Red Socks

It’s time for Baby to get dressed. Mama talks with Baby about each item of clothing, but “UH-OH” – a sock is missing! Once the sock is found and Baby is all dressed, and the laundry is folded, it’s time to go play outside. Little ones will love spotting that hidden sock, watching baby get dressed, and pointing to familiar objects in the illustrations.

Illustration © 2015 by Ying-Hwa Hu

Illustration © 2015 by Ying-Hwa Hu

Includes a note from early literacy and language expert Dr. Betty Bardige that shows adults how everyday activities and conversation with young children offer rich opportunities to build early language.

To see more of award-winning illustrator Ying-Hwa Hu’s artwork you can visit her at

“A sweet story that instructs parents as well as delighting babies.” – Kirkus Reviews

“In Red Socks, the mother character names colors, provides descriptions, and offers spatial observations, all examples of how we can help children name, measure, and know their world. “Let’s see what else is in the laundry basket. Here is your red sock. UH-OH! Where is the other red sock? You found the other red sock! Yay! It was hiding in your pants pocket!”” – Jarrett Dapier, “Building Better Brains,” in Children and Libraries, journal of the Association for Library Service to Children

“Ellen Mayer’s simple and charming story of a particular moment in a mother and child’s day will immediately appeal to even the youngest reader. Familiar words coupled with clear, vivid illustrations will engage toddlers who are pre-talking and just learning language and concept development. The mother’s use of complete sentences as well as step-by-step descriptions of the activities the child sees and is involved in demonstrates how adults can converse with their babies and young children to encourage strong language and literacy skills. Free of gender-specific pronouns, Red Socks is a universal story.” – Kathy Lynn of 

ParentChild+ recommended

Highly recommended by the Midwest Book Review

To Order

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ISBN-13: 978-1-59572-706-0
Illustrated by Ying-Hwa Hu
Published by Star Bright Books, 2015
Board book, 18 pages
For ages 0-2

Red Socks Span_Eng copy

Medias rojas / Red Socks, 2016
Spanish/English bilingual edition
ISBN-13: 978-1595727572


红袜子 / Red Socks, 2018
Chinese/English bilingual edition
ISBN: 978-1-59572-811-1


Thom Khwm Liab / Red Socks, 2018
Hmong/English bilingual edition
ISBN: 978-1-59572-812-8

Watch Kaonou Hang read Red Socks in Hmong and English!