Please contribute your suggestions for this list, which is continuously updated. We are grateful to Jacqueline Butler-Diaz, research consultant, for her additions to this bibliography.

  • Alderson, Sue Ann
    1988 Ida and the Wool Smugglers. Margaret K. McElderry Books, New York.
    Although her family thinks she is not big enough to participate in the annual sheep run, Ida proves she is big enough to outwit the smugglers trying to steal her favorite sheep.
  • Arcellana, Francisco1999 The Mats. Kane/Miller Books, Brooklyn, NY.
    Marcelina’s father comes home from a trip to Manila in the Philippines with beautiful hand-made sleeping mats for each member of the family, including three daughters who died when they were very young.
  • Baskwill, Jane, and Trish Hill  1996 Somewhere.
  • Beskow, Elsa
    1989 Pelle’s New Suit.
    Pelle has a lamb whose coat grows longer and longer, while Pelle’s Sunday suit grows shorter! Pelle shears the lamb, and the wool is carded, spun, dyed and woven. Finally, the tailor makes a new suit for Pelle.
  • Blood, Charles L., and Martin Link, recorders
    1976 Geraldine, The Goat in the Rug. Parents’ Magazine Press, New York.
    Geraldine, a goat, describes each step as she and her Navajo friend make a rug from shearing and carding to dyeing and actual weaving.
  • Bodkin, Odds, and Gennady Spirin
    Crane Wife.
    A retelling of the traditional Japanese tale about a poor sail maker who gains a beautiful, but mysterious wife skilled at weaving magical sails
  • Browne, Vee, and Baje Whitethorne
    1991 Monster Slayer: A Navajo Folktale. Northland, Flagstaff.
  • Bulion, Leslie, and Nicole Tadgell
    Fatuma’s New Cloth.
    Fatuma is excited about helping Mama with the marketing in her East African village because she has been promised a kanga cloth of her own. Each kanga pattern contains a Swahili saying, and Fatuma’s choice reads, “Don’t be fooled by the color. The good flavor of chai comes from the sugar.” Mama explains that what makes a person special is not always evident to the eye.
  • Caduto, Michael J., and Joseph Bruchac
    1994 Keepers of Life: Discovering Plants Through Native American Stories and Earth Activities for Children. Fulcrum, Golden, CO.
  • Castaneda, Omar, and E. Sanchez
    Abuela’s Weave.
    A young Guatemala girl and her grandmother grow closer as they weave some special creations and make a trip to the market in hope of selling them.
  • Cha/Chue, Dia, and Nhia Thao Cha
    Dia’s Story Coth: The Hmong People’s Journey of Freedom.
  • Chan, Anthony
    Hmong Textile Designs.
    The joyous designs of pa’ndau, the flower cloth textiles of the Hmong people, are sampled in this book.
  • Chanin, Michael, and Kim Howard
    1997 The Chief’s Blanket. H J Kramer, Starseed Press, Tiburon, CA.
    In the process of weaving her first Chief’s Blanket, Flower After the Rain discovers the meaning of giving and receiving.
  • Chocolate, Debbi, and John Ward
    Kente Colors.
    A rhyming description of the Kente cloth cosumes of the Ashanti and Ewe people of Ghana and a portrayal of the symbolic colors and patterns.
  • Clark, Ann Nolan
    1994 Who Wants to be a Prairie Dog? The Salina Bookshelf, Flagstaff.
  • Clark, Ann Nolan and Hoke Denetsosie
    1970 Little Herder in Autumn. Division of Education, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington DC.
  • Clark, Ann Nolan, and Hoke Denetsosie
    1940 Little Herder in Spring. Education Division, U.S. Office of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington DC.
  • Clark, Ann Nolan, and Hoke Denetsosie
    1950 Little Herder in Summer. U.S. Indian Service, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Clark, Ann Nolan, and Hoke Denetsosie
    1950 Little Herder in Winter. U.S. Indian Service, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Duncan, Lois
    1996 The Magic of Spider Woman. Scholastic, New York.
    Retells the Navajo story of how a young girl learns from Spider Woman how to keep life in balance by respecting its boundaries.
  • Eversole, Robyn, and Tim Coffey
    Red Berry Wool.
    Lalo the lamb wants to have a berry-colored sweater like the one the shepherd boy wears, but Lalo has a very hard time washing, spinning, and dyeing his own wool. By the end of the day, Lalo discovers the most important step to making a sweater, which brings him and the boy together.
