Monday, January 20, 2014

Nonfiction books for kids who like to create

Some nonfiction books teach, some inspire, some explain. The best, of course - do it all.  
And sometimes, nonfiction books are just for fun, like these two new titles for kids who like to create things with their hands. 
  • Kenney, Sean. 2013. Cool Creations in 35 Pieces. New York: Henry Holt.

Using the same 35 pieces (in varying color schemes), Sean Kenney creates robots, more robots, transforming robots, rain forest creatures, vehicles, and more.  Fourteen "chapters" feature photographs of the completed project on a white background with comic graphics to indicate motion or location.  Adjacent to the photographs are simple wordless instructions to create each character, vehicle or object. I counted more than eighty projects to make.  Simple, fun, and perfect for doing with friends or family!

Visit the publisher's site to view interior pages of Cool Creations in 35 Pieces.

  • DK Publishing. 2013. Make your own Gifts. New York: DK. 
Containing five chapters, Paper Craft Projects; Stitched and Beaded Goodies; Molded and Sculpted Treasures; Make, Bake, and Create Treats; and Beautifully Wrapped Projects, there should be something here for everyone.  Step-by-step illustrations are photographed, numbered and captioned.  A "You will need," graphic is included for each project. Gift giving or usage tips are included too. From the "beaded lizard" page,
These cute lizards make perfect gifts for everyone, including dads, uncles, and brothers.  They can be used as key rings, or hung from belts, backpacks, or even on curtains! 
Cards, cookies, candle jars, banks, and decorations ... there's a little bit of everything here.  These crafts are not for the very young, and some may require a little adult assistance.  Yes, instructions for these or similar gifts can likely be found on Pinterest or other sites, but Make your own Gifts is attractive, lays flat, and is readily available when the cable or wi-fi goes out.

Visit the publisher's site to view interior pages of Make Your Own Gifts.

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  1. These look like great books. I love the concept behind Cool Creations. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wait! All we need are 35 pieces? Oh, my kids are NOT going to like hearing that.... But what a cool concept - how many things can you do with a limited number of legos or blocks or jar lids....

    1. Yes, but if you want all of the characters at the same time, you’ll need more than 35! Good news for your kids. :)

  3. Thanks for posting these. My grandkids are so creative. It's always nice to find new books for them.


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