My name is Mrs. D. and I am an author of children's books. Currently, I’m juggling many projects including several new books. I love to write. I love this beautiful language. I write because I have something to share. I write because maybe someday, someone in this world may need my experience. I write for one simple reason. I love how it makes me feel: free.
Instead, we wanted to include only the best designed t-shirts available on the web. There are other, funny or sophisticated, ways to express that you love reading books.
Each description comes with a short info about sizes, so that you don’t need to leave the page just to check that out. For more reference on sizes, go to this Wikipedia clothing size tables.
You can find great literary t-shirts in online store that specialize in clothes and fashion. You can also find a great variety on Amazon, Rakuten, or eBay.
Custom clothes – recommended sites
Etsy – a great destination if you want to gift something unique in style. All items are made to order by shop owners, so they differ in production values. A great thing is that you can talk directly to shop owner and get a personalized item. For instance, you can get a t-shirt in size and color that are not listed on a product page.
RedBubble – a marketplace for custom designed items, including clothes. Men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel is offered. Styles to choose from: t-shirts, v-necks, long sleeves, sweatshirts, and hoodies.
Society6 – just like RedBubble, in Society6 you can browse thousands of merchandise items with quality artwork from artists from around the world. Opposite to RedBubble, designs on clothes are very well visualized, so that you can easier imagine how it will look like
CafePress – it’s one of the largest retailers of stock and user customized products. The offer of apparel styles is very large, with a special focus on kids’s and baby clothes. However, the quality of designs is not always high.
Zazzle – the store offers a huge selection of merchandise of all kinds. The clothing department is very well organized. Almost every design can be used on over one hundred cloth products. What’s more, users can customize the existing artwork, or create a totally new one.
T-shirts are about expressing attitudes, character, and interests. We selected the ones that are literary, not literal.
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Kurt Vonnegut No. 5. Designed by Novel-T, from a popular Literary Numbers series. Artwork featured on front left chest is the officially licensed Kurt Vonnegut asterisk drawing. Other designs in the series: Douglas Adams No. 42, Jane Austen No. 21, Walt Whitman No. 11.
Slaughterhouse-Five T-shirt. An iconic cover of Kurt Vonnegut’s famous novel from Out of Print Clothing licensed collection. This is a new way to enjoy the classic literature, and a great gift for book lovers.
Made from cotton/poly blend for easy care and comfort. Sizes from S to XL. ⇢ Amazon – $28.95.
The Nights Watch Quote T-shirt. The quote from A Game of Thrones saga says: ” I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against the cold.”
This adult unisex t-shirt is available in sixteen colors. Sizes from 2XS to 3XL. ⇢ Etsy – from $12.96.
Catch-22 T-shirt. From Out of Print classic book jacket collection, it features a cover art for Joseph Heller’s Catch-22. “Read it… and you’ll never be quite the same again.”
Harry Potter Pixel Art Alphabet T-shirt. A wonderful pixel art by Sergei Vozika matches alphabet letters with Harry Potter characters. Women’s biker tank is shown below, but on Society you can get other clothes as well, including v-neck t-shirts, long sleeves, and hoodies.
Harry Potter Deathly Hallows T-Shirt. This charcoal heather t-shirt features the symbol of the Deathly Hallows and a text: “A wand more powerful than any in existence. A stone to recall loved ones from the grave. A cloak to leave death without being followed.”
House Lannister T-shirt. Perfect for any fan of A Game of Thrones saga. The House Lannister emblem is printed on American Apparel fine jersey t-shirt. Alix Insanity shop offers on Etsy other house emblems as well.
Available in women’s and men’s sizes, from S to 2XL. Four colors to choose from: Red (above), White, Yellow, and Gray. You can also order the custom color. Please specify it in the message to seller. ⇢ Etsy – $24.
A Clockwork Orange Women’s T-shirt. One of the most popular items offered by Out of Print Clothing – the cover art for Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange. Just like other products from Out of Print, purchase of this shirt sends one book to a community in need.
Oscar Wilde Quote T-shirt. Evan Robertson (Obvious State) designed this gorgeous t-shirt, showing steampunk gears graphic on the Victorian silhouette, and the quote: “An idea that is not dangerous is not worthy of being called an idea at all.”
One color: Asphalt Gray. Sizes from S to XL, men/unisex, and women. ⇢ Etsy – from $12.
