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February 1, 2016 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Crafts and Gardening Books for Youth
Our annual crafts list has expanded to include gardening books as well. These selections, for various age groups, are the top titles reviewed over the last 12 months.
And Then It’s Spring. By Julie Fogliano. Illus. by Erin E. Stead. 2012. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter, $16.99 (9781596436244). PreS–Gr.2.
This lovely ode to the patient gardener has a simple, tender text and the expressive, endearing art of Caldecott winner Stead.
Crafty Chloe. By Kelly DiPucchio. Illus. by Heather Ross. 2012. Atheneum, $16.99 (9781442421233). Gr. 1–3.
The story of a girl who’s good at crafty pursuits is bolstered by a link to a website with instructions for the crafts depicted.
Extra Yarn. By Mac Barnett. Illus. by Jon Klassen. 2012. HarperCollins/Balzer and Bray, $16.99 (9780061953385). K–Gr. 2.
Reading like a droll fairy tale, this Barnett-Klassen collaboration is both seamless and magical as it tells the story of a girl living in a black-and-white world who finds a yarn stash that allows her to knit for herself—and plenty of others as well.
Getting Started in Pinewood Derby: Step-by-Step Workbook to Building Your First Car! By Troy Thorne. 2011. Fox Chapel, paper, $12.95 (9781565236172). Gr. 3–6.
This Cub Scouting event, in which participants use the same kit to build gravity-powered cars, is detailed here with excellent information and photos that show how-to.
The Hueys in the New Sweater. By Oliver Jeffers. Illus. by the author. 2012. Philomel, $10.99 (9780399257674). PreS–Gr. 1.
The Hueys are a whole species of indistinguishable, egglike creatures with sticks for arms, and they like it that way. But after Rupert knits himself an orange sweater, the Hueys’ world is never quite the same.
Isabella’s Garden. By Glenda Millard. Illus. by Rebecca Cool. 2012. Candlewick, $16.99 (978076366061). PreS–Gr. 2.
A garden becomes a symbol for the circle of life in this child-appealing story told in verse reminiscent of “The House That Jack Built.”
Kids’ Winter Fun Book. By Claire Gillman and Sam Martin. 2011. Barron’s, paper, $12.99 (9780764147265). Gr. 3–5.
This handy compendium is full of suggestions for crafts, food, and outdoor and indoor play. Parents and teachers will like this one as much as the kids do.
Plant a Little Seed. By Bonnie Christensen. Illus by the author. 2012. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter, $17.99 (9781596435506). PreS–Gr. 1.
Vividly illustrated, this charming book presents gardening as a yearlong activity.
Ready for Pumpkins. By Kate Duke. Illus. by the author. 2012. Knopf, $16.99 (9780375870682). K–Gr. 2.
A guinea pig is the hero of this story, which, while pumpkin-specific, also extols the wonders of gardening.
Secrets of the Garden: Food Chains and the Food Web in Our Backyard. By Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld. Illus. by Priscilla Lamont. 2012. Random, $16.99 (978051770990). K–Gr. 2.
Alice and her family plant a garden and watch over the months as the plants grow and critters arrive, forming a food web.
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