“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss.
Reading is one of the most important things you can do for a child. It stimulates a child’s brain and also their eyes. Reading is great for patchers too. Children love to read and find heroes and role models in the books they read.
Here are 12 books about glasses or patching to share with your patching/ glasses wearing child to help them learn and grow.
1. Peppa Pig: Peppa's First Glasses - Pedro Pony can't see very well without his glasses. And Peppa Pig is sure she can't see very well either. So Mummy Pig takes her to see Mr Pony, the optician, and Peppa has an eye test. Popular Peppa is sure to be a hit with younger kids.
2. Arlo Needs Glasses - He's a shaggy, free-spirited dog who loves to play catch, until one day he can't. He can't see the ball anymore. He needs glasses. Children and parents will relate to Arlo’s story
3.Dinosaur Friends: Rex's Specs – Rex has to wear glasses, but he wishes he didn’t have to, so one day he goes without them. This is a great book for your dino lover.
4. Yo Gabba Gabba: Everyone is different - Come along for a story about the time Muno got glasses. He looked different, but everyone is different. And being different is great! A great story if your child is feeling like an odd ball.
5. Dinosaur Farm – This is a story about a boy and a dinosaur and it doesn’t even mention a patch or glasses, which Brennan wears both of. This is a story to normalise patching and glasses wearing.
6. The Patch - The kids at school want to know why Becca is wearing glasses and a patch. Instead of telling them she has amblyopia, Becca leads her friends on imaginative adventures to explain her new fashion accessory. One for the girls for sure!
7. Jacob’s Eye Patch - Jacob's Eye Patch is the go-to book for talking about differences that kids can enjoy and parents can turn to for guidance. Written by an eye patching mum.
8. The Pirate of Kindergarten – Ginny has double vision and it’s making kindergarten hard. The solution to her problem is wondrously simple: an eye patch! Ginny becomes the pirate of kindergarten. With the help of her pirate patch, Ginny can read, run, and even snip her scissors with double the speed! Another great book to help patching kids feel super!
9. My Travellin’ Eye - Jenny Sue loves that her "travelin' eye" lets her see the world in a special way, and so she is not happy when her teacher suggests that her parents take her to an opthamologist to fix the lazy eye. A great book about lazy eyes.
10. Amelia and the Magic Glasses: Pirates in the Sky – An adventure story about a girl who needs glasses. All profits from this book are donated to New Eyes for the Needy.
11. Amazing Amber and Her Lazy Laser Eye - Amazing Amber and her lazy laser eye, tells a positive story to children with a lazy eye or amblyopia to feel good about wearing their eye patch. Join Amazing Amber in her adventure to save her friends from Pie-throwing Pete.
12. Glasses - "Glasses" is a positive book about babies and toddlers wearing glasses. It features vivid photographs of young children playing and having fun, and it has a simple rhyming text that talks about different glasses and how they help you to see. The book is a perfect choice for parents, daycare centers, preschools, children's library collections and children's optical professional's offices.
Hopefully you can find a book there to help your child on their patching and glasses wearing journey.
Keep on reading!