In the spirit of fun and in honor of New York Fashion Week, I give you these fashion-forward picture book characters. (I stuck to fictional characters who are human, for some parameters.)
AND THE AWARDS GO TO…
Her outfits change through the seasons and growth-spurts thanks to her mom’s superb sewing skills. That dress becomes a shirt, a scarf, a hair bow.
No explanation necessary. This kid wears a tux. It’s no wonder his best friend is destined to be a penguin.
A Sick Day for Amos McGee written by Philip Stead, illustrated by Erin Stead.
Oh, Amos. The hat, the slightly rumply green suit, the boots! Perfection.
Cherry and Olive by Benjamin Lacombe.
Cherry wears the perfect cream turtleneck sweater, no? It’s a cold weather staple.
Come On, Rain by Karen Hesse pictures by Jon J. Muth.
I like how Tessie’s suit is ballet-inspired. Simple and danceable. Just right.
These kids look awesome. I especially like the butterfly wings, but each ordinary ensemble is great as well. Kind of old-timey, colorful, and quintessentially kid.
Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts.
Miss Lila Greer is so Mad Men, no?
Breton shirts are for sailors, and this boy goes on a journey. That shirt is so graphic and so Jeffers.
Pelly and Mr. Harrison Visit the Moon by Lindsay Ward.
Really it’s two awesome accessories: that lightning bolt space cap AND the bunny slippers!
Obviously. Those. Red. Boots.
Such taste and refinement in those striped PJs. (And really, they have a lot in common with Grandpa Frank’s wardrobe.)
Sweet, sweet yellow dress.
Neville by Norton Juster and G. Brian Karas.
Red checks are always in style.
These Hands by Margaret H. Mason, illustrated by Floyd Cooper.
Red converse. Good for a grandson or a grandpa or any person of any age or gender.
Red Sled by Lita Judge.
That puffy white suit really gets me.
The definitive froggy rain coat. Ribbits of joy!
Sparky! by Jenny Offill and Chris Appelhans.
A costume a real kid could really make by herself. Space traveler meets magician meets superhero.
There you have it! I’d like to thank all the talented people who shared their gifts with us in these books. And I dedicate this post to all of you who read my blog!