Books that refer to children who wear glasses or that have pictures

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SERVICE FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED
Books that refer to children who wear glasses or that
have pictures of children wearing glasses.
Even in these enlightened days, children still get teased for wearing glasses. Books
where the main characters wear glasses themselves can help and so can ones where
needing glasses is part of the plot. This book list includes books for very young children
through to those at high school.
What Can Rabbit See? by Lucy Cousins
(Walker Books Ltd)
The book gives a positive view of wearing glasses.
Rabbit wears glasses (or spectacles, as they are referred to in the book) so he can 'see
well'. The child can identify 'what rabbit sees' on each page by lifting flaps to reveal
hidden animals. This is a simple, bold picture book that will appeal to very young children.
Age 1+
Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero by Anne Cottringer, illustrated by Alex T Smith
(Scholastic)
A great choice for a child who wears glasses (the featured hero is bespectacled). It's also
a good way to discuss prejudice with children, and to encourage them to look beyond
outward appearance.
By day, Eliot Jones is a very quiet boy, who spends his days reading, feeding his goldfish
and watching Mr Smith wash his car. But when the clock strikes midnight, Eliot is a
superhero and flies about rescuing people and saving the day. Even the Queen requires
his assistance to catch a royal jewel thief. One night, his most important mission turns out
to be stopping a giant meteor crashing into the Earth. Eliot manages to stop the meteor in
true James Bond style, by flying a supersonic jet and firing a Rocket Launcher. The
Queen gives Eliot an award for his courage and ingenuity. The final pages of the book
describe how tiring it is being a Midnight Superhero...which explains why Eliot is so quiet
in the daytime!
Age 3+
Bumposaurus by Penny McKinlay,illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
(Frances Lincoln)
Bumposaurus is given his name before he even hatches: he cannot find his way out of his
shell. Needless to say his short-sightedness leads him into all manner of misadventures.
It’s not until he has narrowly escaped being a Tyrannosaurus’s dessert however, that his
myopia is recognised and dealt with.
Illustrated in bold, bright colours with lumpy shapes, this is a funny story dealing with a
serious issue that it deals with sensitively though somewhat simplistically. Nevertheless, it
provides a good starting point for discussion about differences and why some children
need to wear glasses.
Age 1+
Monty, the Dog who wears Glasses by Colin West
(Colour Jets)
When Monty has a series of unfortunate accidents, the small boy who owns him gives
him a pair of glasses. The glasses are really just empty frames and don't make any
difference but Monty likes them enough to continue wearing them. Each chapter of the
book is a free-standing story presenting a Monty's eye view of the world. He likes food,
sleep and comfort, doesn't like work and exercise and his attempts to be helpful are
frequently misunderstood. The humour is just right for children, making this a good choice
for new and less confident readers including older ones. It may be hard to find new but
should still be available in libraries.
Ages 6-8 and older, weak readers.
The Harry Potter books by JK Rowling
(Bloomsbury)
Good news for those who haven't realised it yet - the current number one character in
children's fiction wears glasses. He's also a wizard by birth, has more than his fair share
of destiny and goes to an amazing boarding school where letters are delivered by owl and
broomsticks really fly. Who better for bespectacled children to identify with?
For ages 8+ Very popular with reluctant readers.
The Arthur Books by Marc Brown
(Red Fox)
Arthur is a popular character with younger children who wouldn't be the same without his
glasses. He has his own cartoon series on the BBC and there is a wide selection of books
about him which range from board books for babies to first chapter books for 6-9 year
olds.
X-Ray Mabel and Her Magic Specs by Claire Fletcher
(Bodley Head)
In this story, it's a girl who wears the glasses and she is the only person who knows that
they let her see through things. This extraordinary skill proves very valuable when her
teacher disappears and is carried off to an alien planet. Lift-up flaps allow readers to
discover what Mabel can see and there is also a decoding key to help them work out what
the aliens are saying. Ages 5-9
Dogs Don't Wear Glasses by Adrienne Geoghan
(Magi)
When everything starts going wrong, Nanny Nettles is sure her dog, Seymour, needs
glasses but it eventually turns out that it is Nanny's vision which needs help, not her
dog's. This amusing book makes a good starting point for discussing the need for glasses
and the bright, colourful illustrations have plenty of amusing details to talk about. Good for
5-8 year olds, likely to attract reluctant readers and suitable for older children with special
needs.
Winnie Flies Again by Korky Paul and Valerie Thomas
(Oxford University Press)
Winnie and her cat, Wilbur, have always travelled by broomstick but when they start
having trouble avoiding collisions, Winnie decides to solve the problem by turning the
broomstick first into a bicycle, next into a skateboard and then into a horse. Still dogged
by accidents, she finally tries walking but when even that doesn't work, she gets some
glasses and finds she can fly safely again. A wonderfully funny story with hilarious
illustrations full of amusing detail, and the long suffering Wilbur. Great fun for children of 4
to 8+ years and excellent for starting a discussion on wearing glasses. Likely to tempt
reluctant readers and suitable for older children with special needs.
"Glasses for D.W." by Marc Tolon Brown (illustrator) is a wonderful book:
(Haynes)
The book (part of the popular "Arthur" series for preschool kids) comes with colourful
decorative stickers that the child can paste onto pictures on the pages. This book may be
a big help in making wearing glasses seem like a fun thing.
