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May 15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Project Books for Youth
23 Ways to Be an Eco Hero: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creative Ways You Can Save the World. By Isabel Thomas. Illus. by Chris Andrews. 2016. QEB, $14.95 (9781609929213). Gr. 4–6.
Thomas’ upbeat tips include recycling household items that connect children more closely with the natural world (creating a backyard minipond) or reducing the family’s carbon footprint (developing a sand timer for the shower).
Abracadabra: Fun Magic Tricks for Kids. By Kristen Kelly and Ken Kelly. 2016. Skyhorse/Sky Pony, $14.99 (9781510702967). Gr. 4–8.
A British magician and his daughter pair up to present 30 easily learned feats of small-scale legerdemain, misdirection, and illusion, all of which should satisfy budding magicians.
Botanical Beauty: 80 Essential Recipes for Natural Spa Products. By Aubre Andrus. 2017. Capstone/Switch, $14.95 (9781630790752). Gr. 9–12.
Teens who enjoy being pampered will revel in this unique compendium of soothing, all-natural treatments for body, feet, face, and hair. The mix of recipes and craft projects makes this all the more useful.
Cool Board Games: Crafting Creative Toys & Amazing Games. By Rebecca Felix. 2017. Abdo/Checkerboard, $28.50 (9781680780468). Gr. 3–6.
This colorfully illustrated book has clear, easy-to-follow instructions that show kids how to make everything from a minimagnet battleship game to a variation of the Game of Life.
Frightlopedia: An Encyclopedia of Everything Scary, Creepy, and Spine-Chilling, from Arachnids to Zombies. By Julie Winterbottom. Illus. by Stefan Tambellini. 2016. Workman, $9.95 (9780761183792). Gr. 4–6. At last! A single volume containing everything scary under the sun (and moon). Along with introductions to the frights, craft projects include old favorites fake blood and fake brains.
Knit, Hook, and Spin: A Kid’s Activity Guide to Fiber Arts and Crafts. By Laurie Carlson. Illus. by Jim Spence. 2016. Chicago Review, $14.99 (9781613734001). Gr. 5–8.
Carlson gives readers a broad look at knitting, felting, knotting, braiding, spinning, weaving, crocheting, and dyeing. History mixes with how-to, and clear instructions will get kids going.
Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects. By Jack Challoner. 2016. DK, $19.99 (9781465451354). Gr. 3–8.
With style and authority, Challoner offers projects that use accessible materials and are rooted in fundamental principles of physics and chemistry. All will foster STEM discussions.
The Official Chase ‘N Yur Face Cookbook: Tasty Recipes and Fun Facts to Start Your Food Adventure. By Chase Bailey. Illus. by Samuel A. Bailey. 2016. Chase ‘N Yur Face, $24.95 (9780692755853). Gr. 5–8. Teen chef Bailey used his aversions to certain foods because of his autism as motivation to offers recipes (including dessert) that will appeal to kids’ different dietary needs.
Skateboards. By Patricia Lakin. 2017. Aladdin, $17.99 (9781481448338). Gr. 4–6.
Although this is a profile of a builder of customized skateboards, the bulk of it is devoted to the process of building a board. Fans of the hobby will get plenty of inspiration for customizing their rides.
Unofficial Minecraft Lab for Kids: Family-Friendly Projects for Exploring and Teaching Math, Science, History, and Culture through Creative Building. By John Miller and Chris Fornell Scott. 2016. Quarto/Quarry, $22.99 (9781631591174). Gr. 4–7.
Minecraft is big! Here the authors connect skills in Minecraft with real-life experiences—for example, before learning to build a virtual flying machine, learn to construct paper airplanes first.
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