A new kids book about knitting:”Extra Yarn”

This beautifully illustrated children’s picture book won’t teach you how to knit, but the story and the images are so beautiful that they might make you want to learn!

Extra Yarn

Written by Mac Barnett
Illustrated by Jon Klassen

Annabelle brings color to a dreary, snowy and soot-filled town as she knits sweaters with a supply of yarn that never runs out. Annabelle knits sweaters for everyone and everything in her town until a greedy and fashion-conscious archduke decides he wants Annabelle’s yarn box for himself!

This children’s picture book will appeal to those adults with a yarn stash full of possibilities. Plus, the beautiful story of creating, sharing and brightening the town through colorful knitting will help introduce the joy of yarn-crafts to a younger generation.

Best line, and the theme of the book-  “And when Annabelle was done, she had some extra yarn.”

Personally – I brought this picture book home hoping to read it with my three year old daughter. I used to knit all the time before I had kids, and right now I struggle to make time for my own hobbies. I thought reading a book about yarn would be a fun way to introduce her to the joys of knitting. Of course, I underestimated the power of her own interests — when the archduke travels by ship and sends robbers to steal Annabelle’s yarn box, the only thing my currently-obsessed daughter remembered about this book was “Pirates!” (At least we both found something in the book to interest us?)

Fellow Crafters – What are other examples of children’s books about the crafts you enjoy?

Fellow Parents – Have you ever found a children’s book that helped you show your child about a hobby or interest of your own?

Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Arts & Crafts Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, and frequent library customer, especially with her children. She reads a new book every few days, but recently loved Adorkable by Sarra Manning, Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman and Tin Star by Cecil Castellucchi.