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March 15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Project Books for Youth
Amazing Braids, Buns, and Twists. By Eric Mayost. Illus. by Roee Fainburg. 2015. Imagine, $14.95 (9781623549661). Gr. 8–12.
The 34 hairstyles here are modeled by young women of different ethnicities and hair types. Mayost offers information about styling tools and products, along with step-by-step instructions and color photographs.
Hacking Fashion: Fleece. By Kristin Fontichiaro. 2015. Cherry Lake, $29.93 (9781633623767). Gr. 4–8.
Kids who want to modify their attire will find good ideas here, along with instructions on how, for example, to turn their old fleece clothing into something hip and happening.
Handmade Crafts for Children by Children. By Guadalupe Rodríguez. Illus. by Manuela Montero. Tr. by Catherine Bruzzone. 2014. IPG/B Small, $12.99 (9781908164971). K–3.
Written by a teacher in Chile, this appealing book, illustrated with cheerful drawings, offers up kid-friendly creations like dolls, a puppet theater, and newspaper boats.
The LEGO Neighborhood Book. By Brian Lyles and Jason Lyles. 2014. No Starch, $19.95 (9781593275716). Gr. 4–7.
Here’s a manual for both LEGO vets and ambitious beginners. Projects include a variety of urban facades and smaller items, from sofas to fire hydrants.
Making History: Have a Blast with 15 Crafts. By Wendy Fresman and Kristin Jansson. 2014. Minnesota Historical Society, $17.95 (9780873519199). Gr. 4–7.
This handsomely illustrated book presents 15 projects reflecting the artistry and cultures represented in the Minnesota Historical Society’s collections, including a North Woods troll and a Hmong rooster-comb hat.
Maker Projects for Kids Who Love Games. By Rebecca Sjonger. 2016. Crabtree, $27.60 (9780778722489). Gr. 4–7.
Libraries looking to add to their maker spaces will appreciate Sjonger’s ability to take basic household items and show kids how to create their own board games—or even video games. Practical and fun.
Mason Jar Crafts for Kids. By Linda Z. Braden. 2015. Skyhorse/Skypony, $14.99 (9781632204134). Gr. 2–5.
Mason jars have long since found new life as drinking glasses, candle holders, and lamps. Here, 25 clever crafts are divided into themes such as summer, holidays, and more.
The Nitty-Gritty Gardening Book: Fun Projects for All Seasons. By Kari Cornell. Illus. by Jennifer S. Larson. 2015. Lerner/Millbrook, $26.95 (9781467726474). Gr. 4–8.
Readers at different levels of experience are invited to give gardening a go. After the basics, the book is divided by seasons, with fruits and flowers being the (hopeful) result of all the work.
Super Simple Hanging Gardens: A Kid’s Guide to Gardening. By Alex Kuskowski. 2015. ABDO/Sandcastle, $18.95 (9781624035234). Gr. 2–4.
This bright manual not only encourages kids to get their hands dirty but to look at gardening as more than just sticking a plant in the ground. For newbies and more experienced green thumbs alike.
Thrift Shopping: Discovering Bargains and Hidden Treasures. By Sandy Donovan. 2015. Lerner/Twenty-First Century, $33.32 (9781467757836). Gr. 5–8.
Along with how to get the most out of thrift shopping, this handy guide provides step-by-step instructions for “upcycling” projects, such as turning a sweater into a throw pillow or an old book into a tablet cover. Suggestions on selling these items are included.
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