Tell Me A Tattoo Story – Perfect Picture Book Friday

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25861929Title: Tell Me a Tattoo Story

Written by: Alison McGhee

Illustrated by: Eliza Wheeler

Published by: Chronicle Books, 2016

Themes/Topics: tattoos, fathers and sons, personal history

Suitable for ages: 5-7


You wanna see my tattoos?


This is a modern father-son love story. The father tells his little son the story behind each of his tattoos, and together they go on a beautiful journey through family history. There’s a tattoo from a favorite book his mother used to read him, one from something his father used to tell him, and one from the longest trip he ever took. And there is a little heart with numbers inside—which might be the best tattoo of them all.

Why I like This Book:

In pastel greens, yellows, orange and purple, Eliza Wheeler charmingly brings alive this tattoo history between father and son. The language is simple as is the story arc, but I found this a delightful and unusual focus for a picture book, which I believe will work equally with little readers used to adult tattoos and those for whom it is more of a new art form.


I’d do an art lesson where in pairs, students create wash off tattoos on each others arms of an important moment in that child’s life.

Or, here is a website on how to make your own temporary stick-on tattoos with your children.

Each week a group of bloggers reviews picture books we feel would make great educational reads. To help teachers, caregivers and parents, we have included resources and activities with each of our reviews. A complete list of the thousands of books we have reviewed can be found sorted alphabetically and by topics, here on Susanna Leonard Hill’s website.

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6 Responses to Tell Me A Tattoo Story – Perfect Picture Book Friday

  1. What a very clever idea children’s book. So many kids have both parents with tattoos and it is very relevant. But I like the bonding in this story!

  2. Erik - TKRB says:

    This sounds like a unique story! 😀

  3. I thought that this was a sweet story too, Joanna!! I nominated it for a Cybil 🙂

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