Books about short and tall

First, a little background.  Today is my dad’s birthday.  He works with children, too, as a pediatric endocrinologist.  When people ask me what that means, I usually say “Most of his patients are kids with diabetes.”  That’s true, but the endocrine system also includes the glands and hormones that make you grow and develop.  Since some of the children he sees are especially short or tall, he keeps an eye out for short and tall people in the news and in history.

I’ve been trying to keep tabs on short and tall characters in children’s books.  If you’d like to find more, you can try words like “size” and “stature” when you do a subject search in the library catalog.  Click on the cover image or book title for more information:


Short: Walking Tall When You’re Not Tall at All
by John Schwartz


Stand Straight, Ella Kate: The True Story of a Real Giant
by Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise


The Thing About Georgie: A Novel
by Lisa Graff


The Giant of Seville
by Dan Andreasen


I Wish I Was Tall Like Willie
by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook


How to Make Friends with a Giant
by Gennifer Choldenko


Half-Moon Investigations
by Eoin Colfer


Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon
by Patty Lovell

Alex Is My Friend by Marisabina Russo

Two Very Little Sisters by Carol Carrick


Too-Tall Paul, Too-Small Paul
by Susan Hood


Freak the Mighty
by Rodman Philbrick


Cool as Ice
by Paul Mantell (Matt Christopher Sports Fiction series)


Stand Tall
by Joan Bauer


Chig and the Second Spread
by Gwenyth Swain


Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
by Bruce Coville


Sassy: Little Sister Is Not My Name
by Sharon M. Draper


Hewitt Anderson’s Great Big Life
by Jerdine Nolen


The Heights, the Depths, and Everything In Between
by Sally Nemeth


Little Klein
by Anne Ylvisaker


The Treasures of Weatherby
by Zilpha Keatley Snyder


Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid
by Megan McDonald

You might also want to check out the Martin Mitchell Mansion at Naper Settlement in Naperville.  When I took a tour of the building, I was surprised to learn that the daughter of the Mitchell family was a dwarf.  Her room upstairs is filled with smaller furniture that was made to order.  The tour guides say that  she was very active in her community although that was unusual for the time when she lived.  -Miss Sarah

3 responses to “Books about short and tall

  1. This sounds really interesting!!

    Ramona Kent

  2. This is awesome! Great Blog!

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