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.

  • Cool Creations in 35 Pieces by Sean Kenney. (Henry Holt, 2013)9780805096927

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.

 …  I counted more than eighty projects to make.  Simple, fun, and perfect for doing with friends or family!

  • Make your own Gifts.  (DK Publishing, 2013)

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.

   Yes, these gifts or similar ones 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!

Read the complete reviews for these books at Shelf-employed.