Best Children's Books About Glasses

4 Children's Books About Glasses

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Arlo Needs Glasses book
#1
Arlo Needs Glasses
Written and illustrated by Barney Saltzberg
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Every child who wears glasses will know just how Arlo feels, and will feel better because of it. And every parent will want that child to know that glasses are cool and fun and enable us to do the things we want to do. Take Arlo: He’s a shaggy, free-spirited dog who loves to play catch, until one day he can’t. He can’t see the ball anymore. He needs glasses! In this inventive, interactive (and now revised) picture book created by Barney Saltzberg, the bespectacled author of Beautiful Oops!, who charms young readers and their parents with a perfect light touch and joyful spirit, kids get to do just what Arlo does to solve his problem. They read an eye chart, look through a lift-the-flap phoropter (that big machine optometrists use), and try on different pairs of glasses—movie star glasses! superhero glasses! mad scientist glasses! And they interact with Arlo as he rediscovers how to be the best ball-catcher in the neighborhood and picks up a new favorite pastime along the way—reading! One out of five school-age children needs glasses. Arlo will show them just how lucky they are.

Philomena's New Glasses book
#2
Philomena's New Glasses
Written and illustrated by Brenna Maloney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

From the creator of Ready Rabbit Gets Ready! comes a hilarious photo-story of sisterhood and one-upmanship. Philomena needs new glasses. Her sister Audrey wants them, too. And if Philomena and Audrey have them, shouldn’t their sister Nora Jane also have them? In this utterly amusing tale of sisterhood, glasses, purses, and dresses, these girls soon make an important discovery. Not everyone needs the same things!

Who Needs Glasses? book
#3
Who Needs Glasses?
Written by Fran Manushkin and illustrated by Tammy Lyon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

When Pedro keeps "losing" his eyeglasses, Katie shows him why it is alright--and necessary--to wear them.

Glasses to Go book
#4
Glasses to Go
Written by Hannah Eliot and illustrated by Daniel Roode
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

From rock-star-worthy shades to opera monocles, this playful and interactive board book is all about glasses! Glasses to read a good book Glasses to play the electric guitar Which glasses are for a rockin’ rock star? This highly engaging board book comes with seven sets of cardstock glasses in a variety of shapes and sizes that go along with each turn of the page! Lively text encourages little ones to decorate the faces throughout the pages of this book with a pair of the many press-out glasses.

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