(Arthur Step into Reading Sticker Book, paper)
Baby Duck and the Bad Eyeglasses by Amy Hest, Jill Barton (illustarator)
“Ages 3-6. Baby Duck is not pleased with her new red glasses. She doesn't want to jump
or play because they might fall off, and, worse, she doesn't even think she looks like
herself. Her parents insist that the glasses suit her just fine, but it's not until Grandpa
comes along and holds a real dialogue with her about the glasses that she comes to
appreciate them. Every page is rooted in truth, from the parents' wish for Baby to just get
over it and like the glasses to the little duckling's feelings that glasses somehow make her
different. It takes a perceptive grandfather, who reminds her that he, too, wears red
glasses, to show that glasses change nothing except how much better you see.”
Magenta Gets Glasses! By Deborah Reber, Troy Dugas (illustrator)
(Blue's Clues (8X8 Paperback)
“Magenta has to get glasses, and she's very nervous! Will the eye doctor's office be
scary? What will the eye exam be like?”
Arthur's Eyes by Marc Brown
“Arthur's Eyes is a tale about Arthur getting his first pair of glasses, and learning to be
proud to wear them. Arthur is teased by his fellow classmates and is embarrassed of
having to wear glasses. He soon learns that wearing glasses improves his school
performance, and eventually leads to his acceptance by his classmates. Young
children who read this book will learn to be proud of their personal image if they get
eyeglasses.”
Dogs Don't Wear Glasses by Adrienne Geoghegan
“Nanny Needles, readers discover in the pictures, needs glasses, but she places the
blame for all the accidents around the house on her poor dog: When she dumps the trash
on the floor, Seymour is reprimanded for his clumsiness; when she washes his blanket
and bones instead of the laundry, she decides that Seymour needs a haircut to improve
his eyesight. Finally, Seymour is dragged to the doctor, for glasses; the doctor reluctantly
obliges. Nanny, donning the spectacles just ``to see how they look,'' discovers that they
make things look much better.
(Picture book. 3-5)”
Chuckie Visits the Eye Doctor – a Rugrats book by Luke David, Barry Goldberg
(Illustrator)
“Chuckie isn't seeing too well. He keeps bumping into furniture, and he's been sitting
awfully close to the TV. What's worse, his dad decides that Chuckie has to go to the eye
doctor for an eye exam!”
(Rugrats (8X8 Paperback),
Other titles that are worth considering:
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I Wish I Had Glasses Like Rosa by Kathryn Heling
What Can Pinky See by Lucy Cousins
Randy Kazandy, where are your glasses? by Rhonda Fischer
I Really Absolutely Must Have Glasses (Charlie & Lola (8x8)) (Paperback)
by Bridget Hurst (Author), Lauren Child
Books about wearing or getting glasses:
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Don’t I look smart? by Meredith & Joshua Braunstein
Bear’s New Glasses by Martha While
The Eye of the Fry Cook: A Story About Getting Glasses (Spongebob
Squarepants) by Erica David
Cromwell’s Glasses by Holly Keller
Spectacles by Ellen Raskin
Glasses: Who Needs ‘EM? by Lane Smith
All The Better To See You With by Margaret Wild
Tracks by David Galef
Arthur’s Reading Race; Glasses for DW by Marc Brown (another in the Arthur
series)
Baby Duck and the Bad Eyeglasses by Amy Hest
Let’s Talk About Needing Glasses by Diane Shaughnessy
Agapanthus Hum and the Eyeglasses by Joy Cowley
Winnie Flies Again by Korkey Paul and Valerie Thomas
Magenta Gets Glasses! by Deborah Reber (Blues Clues)
The Patch by Justina Chen Headley (especially good for kids who need patches!)
Honey Bunny’s Honey Bear by Marilyn Sadler
Glasses, Glasses Oh What Do I See? by Karen Smith Stair
Luna and the Big Blur: A Story for Children Who Wear Glasses by Shirley Day
The Good Luck Glasses by Sara London
Blueberry Eyes by Monica Driscoll Beatty
All Children have Different Eyes by Edie A Glaser, Maria R Burgio, and Doina
Paraschiv
I Really Absolutely Must Have Glasses by Bridget Hurst
The goody good glasses by John Trauscht and Michael Moore
Princess Peepers by Pam Calvert and Tuesday Mourning
I Need Glasses: My Visit to the Optometrist by Virginia Dooley and Stephanie
Roth
Read at Home: First Experiences: At the Optician by Roderick Hunt
Books that have glasses or characters wearing glasses, even though they’re not
specifically about wearing glasses:
These are books that have nothing to do with wearing glasses, but they have pictures of
children wearing glasses, or just pictures of glasses (in the case of some of the word
books). It’s good to have some books that depict glasses as just a normal thing without
making a big deal out of it.
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My Grandma and I by P. K. Hallinan
My Little People School Bus (a lift-the-flap playbook) by Doris Tomaselli and
Carolyn Bracken
Here are my hands by Bill Martin and John Archambault
Toes, Ears, & Nose by Marion Bauer
God Created by Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones
Black on White by Tana Hoban