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Last updated on Aug 3, 2018

It's back to school! Dress up your little or give a gift to your favorite teach. 40% all orders of $26 or more. Shop now!


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Bookish T-Shirts with Heart

Early Shirts is all about giving back. The idea for our shirts came about when we were considering how many children in the U.S. live without books. And because, as a teacher, I know how important books are to literacy achievement, I thought, hey, I should design some bookish t-shirts and sell them and use the proceeds to buy books for kids. So that's what I'm doing. For every shirt we sell, I donate a chunk to organziations that provide books to children, like First Book ( or Milk and Bookies ( These groups do amazing things and I love being able to support their work.
Each design is a quote from a book that I've read and loved. The quotes are about possibility, dreaming and adventure. I wanted the shirts to not only look cool, but also inspire the wearer to do the impossible. To live boldy and do great things.
Since I also love all things vintagey (that's a word, I'm sure), I choose vintage designs inspired by badges and ghost signs. Each design tries to incorporate some element of the literature from which it originates.
I love working with people in our community to design and print our shirts. Because I'm a straight-up amatuer designer, I get help from some legit designers to create the designs. I then entrust the printing of the shirts to only the most caring and awesome printers. When you purchase one of our shirts, feel good about supporting small, family owned businesses.

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  • Katie Griffith


    Early Shirts is my attempt to make the world a better place. For every shirt sold, we donate a portion of the profit to early literacy programs. As a teacher and mom, I want to help all kids succeed. Our literary, sassy shirts help make that happen!

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  • Colour Graphics

    Cheyenne, WY

    Colour Graphics was established in 1988 and had been responsible for providing outstanding screen printing ever since. They are a family owned company and take their craft-screen printing-very seriously. We are seriously grateful to work with them.

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