The family that reads together: (l-r) Ivy Pate, age 4, is sporting The Runaway Bunny T-shirt, mom Sarah Conway prefers Harry Potter, and big brother Liam Pate, age 9, looks on in his Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tee.  Photos by Rodney Margison


Clothing can tell you a lot about a person, including what they read.

Since March, the Book Corner has been selling book-themed T-shirts, onesies, socks, and totes. Pedestrians can see a rotating set of designs displayed in the windows of the shop at 100 N. Walnut. 

“The response has been very positive,” says owner Margaret Taylor. T-shirts are available in kid and adult sizes with 45 different designs available. Harry Potter has a shirt for every book in the series. “A professor came in recently and purchased all seven,” she says.

The most popular designs include The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Corduroy, Curious George, and Where the Wild Things Are. Adult sizes aren’t limited to kids’ books; Taylor recently carried a Kurt Vonnegut Jr. T-shirt that sold quickly. She is glad to take orders for any item not on hand.

There are 15 designs for onesies, which come in sizes from 6 to 24 months, featuring classics such as Goodnight Moon and The Poky Little Puppy. “I replace as soon as I sell and try to restock by the weekend,” Taylor says.

Clothing paired with other items make good gifts, she says. “The combination of a book with a matching onesie, socks, and stuffed animal is really neat for a baby shower gift,” says Taylor, whose store offers free gift-wrapping.

Totes round out the book-themed merchandise. “If you’re not into wearing your books, you can carry them in one of these,” Taylor suggests.