A Novel Prescription: Freckles

There must have been something in the air last month.

Three picture books about freckles came out on the same day, 8 March 2023!

All with a different take, they would make a great display for a classroom or library, as a conversation starter about feeling different.


By Catherine Jinks & Jennifer Goldsmith (Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing, 2023)

A gorgeous story about loving who you are – all the way down to the last freckle!
My fabulous freckles are wonderful fun. A hundred and twenty! I’ve counted each one.

Emma’s Freckles

By Sarah Wallace & Lesley McGee (Little Pink Dog Books, 2023)

Emma has thousands of freckles, but sometimes she wishes she didn’t. One day grandma tells her a story from long ago, a story of a shimmering island with mist that dances off the ocean, twinkling stars that speak to you from faraway places, and freckles that are more special than Emma could ever have imagined. A magical story of self-acceptance inspired by Gaelic mythology with stunning illustrations that will enchant children with the beauty of nature and the night sky.

A Picture Day to Remember

By Natalia Paruzel-Gibson & Nynke Boelens (Clavis Publishing, 2023)

Lola wears a big red hat to school because she’s insecure about her appearance. When her teacher announces that it’s picture day, all Lola wants to do is hide. But her classmate Nassim has a clever solution to help Lola with her picture day jitters. 

A thoughtful book about insecurities and self-confidence, but especially about the power of friendship. For children with and without freckles ages 5 years and up.

Freckleface Strawberry

By Julianne Moore & LeUyen Pham (Bloomsbury 2007) ~ a classic:

If you have freckles, you can try these things:

1) Make them go away. Unless scrubbing doesn’t work.

2) Cover them up. Unless your mom yells at you for using a marker. 

3) Disappear.

Um, where’d you go?

Oh, there you are.

There’s one other thing you can do:


Because after all, the things that make you different also make you YOU.

From acclaimed actress Julianne Moore and award-winning illustrator LeUyen Pham comes a delightful story of a little girl who’s different … just like everybody else.

Anne of Green Gables

By LM Montgomery

And to make our collection complete, we can’t forget everyone’s favourite freckled character. There are many versions of book covers and screen adaptations, and even a graphic novel of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES.

See more novel prescriptions here and here.

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