Kids aren’t always enthusiastic about getting (and wearing) glasses. But they NEED them! So, how can you encourage kids to wear their glasses? Look to BOOKS about kids with glasses to make glasses cool.
I once taught a boy in fifth grade who I worried about so much that I referred him to special ed testing. There, his dad asked if the boy should be wearing his glasses. YES! Thankfully, the glasses made all the difference in the world. He wasn’t lost anymore; he was learning!!!
Glasses can be the difference between learning and checking out.
Here are picture books that celebrate wearing glasses! Maybe they’ll motivate your children, even those who don’t have glasses, to want their own glasses.
11 Picture Books About Kids with Glasses
Glasses by Ann Gwinn Zawistoski, photographs by Heide M. Woodworth
Photographs of kids wearing glasses show them in a positive, fun way. Simple rhyming text and a pro-glasses message make this board book a wonderful option for showing your children that other kids wear glasses, too.
Arlo Needs Glasses by Barney Saltzberg
Poor Arlo, he can’t see the ball. How can he play his favorite game of catch? He needs glasses! Arlo goes to the eye doctor and tries on lots of fun glasses — which you can, too because the book includes paper glasses you can try on. Kids love the interactive elements of this brightly illustrated picture book; parents love that Arlo shows kids how glasses are cool and helpful. (I love that Arlo was Barney’s real dog!!)
Ava’s Spectacular Spectacles by Alice Rex, illustrated by Angela Perrini
Ava hates wearing her glasses. One day her teacher tells cautionary stories about not wearing your glasses … how if Little Red Riding Hood were wearing her glasses, she would have seen the wolf’s big teeth and eyes. And if Hansel and Gretel had been wearing theirs, they would have seen the signs pointing towards home. Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo-Peep, and Little Miss Muffet all would have different stories if only they’d worn their glasses. It convinces Ava. And, now she can see the board! This is a great cautionary tale with cheerful, colorful pen and ink drawings.
Specs for Rex by Yasmeen Ismail
Rex hates his new red specs. He tries to hide them but they’re big and red so they’re not easy to hide. When his specs win him a gold star and a new friend, he realizes that seeing properly makes him special not to mention, there’s no need to worry what other people think.
Glamorous Glasses by Barbara Johansen Newman
Bobbie’s is so jealous of her cousin Joanie, who gets brand-new, super-cute, glamorous glasses. Bobbie pretends not to see well. The eye doctor isn’t fooled. Then, Bobbie asks to wear Joanie’s glasses which becomes a shopping disaster. In the end, Bobbie accepts that she can’t have glasses. Or does she?
Douglas, You Need Glasses! by Ged Adamson
Isn’t this cover hard to look at? Douglas the dog is so near-sighted that he sometimes he goes home to the wrong house, or chases right past the squirrels, or misses important signs. So his person, Nancy, takes him to the eye doctor. There he finds glasses and realizes how amazing life is when you can SEE! Richly illustrated.
I Can See Just Fine by Eric Barclay
I love how relatable this book is to kids! Paige’s parents and teacher notice she’s having trouble seeing things. (Like her music, or the animal she thinks is a cat, . . . ) She visits the eye doctor which gives us a good idea of what that is like. Despite her protests that she can see “just fine”, once Paige gets her glasses she realizes she can now see EVERYTHING!
Jumping Jack by Germano Zullo, illustrated by Albertine
Jumping Jack is a black horse and Roger Trotter is a tall man who are show-jumping champions. They’re the perfect pair. Until Jumping Jack starts tripping, missing the jumps. What could possibly be wrong with Jumping Jack? This is a charming story about needing to wear glasses.
Who Wears Glasses? by Ana Galan, illustrated by Sebastian Burnett
Rhyming text makes this a good choice for beginning readers. Bright, cheerful illustrations show the jungle animals wearing glasses — some are serious, some cool, others silly, all fun.
Princess Peepers by Pam Calvert, illustrated by Tuesday Mourning
This princess LOVES her glasses. In fact, she has one for every occasion! When the other princesses make fun of them, the princess tries to go without — which leads to lots of funny mishaps! She eventually realizes she should be true to herself.
Philomena’s New Glasses by Brenna Maloney
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