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March 15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Crafts and Gardening Books for Youth
The subjects of these top 10 books run the gamut from making delish tidbits to turning trash into treasure. All titles were reviewed in Booklist from December 15, 2013, to December 1, 2014.
3-D Art Lab for Kids. By Susan Schwake. 2013. illus. Quayside/Quarry paper, $24.99 (9781592538157). Gr. 4–8.
This introduces four artists and lots of art projects, with each chapter focusing on a particular medium: paper, clay, textile, sculpture, and jewelry. A must-have for art teachers.
Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious. By Jacqueline Briggs Martin. Illus. by Heyelin Choi. 2014. Readers to Eaters, $18.95 (9780983661566). Gr. 1–3.
Waters’ love of veggies started young—she wore a vegetable costume as a child. As an adult, her passion for fresh food—and for bringing it to kids—is on display in this inventively illustrated offering.
Ashley Bryan’s Puppets: Make Something from Everything. By Ashley Bryan. Illus. by Rich Entel. 2014. Atheneum, $19.99 (9781442487284). Gr. 1–4.
For years, noted storyteller and author Bryan has collected objects as he’s walked the shore near his home. The puppets he has made from these found objects are introduced in poems and stunning photographs.
Cool Flexagon Art. By Anders Hanson and Elissa Mann. 2013. ABDO, lib. ed., $28.50 (9781617838217). Gr. 4–6.
Origami is always fun, but kids can expand their crafty minds with movable, geometric designs called flexagons—toys made of folded paper. This can be used as an adjunct to math and science classes as well.
Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus: An Origami Yoda Book. By Tom Angleberger. Illus. by the author. 2014. Abrams/Amulet, $13.95 (9781419709333). Gr. 4–6.
In this final installment of the series, the seventh-graders are on their way to D.C. by bus, but the principal has banned origami for the entire trip! An amusing journey also has a bit of romance and a few final lessons from Origami Yoda.
Judy Moody, Mood Martian. By Megan McDonald. 2014. Candlewick, $15.99 (9780763666989). Gr. 2–4.
Judy’s head, covered with yarn, sets the tone for this peppy entry in the long-running series. Her new obsession is finger knitting, and it keeps her going during her good mood challenge—until her knitting starts to take over her life.
Just Grace Gets Crafty. By Charise Mericle Harper. Illus. by the author. 2014. Houghton, $15.99 (9780544080232). Gr. 2–4.
The appealing series for newer readers takes a crafty turn when Grace has to help her friend prepare for a craft show. The believable first-person narration and childlike drawings enhance the appeal for the audience.
The Lion and the Bird. By Marianne Dubuc. 2014. Enchanted Lion, $17.95 (9781592701513). PreS–K.
In this heartfelt story, Lion grows his garden, hopefully waiting for the return of Bird, whom he has nursed through an injury. Will Bird come back or stay with his winged friends?
Plants Feed Me. By Lizzy Rockwell. Illus. by the author. 2014. Holiday, $16.95 (9780823425266). PreS–K.
A cheerful cast of multicultural kids demonstrates how plants are instrumental in what we eat. Informative and fun.
Trash to Treasure: A Kid’s Upcycling Guide to Crafts. By Pam Scheunemann. 2013. illus. Scarletta paper, $15.95 (9781938063183). Gr. 5–8.
What do you have around the house? This attractive book suggests how to take unwanted materials and turn them into something useful—newspaper becomes gift bags; magazines become collages. Clear instructions explain the projects’ steps.
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