Maker Books for Kids: Part 1 (Picture Books)

On Twitter recently, Brian Puerling (@bpuerling) was trying to find a list of Maker books for kids. Several of us couldn’t think of one!  I have used or recommended several books that inspire, teach or reflect young crafters, builders, designers, and creators so I decided to make, or at least start, a list. I’m going to post the list in parts. Here are maker-oriented picture books I know and like. Find these at a library near you!

What would you add?Treasure Art Box

Anything is Possible by Giulia Belloni (Owlkids, 2013)

Awesome Dawson by Chris Gall (Little, Brown and Company, 2013)

Betsy Ross by Becky White (Holiday House, 2011)

Building Our House by Jonathan Bean (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2013)

Coppernickel, The Invention by Wouter van Reek (Enchanted Lion Books, 2008) found on: What We Do All Day

Crafty Chloe by Kelly DiPucchio (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2012)

Dress-up Mess-up by Kelly DiPucchio (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013)

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett (Balzer & Bray, 2012)

Funny Machines for George the Sheep: A Children’s Book Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci by Geraldine Elschner (Prestel, 2014)

Fraidyzoo by Thyra Heder (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2013)

Going Places by Paul A. Reynolds (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2014)

How to Bicycle to the Moon to Plant Sunflowers : a Simple but Brilliant Plan in 24 Easy Steps by Mordicai Gerstein (Roaring Brook Press, 2013)

Iggy Peck Architect by Andrea Beaty (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2007)

Ish by Peter Reynolds (Candlewick Press, 2004)

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback (Viking, 1999)

Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story by Will Hillenbrand (Holiday House, 2012)

Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light (Balzer + Bray, 2014)

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires (Kids Can Press, 2014)

The Nowhere Box by Sam Zuppardi (Candlewick, 2013)

Oh no!, or, How my Science Project Destroyed the World by Mac Barnett (Disney-Hyperion, 2010)

Oops! by Barney Saltzberg (Workman Publishing, 2010)

Papa’s Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming (Margaret Ferguson Books, Farrar Straus Giroux, 2013)

Rattletrap Car by Phyllis Root (Candlewick Press, 2001)

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2013)

The Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2012)

The Red Hen by Rebecca Emberley (Roaring Brook Press, 2010)

The Scraps Book: Notes From a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert (Beach Lane Books, 2014)

The 39 Apartments of Ludwig Van Beethoven by Jonah Winter (Schwartz & Wade, 2006)

Three Little Pigs by various

Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton (Random House, 2016)

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