Books to Inspire Kid Creativity All Summer Long

Julia Garstecki

Teaches readers how to make their very own water balloon launchers through simple supply lists and clear, step-by-step instructions and images

Butler, Megan Hewes

This go-to activity book for kids ages 4-8 includes 265 pages of games, crafts, recipes, experiments, projects, jokes, songs, guides, skills, tricks, hacks, challenges, and everything else in the canon of kid.

Blum, Nicole

In today’s thriving maker culture, kids are hungry for hands-on guidance in creating stylish wearables and practical objects, or hacking and customizing existing ones. Authors Nicole Blum and Catherine Newman get them started with complete instructions for mastering six favorite fiber crafts. Step-by-step photos teach kids ages 9–14 the basics of how to sew, knit, crochet, felt, embroider, and weave, plus how to make three projects for each craft. From woven patches and a knitted backpack to embroidered merit badges and a crocheted bracelet, the fresh, kid-approved projects encourage creative variations and build confidence along with valuable life skills.

Meiselas, Susan

Twenty-three enticing projects help inspire a process of discovery and new ways of telling stories and animating ideas. Eyes Open features photographs by young people from around the globe, as well as work by professional artists that demonstrates how a simple idea can be expanded. Playful and meaningful, this book is for young would-be photographers and those interested in expressing themselves creatively.

Drew, Helen

Experience the joy and the endless benefits of hands-on crafting with kids! With this interactive project book, you can help young children learn and practice the alphabet while having fun making cute paper crafts! 3D Paper Crafts for Kids is an exciting and easy project guide that carefully illustrates how to create 26 charming projects with fun 3D elements using paper, string, and other household items. With projects organized in alphabetical order, kids will have loads of fun creating these giraffes, owls, queens, flowers, apples, zebras, elephants, and so much more!

Felix, Rebecca

This how-to book provides readers with information they need to get started on a career in woodworking. Included are the history and cultural significance of woodworking, woodworking tools and techniques, woodworking career paths, and highlights of successful woodworkers. Step-by-step projects help readers practice woodworking skills, and idea spreads inspire ways to apply what they've learned. Aligned to Common Core standards and correlated to state standards. Abdo & Daughters is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.

Florance, Cara

Have you ever wished you could cast a real spell with the wave of a magic wand? Have you ever wanted to mix a real color-changing potion? Now kids can perform magical feats with a few simple ingredients and a little help from science. Written by biochemist Cara Florance, Science Spells is the perfect way to engage kids while teaching them about science. Each experiment includes simple instructions, diagrams to follow along with, and an explanation of the science behind each magical experiment. Experiments include: Elixir of Enlightenment: Brew a stunning color-changing tea Sanguine Energy: Use electricity to draw a picture Fluorescent Feast: Create a meal that glows under a black light Magic Wand: Build your very own wand that lights up when you grasp it And more!

Gibson, Roberta

Visit a whimsical workshop and follow along as we learn How To Build an Insect! Conversational text and playful illustrations introduce readers to insect body parts in this charming picture book.

Pinkney, Jerry

Jerry Pinkney, Caldecott Medal winner and illustrator of over one hundred books, tells the story of his childhood and how he developed his artistic talent.

Rodgers, Jesi

Adorable Art Class is your step-by-step guide to creating super-cute illustrations of everyday objects using a range of techniques and mediums, from pencil sketching to marker coloring.

Sanderson, Jennifer

Step-by-step instructions inform how to fold various paper airplanes. The text level and subject matter are intended for students in grades 3 through 8.

Troupe, Thomas Kingsley

Do you love stop-motion animation? Try shooting a stop-motion video yourself! Learn how to plan, cast, shoot, and edit an stop-motion video. It's time to put your creativity to the test. And action!

Webster, Belinda

Budding artists learn how to fold paper origami into many amazing animal shapes. What these projects all have in common is that they all have wings. Birds, bugs, butterflies, and bumblebees flutter with life through step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow. Readers will be folding their own three-dimensional flying creatures in no time.

Tyler, Chloe

Chloe Tyler explores the art styles of master artists from da Vinci to Basquiat in this tasty book for art lovers of all ages. Each pink frosted donut was created to show the techniques used by the artist and explore how artists have influenced each other over time. Every donut is paired with information about the artist, their art style, and what makes them unique. Cultured Donuts includes tips on how to try recreating the art styles of each artist and a glossary with defined terms. This book is a reflection of the wide range of art techniques and styles Chloe has explored over the years, including acrylic and oil painting, charcoal drawing, mixed media, realism, abstract realism, portraiture, figure drawing, mural painting, character illustration, pattern making, printmaking, graphic design, animation, band art, event posters, and creative branding.

Wolf, Bree

Siblings Shen, Shondra, and Shontoya arrive at Ludum Omega Summer Camp with a passion for games, and Professor Zephyr is excited to teach this year's students all about the art and science of game design! What makes a game fun? What kinds of games are out there? How can designers turn an okay game into a great one?

Wood, Alix

For young artists who don't mind getting a little messy, charcoal can be a thrilling new art form to master. This engaging guide is the perfect tool for young artists who want to learn this expressive black-and-white medium. Creative projects help young artists master the fundamentals of working with charcoals as they make their own incredible works of art. Step-by-step instructions with full-color photographs make each project accessible. With a gorgeous design and simple instructions, young artists will flock to this informative volume.

Woollard, Rebecca

This cookbook helps children learn about making food by themselves--a skill that will last them a lifetime. The recipes in this no-cook cookbook will help children to gain independence in the kitchen and understand how to make healthy, yet very tasty meals with simple ingredients and no heat. The No-Cook Cookbook is a photographic cookbook with recipes that kids can make all by themselves. No cooking means that kids can use this recipe book to learn the basic skills needed to be successful in the kitchen by themselves. This book teaches children how to use tools such as a grater, peeler, and zester safely, and will explain kitchen safety rules. Kids will also find out how to grow their own herbs and vegetables at home, and then use these to prepare delicious meals. Helping young food lovers turn into budding chefs!

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