Trying to get started smocking can be a little difficult these days (but I am working on making it easier!). Classes are few and far between and the quality of youtube videos varies. I smocked my first dress from Kitty Benton's Sewing Classic Clothes for Children which I found at my local library (I made the cover dress)! So learning from a book is definitely possible. Whether you are just starting out, or looking for a few key reference books, here are my recommendations straight off of my book shelf. (please note, this post contains affiliate links which means I will earn a small commission if you click through and purchase the item).