Glitter, Glitter, Glitter!

Who doesn't like glitter? Okay, maybe it can be a little messy, but many kids can't resist the allure of the sparkly stuff. There's something so joyous (and fancy!) about it!

Glitter Facts and Secrets

The New York Times recently ran an article by Caity Weaver called "What Is Glitter?", opens a new window Hmmm...hadn't really thought of it until she researched it.

Some highlights:

  • It's also known as aluminum metalized polyethylene terephthalate.
  • It's thought to have been invented in New Jersey in the 1930s.
  • Today, it's still mainly manufactured in two factories...both in New Jersey. (Who knew New Jersey was the origin of so much glamour??)
  • Craft glitter is the largest type of glitter; glitter in lipstick cosmetics is the smallest.
  • Because it's so hard to clean up, it can be useful crime scene evidence.
  • It's created via a highly secretive manufacturing process and involves a lot of science expertise. Total top secret stuff!

Sparkly Books

Here's a round-up of children's glitter books.


Just Add Glitter

Sparkle Boy

Thelma the Unicorn


One Christmas Night

The Rainbow Fish




The Slime Workshop

Adorna con brillos

Grace the Glitter Fairy

What's your favorite glitter book? Tell us in the comments below!