Books about Glasses and Craft

Books about Glasses and Craft

One of my students got glasses this week.  It brought back so many memories of when I got glasses when in 5th Grade. My student came in nervous about what his classmates would think of him. I immediately took control of the situation! I pulled out my favorite books about wearing glasses and we read them together.

Books about Glasses

The first book I read is one of my very favorites- Glasses Who Needs ‘Em? by Lane Smith. This story is hilarious!

“A boy is unhappy about having to wear glasses, until his doctor provides an imaginative list of well-adjusted eyeglass wearers.” (Amazon)

The next book we read was, Douglas You Need Glasses! by Ged Adamson.


“Meet Douglas, a dog with a big problem: he needs eyeglasses but doesn’t know it, and his bad eyesight tends to land him in some pretty hairy situations.Readers will laugh along with the new picture book character Douglas as he chases a leaf that he mistakes for a squirrel, walks through wet cement because he can’t see the warning sign, and annoys the neighbor’s dog by mistakenly eating out of his bowl. And when Douglas’s owner Nancy finally takes him to what is clearly an eyeglass store and Douglas asks, “Why are you taking me to a shoe store?” everyone will be giggling. After an eye exam confirms that Douglas needs glasses, and Nancy helps him find the perfect pair, readers will rejoice with Douglas as he sees all the amazing things he’s been missing!” (Amazon)

The last book we read is Arlo Needs Glasses by Barney Saltzberg. This book was new to me and was recommended by my teaching partner.

“In this inventive, interactive (and now revised) picture book created by Barney Saltzberg, kids get to do just what Arlo does to solve his problem. They read an eye chart, look through a lift-the-flap phoropter (that big machine optometrists use), and try on different pairs of glasses—movie star glasses! superhero glasses! mad scientist glasses! And they interact with Arlo as he rediscovers how to be the best ball-catcher in the neighborhood and picks up a new favorite pastime along the way—reading! One out of five school-age children needs glasses. Arlo will show them just how lucky they are.” (Amazon)

The Craft 

Before my student set off to music class, I snapped their photos (just their faces) and printed them out on 8 1/2 by 11 paper. I then trimmed each picture.  When my students returned, I told them that since Charlie got glasses today, we are ALL going to get glasses. I gave them their photo and some construction paper and set them to work creating their very own pair of eye glasses. The results were amazing! Each child’s glasses were completely different, but all so wonderful.  Here is how they turned out:

Forgive the blurred out faces!

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