Jack Kerouac T-shirt. Perfect for the fans of Jack Kerouac. This Out of Print t-shirt features the original cover art from On the Road. Distressed, softened print on 100% cotton.
Mysterious Island Graphic T-shirt. Inspired by one of the most famous novels of Jules Verne, this screen printed graphic T-shirt is made of 100% premium cotton in bone color. It’s pre-washed for a vintage feel.
The Affair shop on Etsy offers ten more other literary t-shirts, including Moby Dick, Frankenstein, and Heart of Darkness. ⇢ Etsy – $40.69.
Nevermore Raven T-shirt. Designed by Sheatiel Sarao, the t-shirt is inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe. The artwork is framed by the entire text of Poe’s poem The Raven. ⇢ Etsy – $24.
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish T-shirt. The design features a title of the fourth book from Douglas Adams Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxyseries.
See above men’s basic fit. Available in eleven colors, including Cardinal, and Military Green. On CafePress you’ll find dozens of other clothes with this design, for women, men, and kids. ⇢ CafePress – $24.
Edgar Allan Poe T-Shirt. Designed by Thrifty Tees, this is an officially licensed men’s t-shirt featuring a portrait of Edgar Allan Poe.
Jane Austen Quote T-shirt. Design by Chicks with Books features a quote from Pride and Prejudice: “You have widely mistaken my character, if you think I can be worked on by such persuasions as these.”
There are many colors to choose from (forty) and styles, including basic t-shirt, American Apparel fine jersey t-shirt, and Hanes nano t-shirt. ⇢ Zazzle – from $26.95.
Mr Darcy’s Proposal T-shirt. This stylish t-shirt shows a text of Mr Darcy’s proposal to Elizabeth Bennet, from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.
The quote is screen printed in a faded white eco friendly ink by hand. Four sizes to choose from: S through XL. ⇢ Etsy – $26.15.
Certified Book Addict T-shirt. From a Society6 catalog on Amazon, comes a wonderful design by Risa Rodil. A definite gift for every book loving girl. This women’s tee is made from ultra soft 100% fine jersey cotton, combed for softness and comfort.
Available in three colors: White, Black, and Tri-Black. Sizes from S to XL. ⇢ Amazon – $22.
Librarian Deadly Ninja T-shirt. Designed by Poor Richard. The t-shirt features a funny text: “Librarian by day, deadly ninja by night.” Not only t-shirts, but also other apparel is available with this design, including long sleeve tees, polos, tank tops, and sweatshirts. For women, men, and kids.
She Reads Books T-shirt. A beautiful design by Kat Parella, shows Annie Dillard’s quote: “She reads books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.” The artwork works on all dark tee colors. ⇢ Zazzle – from $29.45.
Jorge Luis Borges Quote T-shirt. A long sleeve t-shirt designed by Risa Rodil, with a quote by Jorge Luis Borges: “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”.
Sizes: S through XL. Available in seven colors, including Black (above), Red, and Heather Gray. ⇢ Society6 – $28.
Lit Happens T-shirt. From Writers’ Fort comes a clever t-shirt perfect not only for aspiring authors, but also librarians or avid readers. “One day you sit down in front of your computer and suddenly lit happens.”
For women, men, and kids. Forty colors and over one hundred styles to choose from, including long sleeves and sport t-shirts. ⇢ Zazzle – from $24.95.
Careful or Novel. Label Me Happy offers on Zazzle a simple text-only design in a typewriter font, saying: “Careful or you’ll end up in my novel”.
TL;DR Men’s T-shirt. “Tl;dr” stands for “too long didn’t read”. There are many tl;dr designs on Zazzle but this one, from Raygun Design, is the coolest. This unisex shirt, by American Apparel, is soft and smooth.
Seven sizes, from XS to 3XL. On Zazzle you’ll find over one hundred apparel styles with this design, for women, men, and kids, including polos, long sleeves, and tank tops. ⇢ Zazzle – from $24.95.
A Book is a Dream T-shirt. One of the iconic designs by Risa Rodil, and sold by Society6. This time a quote by Neil Gaiman is visualized: “A book is a dream you hold in your hands.” The art work is printed on premium American Apparel shirt. Made from ultra soft 100% fine jersey cotton.
Three colors to choose from: Black, White (not recommended), and Tri-Black (shown above). Sizes from S to XL. ⇢ Amazon – $22.