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February 1, 2016 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Crafts and Gardening Books for Youth
Mix found treasures with bits of yarn, thread, flowers, and a quantity of seeds, and you’ll have books that celebrate hobbies, crafts, and gardening. These 10 titles were reviewed in Booklist between December 15, 2012, and December 1, 2013.
Crafts for Pampering Yourself. By Susannah Blake. 2013. illus. Enslow, $22.60 (9780766043145). Gr. 4–6.
Pampering. Say no more. DIY projects with tantalizing names like Luscious Lip Balm and Bath-tastic Washcloth are two of the 12 ecofriendly crafts featured here.
Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table
. By Jacqueline Briggs Martin. Illus. by Eric Shabazz Larkin. 2013. Readers to Eaters, $17.95 (9780983551535). Gr. 1–4.
The story of Will Allen, who turned an empty lot into a successful urban farm program, is told in this inspiring picture book.
It’s Our Garden: From Seeds to Harvest in a School Garden. By George Ancona. Illus. by the author. 2013. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763653927). K–Gr. 3.
Ancona follows the development of a school garden and the students’ responses to it, from plans to planting to watering to harvest.
Knit Your Bit: A World War I Story. By Deborah Hopkinson. Illus. by Steven Guarnaccia. 2013. Putnam, $16.99 (9780399252419). K–Gr. 3.
During WWI, everyone is expected to do their bit. Mikey doesn’t want to learn to knit, but a contest spurs him on, and soon he has a new understanding of what it means to help. A fine yarn.
Miss Maple’s Seeds. By Eliza Wheeler. Illus. by the author. 2013. Penguin/Nancy Paulson, $16.99 (9780399257926). PreS–Gr. 1.
Miss Maple flies on a bird’s back and gathers orphan seeds, which she nurtures through the winter and plants in the spring. The beguiling story is extended by the realistic depiction of 20 seeds at the book’s conclusion.
Pet Crafts: Everything You Need to Become Your Pet’s Craft Star. By Megan Friday. 2012. illus. Black Rabbit/Walter Foster, lib. ed., $32.80 (9781936309412.) Gr. 4–7.
Here are 14 products that will tempt crafters and make them giggle as well. Has your pup been whining for a T-shirt emblazoned with angel wings? Here you go.
Sew Zoey: Ready to Wear. By Chloe Taylor. Illus. by Nancy Zhang. 2013. Simon & Schuster, $15.99 (9871442479340).
Zoey realizes that to get the clothes she wants, she’s going to have to learn to sew. So, sew she does, and she also starts a blog about fashion and designing.
Sneaky Art: Crafty Surprises to Hide in Plain Sight. By Marthe Jocelyn. 2013. illus. Candlewick, $12.99 (9780763656485). Gr. 3–5.
This hip book taps into the popularity of yarn bombing—a type of street art—by providing a guide to creating art intended to surprise people in public places.
Spring Blossoms. By Carole Gerber. Illus. by Leslie Evans. 2013. Charlesbridge, $16.95 (9781580894128). Gr. 1–3.
This homage to spring trees packs a good deal of information into its lightly rhymed verse, but it’s the lush art that will immediately attract.
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever. By H. Joseph Hopkins. Illus. by Jill McElmurry. 2013. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane, $16.99 (9781442414021). Gr. 1–3.
The story of Katherine Olivia Sessions, who helped turn San Diego green at the turn of the last century, makes for inspiring, empowering reading.
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