It is a knotty and terrible problem we parents have all struggled with: What shoes should we wear while reading bedtime stories to our children? I hope these suggestions will help other parents with this oft-experienced dilemma. I am here for you.

For the lovely Newbery-Medal-winning The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, wear these:


 “Banana” by Kobi Levi, $1400.

For The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett, wear these:


Dolce & Gabbana Fall-Winter 2014 Mosaic Collection, not yet available, BUT YOU MUST GET THEM IN ORDER TO HAVE HAPPINESS.

For Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot by Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop, wear these:


Rupert Sanderson “Birdie” high heel pump, £625.00 (that’s $944.50 in American).

For The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Anderson, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, wear these:


(Oops, spoiler alert!) Kobi Levi “Swan,” $1680.

For The English Roses: Friends for Life by Madonna, wear these:


Kobi Levi “Blond Ambition,” $3080 (In all seriousness, don’t read this book to your children. You should get the shoes, though.)

For Skating Shoes by Noel Streatfeild, wear these: 44302001ri_13_F

DSQUARED “Skate Moss” ankle boot, $913 (half-price!).

For the spectacular Al Capone Shines My Shoes by Gennifer Choldenko, wear these:


Gio Diev Milo I, price unavailable (meaning I couldn’t find it in Google).

For Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan, wear these:


Jeremy Scott Swarovski-studded (Glitz! Glamour! Elegance! Style! Luxury! Best SNL skit in years!) Adidas J-Wing, $3690.

For the My Car Board Book by Byron Barton, wear these:


Prada Jewel-Toe Flame Sandal, $652 (over 50% off!).

For the delightful poetry book Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex, wear these:


Iron Fist Zombie Stomper Women’s Heel, $39.99. You’re welcome.


  1. tanita April 2, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Yeah, that’s the ONLY shoe that could possibly be worn for THE ENGLISH ROSES. It’s utterly, pretentiously, perfect.

    I want you to know they make those zombie stompers in flats, too. AND in purple, just in case.

  2. Carol Ingall April 2, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    You must go to FIT to see their exhibit on Shoes…


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  4. Katie @ Youth Literature Reviews April 24, 2013 at 11:23 am

    This is so creative! I’ve seen a few of these shoes before but I never thought about matching them with children’s books! The Secret Garden one is my favorite, hands down.

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