Books

To help children cope with their lazy eye, treatment and peers, we have assembled a list of children’s books about lazy eye. If you happen to come across a children’s book about lazy eye that is not listed, please e-mail the book information to us and we will add it to the list. If you read one of the listed books and have a comment about the book, e-mail us the comment and we will add the comment following the book’s listing.

Disclaimer: The Ohio Amblyope Registry does not endorse or recommend any particular books or materials. We are simply providing this information to help parents of children with lazy eye find resources which might help their child deal with their lazy eye.

I Am Not A Pirate

by Shannon Anderson

Maddie is excited to start school until she learns she has to go to the eye doctor. When she finds out she has to wear an eye patch, she thinks things can’t get any worse. How embarrassing! How will Maddie gain the confidence she needs to face her new friends at school?

I Am Not A Pirate by Shannon Anderson

The Pirate of Kindergarten

by George Ella Lyon

Doubles are good for lots of things—double scoops of ice cream, double features at the movies. But double vision is NOT a good kind of double. In fact, it can make kindergarten kind of hard. Ginny sees double chairs at reading circle and double words in her books. She knows that only half of what she sees is real, but which half? 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! Vibrant illustrations from Lynne Avril capture the realities of what Ginny sees both before and after.

The Pirate of Kindergarten by George Ella Lyon

Jacob’s Eye Patch

by Beth Kobliner Shaw and Jacob Shaw

Jacob is in a hurry—a really big hurry—to get to the store to buy a special toy. There’s only one left, and if he doesn’t get to it soon, he’ll never forgive his mom and dad for making him late. Strangers often stop Jacob’s parents on the street to ask about him. See, Jacob is unusual: He has an eye patch. Jacob knows people like to ask questions, but do they have to ask right now? Everyone has something different! What’s your something?

Jacob's Eye Patch by Beth Kobliner Shaw and Jacob Shaw

My Travelin’ Eye

by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

Jenny Sue’s eyes are not the same as other people’s eyes. Her right eye looks in one direction, while her left eye sometimes wanders. Jenny Sue has a travelin’, lazy eye. Although it makes her different, it also helps her see the world in a special way.

My Travelin' Eye by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

The Patch

by Justina Chen Headley

Here is a charming story about one very inspiring little girl who overcomes her disability and offers inspiration to others.

What could have been a saccharine and didactic message book about accepting differences is, instead, a lovely and surprising story that will certainly be enjoyed as a read-aloud. Becca’s doctor discovers that she’s got a lazy eye and needs a patch and glasses to strengthen her eyesight. The five-year-old is worried that the other students will think she looks stupid so, to boost her confidence, her older brother lends her his favorite pirate costume to go with her purple glasses and bright pink patch (this girl is clearly partial to pink). The bold hues in the cartoonlike watercolors reinforce Becca’s and her classmates energy. The students are fascinated as she plays Becca the Ballerina Pirate, Private Eye, and One-Eyed Monster before admitting the real reason for her patch. The illustrations dance off the pages, and Becca’s exuberance shines through.

The Patch by Justina Chen Headley