RL 3.6, 47p 
Rosa, sick for the holidays, is warmed by her grandmother's story of how she and her mother, father, and brother made tamales, and by the quilt her grandmother made to commemorate those happy occasions.
paperback  (Special Order) 
hardcover N/A
library binding edition N/A
digital download version (e-book using Adobe Acrobat Reader) N/A

"The Tortilla Quilt Story" 
Tenorio-Coscarelli, Jane
New Pathways into Quilt History written by Kimberly Wulfert, Copyright 1996
{IL K-3,-E-} RL 4.2, 47p 
Maria, a young girl who lives with her grandmother, Lupita, a cook on the Olson ranch, finds many loving, helping hands when she decides to make a quilt.
paperback  
hardcover  
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"The Seasons Sewn : A Year in Patchwork" 
Paul, Ann Whitford
New Pathways into Quilt History written by Kimberly Wulfert, Copyright 1996
[WC ES SL PW BL NY BC KR] {IL 3-6,746.46} RL 5.9, 40p 
Shows how the patterns and pattern names in patchwork reflect life on the frontier in the Nineteenth Century.
paperback  
hardcover N/A
School & Library Binding  
Library Binding  
digital download version (e-book using Adobe Acrobat Reader) N/A

Also some new ones:

"Luka's Quilt" 
Georgia Guback (a Hawaiian quilt and story) 
paperback N/A
hardcover  
Library Binding N/A
digital download version (e-book using Adobe Acrobat Reader) N/A

"The Pinata Quilt" 
Jane Tenorio-Coscarelli 
paperback  
hardcover  
Library Binding N/A
digital download version (e-book using Adobe Acrobat Reader) N/A

"Selina and the Bear Paw Quilt" 
Barbara Smucker, Janet Wilson (Illustrator) 
paperback  
hardcover  (Check availability.) 
Library Binding N/A
digital download version (e-book using Adobe Acrobat Reader) N/A

"Dream Quilt" 
Amy Zerner (Illustrator), Jessie Spicer Zerner, Jessie Spicer-Zerner (Illustrator) 
paperback N/A
hardcover  
Library Binding N/A
digital download version (e-book using Adobe Acrobat Reader) N/A

"A Name on the Quilt: A Story of Remembrance" 
Jeannine Atkins, Tad Hills (Illustrator) 
paperback N/A
hardcover N/A
School & Library Binding  (Check availability.) 
digital download version (e-book using Adobe Acrobat Reader) N/A

"Peter's Patchwork Dream (Barefoot Beginners)" 
Willemien Min (Illustrator) 
paperback N/A
hardcover N/A
School & Library Binding  
digital download version (e-book using Adobe Acrobat Reader) N/A

"Quilt of Dreams" 
Mindy Dwyer 
paperback  
hardcover  
library binding edition  
digital download version (e-book using Adobe Acrobat Reader) N/A

"Pieces: A Year in Poems and Quilts" 
Anna Grossnickle Hines 
paperback N/A
hardcover  
library binding edition  
digital download version (e-book using Adobe Acrobat Reader) N/A

I want to thank Karen and the San Mateo Quilt Guild for providing us with an inspiring project.  If you as the teacher are not a quilter yourself, I can assure you that if you contact the quilt guild in your area, you'll get many volunteers (they will use their own supplies to make the quilt). A quiltshop, listed in the yellow pages, could give you a contact number. Or, simply ask the moms of the kids in your class. One of them will know where to go to put out the "quilter call."

For Teachers  

Pam Brees tells us about quilting grants for teachers to teach quilting in the classroom, and provides a library list of books on quilts and quilting: Thank you Pam.

"I am a retired elementary school teacher . . . 37 years . . . and a quilter. Under my guidance, my guild, Piecemakers of Southern Alameda County, CA, gives quilting grants to teachers to teach quilting in the classroom. The grant is for $100 and a book on teaching quilting to kids to get them started . . . and of course the guild provides helpers and expertise and in some cases materials. We also give them a library list of books on quilts and quilting. I am glad to share what we did and how we did it with other guilds and groups. People can contact me directly at pambrees@lovestoquilt.com. You can also check out some of our grant quilts on our website . . . www.piecemakersguild.org One that is a handy one to know for the classroom is the potholder quilt, inspired by a Peace Quilt made for the US by Japanese Quilters after 9/11 and designed by Yoko Ueda."

A new book for art teachers - - - from Author Mary Elizabeth Johnson, taken from my historian interview of her:

"I am also delighted to have learned, just recently, that the book has been cited in Weaving through Words: Using the Arts to Teach Reading Comprehension Strategies, by Mantione & Smead. The book is listed under Appendix D: "Art and Literary Resources." (Newark, DE: International Reading Association, 2003). We, as quilters, know that many of the skills we use in our favorite art form are applicable to many other disciplines, and it's very satisfying to have that fact recognized in a book that teaches teachers."   

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