  • French, Fiona
    2006 Jamil’s Clever Cat: A Folk Talk from Bengal. Frances Lincoln, New York.
    Jamil is a poor weaver who daydreams of marrying a princess and never again having to work. When he confesses his dream to his cat Sardul, the resourceful feline resolves to make his master’s wish come true. Sardul tricks the royal family into thinking Jamil is the richest man in the world and giving him their daughter in marriage. But the princess soon discovers that something’s not quite right, and even Sardul may not be able to save the situation.
  • Freeman, Don
    1968 Corduroy. Viking Press, London.
    A toy bear in a department store wants a number of things, but when a little girl finally buys him, he finds what he has always wanted most of all.
  • Ford, Juwanda
    1996 A Kente Dress for Kenya.
  • Gendar, Jeannine
    1995 Grass Games and Moon Races: California Indian Games and Toys. Heyday Books, Berkeley.
  • Girón, Nicole, and Abraham Mauricio Salazar
    1983 El Barrio. Patria, Mexico, D.F.
  • Grimes, Nikki, illustrated by Ashley Bryan
    1999 Aneesa Lee and the Weaver’s Gift. Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books
    A celebration of the weaver’s craft, thirteen poems primarily discuss the art and technique of weaving. Three poems are about Aneesa Lee and her family:
    “Aneesa,
    like her mother,
    is a weave
    of black
    and white
    and Japanese…”
  • Heyer, Marilee, teller and illustrator
    The Weaving of a Dream, A Chinese Folktale.
  • Hong, Lily Toy
    The Empress and the Silkworm.
    A fictionalized account of how the Empress of China discovered silk and made it into beautiful cloth.
  • Hunter, Sara Hoagland, and Julia Miner
    1996 The Unbreakable Code. Northland Press, Flagstaff.
    Because John is afraid to leave the Navajo Reservation, his grandfather explains to him how the Navajo language, faith and ingenuity helped win World War II.
  • Johnson, Sylvia A., and Isao Kishida
    Silkworms.
    An introduction to the domesticated silkworm moth, raised on farms in Japan and elsewhere for the sake of the silk thread out of which its cocoons are constructed.
  • Kitamura, Satoshi
    1996 Sheep in Wolves’ Clothing. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York.
    When wolves steal their fluffy coats, two sheep turn to Detective Baa for help.
  • Kennard, Edward
    1977 Field Mouse Goes to War/ Tusan Homichi Tuwvöta. Education Division, U. S. Indian Services, Washington D. C.
    A little mouse prepares to rid the Mishongnovi people of a hawk that has been killing their chickens.
  • Lacapa, Michael
    1992 Antelope Woman: An Apache Folktale. Northland Press, Flagstaff. (book and cassette)
    A beautiful Apache maiden follows the mysterious young man who has come to teach her people to respect “all things great and small,” and becomes his wife.
  • London, Jonathan
    The Village Basket Weaver.
    Tavio learns how to be the next basket weaver of his village from his grandfather.
  • Maitland, Katherine, and Elise Mills
    1994 Ashes for Gold: A Tale from México.
    Mitgutsch, Ali, translation of: Von der Baumwolie zur Hose.
    1981 From Cotton to Pants.
    Traces the journey of cotton from the plants, through the cotton gin and the spinning mill where it is made into thread, to the loom where it is woven into cloth, and finally to the clothing factory where it is sewn into pants.
  • Marsden, Carolyn
    Silk Umbrellas.
    Each day, Noi’s grandmother shares with her the Thai art of painting umbrellas. Will Noi’s skill earn enough money to save her from the mind-numbing work of the local radio factory?
  • Medearis, Angela Shelf, illustrated by Daniel Minter
    2000 Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story. Albert Whitman,
    Seven quarreling brothers from a village in Ghana must learn to work together to make gold out of spools of thread to earn their late father’s inheritance.
  • Mitchell, Rhonda
    The Talking Cloth.
    When Amber with her father goes to visit her Aunt Phoebe, she wraps herself in cloth from Ghana and learns the significance of the colors and symbols to the Ashanti people.
  • Morgan, William, collector,
    1949 Navajo Life Series: Coyote Tales. Ancient City Press, Santa Fe.
  • Murphy, Shirley Rousseau
    1999 Wind Child. Harper Collins, New York.
    Unaware of her unusual parentage, Resshie grows up restless and longing to know the secrets of the wind and her use of her extraordinary ability as a weaver to help her achieve her dream.
  • Nez, Redwing T., and Kathryn Wilder
    1995 Forbidden Talent. Northland Pub., Flagstaff.
    Ashkii, who lives on the Navajo Indian reservation with his grandparents, finds that his way of painting is in conflict with what his grandfather call the “Navajo Way.”
