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May 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Project Books for Youth
This year’s top 10 is once again expanded beyond crafts to include a broader range of projects or activities of interest to young people. The titles listed below were reviewed in Booklist between May 15, 2017, and May 1, 2018.
Building Squishy Circuits. By AnnMarie Thomas and others. 2017. Cherry Lake, $12.79 (9781634727235). Gr. 2–4.
Part of the Makers as Innovators Junior series, this entry shows kids how to use dough, wires, batteries, and small LED bulbs to create basic circuits. A welcome addition to STEM collections.
Coding with LEGO WeDo. By Amy Quinn. 2017. Cherry Lake, $12.79 (9781364727273). Gr. 2–4.
A robot that moves and make sounds? Directions can be found in this book, which combines two popular constructs, coding and LEGOs. This is another entry in the Makers as Innovators Junior series, and notable for its clear instructions.
Curious Jane: Science + Design + Engineering for Inquisitive Girls. Illus. by Elissa Josse. 2017. Sterling, $16.95 (9781454922353). Gr. 3–6.
On eye-catching pages full of vibrant colors, doodles, and photos, this collection of activities from Curious Jane magazine encompasses everything from science experiments to fabric-arts projects. Despite the title, this is for any crafty kid.
Fine Art Adventures: 36 Creative, Hands-On Projects Inspired by Classic Masterpieces. By Maja Pitamic and Jill A. Laidlaw. 2017. Chicago Review, $19.99 (9780912777047). Gr. 5–8.
This attractive book introduces a range of artworks, artists, styles, and projects that span from simple to intricate. Among the inspirations are landscapes, portraits, and myths and legends.
Out of the Box. By Jemma Westing. Illus. by Edward Byrne. 2017. DK, $19.99 (9781465458964). Gr. 3–6.
The 25 colorfully decorated STEAM projects here go from easy (tube owls, funky flowers) to more involved (lion mask, pirate ship). Clear instructions and the inclusion of templates add to the book’s ease of use.
PhilanthroParties! A Party-Planning Guide for Kids Who Want to Give Back. By Lulu Cerone. 2017. Aladdin/Beyond Words, $17.99 (9781582705873). Gr. 5–8.
Cerone, an activist since she was 10, provides a book that brims with ideas for hosting parties for a good cause, roping in recipes, crafts, and activities. She also advises budding social activists on ways to make a difference.
The Quilts of Gee’s Bend. By Susan Goldman Rubin. 2017. Abrams, $21.95 (9781419721411). Gr. 5–8.
This handsome volume celebrates the needlework traditions of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, where the small African American community members capture history and beauty in their quilts. A simple pattern is in the back matter.
Super Simple Grassland Projects: Fun and Easy Animal Environment Activities. By Carolyn Bernhardt. 2017. ABDO/Super Sandcastle, $18.95 (9781680784411). K–Gr. 3.
The activities in this entry in the Awesome Super Simple Habitats Projects series are appropriate as rainy-day crafts or activities in a science or geography classroom. A celebration of grassland biodiversity.
Think and Make like an Artist. By Claudia Boldt and Eleanor Meredith. 2017. Thames & Hudson, $19.95 (9780500650981). Gr. 3–7.
Aspiring young artists looking for creative inspiration will find it in these lively art projects. Arranged by technique, this showcases contemporary artists whose kid-friendly work exemplifies each chapter’s project.
Ultimate Slime. By Alyssa Jagan. 2018. Quarto/Quarry, $15.99 (9781631594250). Gr. 3–7.
This book will be a hit with newbies or those experienced with the popular gooey substance. Besides the basic slime recipe, this offers 100 variations on slimy projects.
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