Two staples of children's picture books are alphabet and counting books. They can include illustrations from any subject--including quilting!
|Cline-Ransome, Lesa. Quilt Alphabet. Illustrated by James E. Ransome. Holiday House, 2001. ISBN: 978-0823417650|
|Cline-Ransome, Lesa. Quilt Counting. Illustrated by James E. Ransome. SeaStar, 2002. ISBN: 978-1587171772|
Lesa Cline-Ransome and her husband, James E. Ransome created this pair of books that use quilts to teach basic alphabet and number concepts. Cline-Ransome has written many books including the Coretta Scott King Honor Award winner, Finding Langston. James E. Ransome is a prolific illustrator and winner of numerous awards including the Coretta Scott King Award for The Creation by James Weldon Johnson.
Quilt Alphabet is a book of poetic riddles. Each page has (or in some cases, full spreads have) a letter, a poem, and an illustration.
|Quilt Alphabet: P & Q spread|
Readers can use the clues to deduce the word that starts with the indicated letter. The answers to each letter can be found on the last page.
|Quilt Alphabet: Answers to clues|
The lovely endpapers continue the quilt theme.
|Quilt Alphabet: Endpapers|
The second book, Quilt Counting, uses numbers to tell the story of the creation of a quilt. It begins in a farmhouse with three generations of a family who create a quilt featuring themes of the farm. The pages count upward from 1-10, then downward back to "one quilt." The upward counting uses illustrations of the necessary tools for making a quilt.
|Quilt Counting: #8 spread|
|Quilt Counting: #9 & #10 spread|
The downward counting features farm themes captured in the quilt.
|Quilt Counting: #4 spread|
|Quilt Counting: #1 spread (notice the sunflower in the quilt)|
Quilt Counting also has a short "Note About Quilts" at the end that shares a bit of history of the quilting tradition.
Both of these are engaging books with beautiful illustrations. In future blog posts, we will see more from James E. Ransome; he has illustrated several children's book that share the theme of quilts.
Happy Quilting! 😸
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