  • Ortega, Cristina
    1998 Los Ojos del Tejedor/The Eyes of the Weaver. Clear Light Publisher, Santa Fe.
    Ten year old Maria Cristina goes to visit her grandfather so that he can teach her to weave, as her family in northern New Mexico has done for seven generations.
  • de Paola, Tomie
    Charlie Needs a Cloak.
    A shepherd shears his sheep, cards and spins the wool, weaves and dyes the cloth, and sews a beautiful new red cloak.
  • Polacco, Patricia
    The Keeping Quilt.
    A homemade quilt ties together the lives of four generations of an immigrant Jewish family, remaining a symbol of their enduring love and faith.
  • Polingaysi Qoyawayma, Elizabeth,
    1978 The Sun Girl. Museum of Northern Arizona Press, Flagstaff.
    A true story about Dawamana, the little Hopi Indian maid of old Oraibi in Arizona and of how she learned to dance the butterfly dance at Moencopi.
  • Raczek, Linda Theresa, and Katalin Olah Ehling.
    1995 The Night the Grandfathers Danced. Northland Press, Flagstaff.
    When the boys her own age run away from her at the Bear Dance, Autumn Eyetoo picks a partner from among the old men in the tribe.
  • Raven, Margot Theis
    Circle Unbroken
    A grandmother tells the story of the Gullah people and their tradition of basketmaking in this beautiful picture book.
  • Roessel, Monty
    1995 Songs from the Loom: A Navajo Girl Learns to Weave. Lerner Publications, Minneapolis.
    This photographic account describes the stories and hopes of Jaclyn, a Navajo girl in Kayenta, Arizona, as she learns about weaving from her grandmother.
  • Riquier, Aline
    The Cotton in Your T-Shirt.
  • Ryder, Joanne, illustrated by Norman Gorbaty
    1996 Earthdance. Henry Holt
    In a stirring free verse poem about our planet, Earth, we imagine ourselves as bodies larger than the moon, wrapped in a colored quilt of seas and woods and deserts, where children and animals dance as we carry them through space.
  • Sabuda, Robert
    1999 The Blizzard’s Robe. Atheneum
    Teune, a robemaker for her Arctic clan, the People Who Fear the Winter Night, makes an ice robe for Blizzard who repays her with the gift of the Northern Lights.
  • San Souci, Robert D., illustrated by Raul Colon Orchard
    1998 A Weave of Words: An Armenian Tale.
    The lovely weaver Anait won’t marry Prince Vachagan until he learns how to read and write and earn a living by his own hands, all of which help to save his life, as this instructive Armenian folktale dramatically shows.
  • Shea, Pegi Deitz
    Tangled Threads: A Hmong Girl’s Story.
  • Sheridan, Thomas E., and Nancy J. Parezo
    1996 Paths of Life: American Indians of the Southwest and Northern Mexico. Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona Press, Tucson. Book and Video.
  • Taback, Simms
    1999 Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. Viking
    In an adaption of an old Yiddish folksong, Joseph turns his old and worn overcoat into a jacket, a vest, a scarf, a necktie, a handkerchief, a button, and a book, proving you can always make something out of nothing.
  • Wallace, Barbara Brooks
    Argyle.
    A Scottish sheep’s unusual diet causes him to produce multicolored wool, which changes his life and his owner’s fortune.
  • Weaver, Dorothy Hines, and Kay Wacker
    1992 Arizona: A to Z. Northland Press, Flagstaff.
  • Willing, Karen Bates, and Sarah Morse
    Cotton Now & Then.
    Explains how a simple cotton seed develops into the colorful cloth we use today by comparing modern methods with those of our ancestors.
  • Winter, Jeanette
    2001 My Baby. Frances Foster Books, New York.
    Nakunte’s mother teaches her how to make “bogolan”, a cloth painted with mud using traditional techniques practiced for centuries by the women of Mali. After selecting her materials and looking to the natural world for her inspiration, Nakunte is ready to make an important “bogolan” for herself, and for her baby.
  • Wyse, Lois, Molly Rose Goldman and Marie-Louise Gay
    1998 How to Take your Grandmother to the Museum. Workman, New York.
    A young girl takes her grandmother on an outing to the natural history museum.
  • Yagawa, Sumiko, teller,
    1987 The Crane Wife. Mulberry Books, New York.
    After Yohei tends a wounded crane, a beautiful young woman begs to become his wife, and three times she weaves for him an exquisite silken fabric on her loom.
  • Zelinsky, Paul O.
    1987 Rumpelstiltskin. Caldecott Honor.
    A strange little man helps the miller’s daughter spin straw into gold for the king on the condition that she will give him her firstborn child.

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