STEM: Super Science Fashion Designer Books

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Fashion! Turn to the left! Fashion! Turn to the right!” There’s more to fashion design than the runway. With these books, young readers will learn all about the science, technology, engineering, art and math that go into the things we wear from  wearable tech to future smart clothes.

The Library’s STEM: Super Science STEM Fashion Designer introduces children to all of the elements of design process from fiber arts to patterns along with some fun fashion history from David Bowie to Lady Gaga. We use several of the book selections to teach kids to sew and design, and even have some preschool friendly books and activities. From measuring, patterns, counting and numerous other skills, fiber arts are a great way to support fine motor skill development, math skills and arts based science learning experiences. Check these books out and get stitching!

Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois

Before she became an artist, Louise Bourgeois was an apprentice in her family’s tapestry shop, where her mother was a weaver. This book explains how Louise learned about form and color, and how memories of her mother and her past are stitched into all of Louise’s works.

Let's Knit

An introduction to knitting for beginners explains the basics, including how to cast on and cast off, knit and purl stitches, and joining a new color, with step-by-step, illustrated instructions for simple projects to practice skills.

Mr. Frank

On his last day before retirement, Mr. Frank is sewing the most wonderful outfit of his long career. In all his years working as a tailor, Mr. Frank has made all kinds of clothes. From the practical uniforms of the 1940s to the wild and weird designs of the 1960s and 1970s, he has seen (and sewn) just about everything. But todays project is especially close to Mr. Frank’s heart. With its use of textiles and sensitive period detail, Irene Luxbacher’s artwork that is the perfect complement to her understated text. The result is a story that children and grandparents can share with equal delight.

Rainbow Weaver = Tejedora del Arcoíris

Ixchel, a young Mayan girl who is not allowed to use her mother’s thread to weave, exercises her ingenuity and repurposes plastic bags to create colorful weavings. Includes glossary and author’s note.

Stitchin' and Pullin' : a Gee's Bend Quilt

As a young African American girl pieces her first quilt together, the history of her family, community, and the struggle for justice and freedom in Gee’s Bend, Alabama unfolds.

Why'd they Wear That?: Fashion is the Mirror of History

Learn about outrageous, politically-perilous, funky, disgusting, regrettable, and life-threatening creations people have worn throughout the course of human history, all the way up to the present day. From spats and togas to hoop skirts and hair shirts, why people wore what they did is an illuminating way to look at the social, economic, political, and moral climates throughout history.