Remembering lost socks

We’ve all lost socks. Time to celebrate!

May 9th was the unofficial fun day to remember ‘Lost Socks’. Time to let go of all the single socks you are hoarding, in the vain hope of finding their partners. To celebrate, Jan Homden has compiled a list of amusing books, reviewed by Amazon – featuring socks – pairs or otherwise!  Click on the book covers to follow the links.


Odd Socks: Paperback 5 Jan 2017 by Michelle Robinson  (Author), Rebecca Ashdown  (Illustrator)

‘Suki and Sosh love their life. Each day they go to work together on their pair of feet, and each night they snuggle together in their sock drawer. But then disaster strikes: Sosh spots that Suki has a hole. Darn it! Sure enough, his warm, woolly wife starts to unravel, until one day Suki is nowhere to be found. The rest of the underwear warn him not to go it alone – no one likes an odd sock. But Sosh swears to find her.’

“Told with excellent rhythm and tongue-in-cheek humour… Delightful.” — Marilyn Brocklehurst, The Bookseller, Bookseller’s Choice  Age Range 3 – 6


Socks: Paperback – 19 Jun 2014 by Nick Sharratt  (Author, Illustrator), Elizabeth Lindsay (Author)

Sockywockydoodah  Laugh your socks off!

“Pages of silly big words containing socks such as Socywockydoodah, Sockywockychoochoo train will enchant little ones who can work their way through a series of sock animals, storytime characters, objects, transport and even greedy-guts Goldisocks.
The rhyming story is full of sockywocky fun, socks of every design and colour and will keep kids (and grown-ups) in stocking stitches for hours on end!” (Blackpool Gazette)  Age Range: 2 – 3 years


A Pair of Socks (MathStart Series, Matching, Level 1): Paperback – July 19, 1996 by Stuart J. Murphy (Author), Lois Ehlert (Illustrator)

“Does a polka-dotted sock match a striped sock? Young children will learn about matching, an important early math skill, as a lonely striped sock searches the house for its mate. They will may even be inspired to practice this skill in their own sock drawers!” Best Children’s Science Books 1997 (Science Books and Films)  Age Range: 4 – 8 years


Fox’s Socks (Tales From Acorn Wood): Board book – 1 Jan 2015 by Julia Donaldson  (Author), Axel Scheffler (Illustrator)

“Poor old Fox has lost his socks – can you help him find them? Are they in the kitchen or under the stairs? Are they inside the clock or hidden in a chest? Lift the flaps and find out! With sturdy flaps on every spread and rhyming stories that are a joy to read aloud, the Tales From Acorn Wood have been delighting both parents and toddlers for over fifteen years. Celebrate their unending appeal with Fox’s Socks, a beautifully produced board book with a gorgeous shiny-foiled cover look.”  Age Range: 2 – 5 years


Duck Sock Hop: Hardcover – 25 Oct 2012 by Jane Kohuth  (Author), Jane Porter  (Author)

“In this tongue-twisting, toe-tapping picture book, ducks grab socks from a big sock box and head on down to the duck sock hop. In socks with stripes and socks with spots, socks with squares and socks with dots, these brightly, boldly illustrated ducks dance until their socks go rip; and ducks teeter, tumble, twist, and trip. But not to worry; in this preschool-perfect read-aloud, when one sock hop ends, the countdown to the next one begins.” Age Range: 3 – 5 years


Fox in Socks (Dr. Seuss):  Paperback – 5 May 2016 by Dr. Seuss  (Author, Illustrator)

“The Dr. Seuss classic about the irrepressible Fox in Socks gets a brand new look – bringing his hilarious tongue-twisters and rollicking rhymes to a new generation of readers. The classic story from the one and only Dr. Seuss, now with a brand new look! Fox in Socks teaches a baffled Mr. Knox some of the slickest, quickest tongue-twisters in town, and you can read along too – if your tongue can manage it!

The perfect book for budding readers, the new style brings an old favourite to a whole new generation.”  Age Range: 4 – 7 years



Sir Charlie Stinky Socks: The Really Big Adventure – Paperback – 27 Aug 2015 by Kristina Stephenson  (Author)

“Join our brave young knight Sir Charlie Stinky Socks in his bestselling super duper picture book adventure series – oh my!

Once upon a time, there was a deep, dark forest, where monstrous trees groaned, terrible beasties moaned and wiggly woos waited to tickle your toes. Nobody ever went there until… Sir Charlie Stinkysocks, his good grey mare and his pet cat Envelope decide the time has come for a really big adventure. Sir Charlie packs his best sword and his sandwiches and off he goes, over the hills and far away, until he gets to the deep, dark forest. Sir Charlie doesn’t flinch when he meets the beasties, or the dragon, or the wily witch, but when he comes across the princess, he realises he’s met his match!”  Age Range: 3 – 5 years


So, as we honour all our lost socks why not make a sock puppet or a sock puppet family with your single socks? Or, you could just throw out all the single leftover socks!


Jan Homden, Consilium Education
An early years teaching specialist and designer, Jan has taught in international
schools around the world and is now responsible for design and research at Consilium Education.




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