children's literature: makerspaces

Elementary Titles

Grade Level: 1-2
Title: "What Do You Do With an Idea?"
ISBN: 1938298071
 
"This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child's confidence grows, so does the idea itself. And then, one day, something amazing happens. This is a story for anyone, at any age, who's ever had an idea that seemed a little too big, too odd, too difficult. It's a story to inspire you to welcome that idea, to give it some space to grow, and to see what happens next. Because your idea isn't going anywhere. In fact, it's just getting started." -Amazon
Grade Level: Pre-School -2
Title: "The Most Magnificent Thing"
ISBN: 1554537045
"Award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Spires has created a charming picture book about an unnamed girl and her very best friend, who happens to be a dog. The girl has a wonderful idea. "She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. Easy-peasy!" But making her magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl tries and fails, repeatedly. Eventually, the girl gets really, really mad. She is so mad, in fact, that she quits. But after her dog convinces her to take a walk, she comes back to her project with renewed enthusiasm and manages to get it just right. For the early grades' exploration of character education, this funny book offers a perfect example of the rewards of perseverance and creativity." -Amazon 
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
Title: "Rosie Revere, Engineer"
ISBN: 1419708457
"Rosie Revere dreamed of becoming a great engineer. Where some people see rubbish, Rosie sees inspiration. Alone in her room at night, shy Rosie constructs great inventions from odds and ends. Hot dog dispensers, helium pants, python-repelling cheese hats: Rosie’s gizmos would astound—if she ever let anyone see them.
Afraid of failure, she hides them away under her bed. Until a fateful visit from her great-great-aunt Rose (AKA Rosie the Riveter!), who shows her that the first flop isn’t something to fear—it’s something to celebrate. And you can only truly fail, if you quit." - Amazon
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
Title: "Ada Twist, Scientist"
ISBN: 1419721372
 
"Inspired by real-life makers Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, this beloved #1 bestseller champions STEM, girl power and women scientists in a rollicking celebration of curiosity, the power perseverance, and the importance of asking “Why?”  

Ada has always been endlessly curious. Even when her fact-finding missions and elaborate scientific experiments don’t go as planned, Ada learns the value of thinking her way through problems and continuing to stay curious." -Amazon
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
Title: "Iggy Peck, Architect"
ISBN: 081091106X
 
" This beloved New York Times bestselling picture book is a fun-filled, inspiring story about the power of teamwork and the importance of celebrating individual gifts and self-expression.  

Some kids sculpt sand castles. Some make mud pies. Some construct great block towers. But none are better at building than Iggy Peck, who once erected a life-size replica of the Great Sphinx on his front lawn! It’s too bad that few people appreciate Iggy’s talent—certainly not his second-grade teacher, Miss Lila Greer. It looks as if Iggy will have to trade in his T square for a box of crayons . . . until a fateful field trip proves just how useful a mast builder can be." -Amazon
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
Title: "Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids"
ISBN: 1641526211
"In laboratories, at school, and even in your house―science happens everywhere. Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids brings the excitement of scientific investigation to your kitchen with a heaping helping of experiments that you can really sink your teeth into!
From flaming cheese puffs to solar-powered s’mores, discover tons of deliciously fun ways to explore science―plus technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Each of these science experiments for kids comes with easy-to-follow instructions, as well as difficulty and mess ratings so you know how much adult help you‘ll need. You’ll even find out what meal each experiment is best for!" -Amazon

 
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
Title: "Have You Thanked an Inventor Today"
ISBN: 0997315202
"Have You Thanked an Inventor Today? is a journey into the often forgotten contributions of African-American inventors, that contributed to the American landscape. It chronicles the school day of a little boy, highlighting different inventions that he uses throughout the day, all of which were invented by African-Americans.  The book comes complete with brief biographies about each inventor as well as fun activities to promote and encourage reading comprehension.  "Have You Thanked an Inventor Today?" was selected by Microsoft as a book that inspires STEM and also received a 5 Star Rating from Reader's Favorite!" -Amazon
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
Title: "Magnus O'Meere, Mind Pioneer"
ISBN:1999088115
 
 "Magnus O’Meere is always off in another dimension, building epic ideas with his full-blown attention. But when Magnus’ inventive passion becomes disruptive and distracting at school, he lands himself in the principal’s office. As Magnus begins to question the things he has created, a stroke of fate delivers an eye-opening message that leads him to discover just how powerful his mind really is. Follow Magnus on an incredible learning adventure that highlights some of the most magnificent Mind Pioneers of our time, including da Vinci, Mozart, Ada Lovelace, Tesla, Einstein, and many more. Full of imaginative inventing, self-reflection, and empowering messages, Magnus O’Meere, Mind Pioneer will spark imagination and inspiration, while encouraging children to think outside the box, follow their inner compass, and always look for opportunities to grow." -Amazon
Grade Level: Preschool - 1
Title: "What to Do With a Box"
ISBN: 1568463200
"If you give a child a box, who can tell what will happen next? It may become a library or a boat. It could set the scene for a fairy tale or a wild expedition. The most wonderful thing is its seemingly endless capacity for magical adventure, a feature imaginatively captured in cardboardesque art by Chris Sheban and rhythmically celebrated in this poetic tribute by renowned children's author Jane Yolen." -Amazon
Grade Level: Preschool - 3
Title: "Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding"
ISBN: 1250065003
"Hello Ruby is half picture book and half activity book rolled into one adorable package. It introduces programming without requiring a computer at all. The point of the book isn’t to teach you a programming language, but programming concepts." --GeekMom.com
"Meet Ruby―a small girl with a huge imagination, and the determination to solve any puzzle. As Ruby stomps around her world making new friends, including the Wise Snow Leopard, the Friendly Foxes, and the Messy Robots, kids will be introduced to the fundamentals of computational thinking, like how to break big problems into small ones, create step-by-step plans, look for patterns and think outside the box through storytelling. Then, these basic concepts at the core of coding and programming will be reinforced through fun playful exercises and activities that encourage exploration and creativity.
In Ruby's world anything is possible if you put your mind to it." -Amazon
Grade Level: 1 -2 
Title: "Hello Ruby: Journey Inside a Computer"
ISBN: 1250065321
"What exactly is a computer? How does it work? What is it made of? Learn all this and more with Ruby!
In Ruby's world anything is possible if you put your mind to it―even fixing her father's broken computer! Join Ruby and her new friend, Mouse, on an imaginative journey through the insides of a computer in search of the missing Cursor.
From bits and logic gates to computer hardware, in Journey Inside the Computer, Ruby (and her readers!) will learn the basic elements of the machines that power our world. Then future kid coders can put their knowledge and imaginations to work with fun activities." -Amazon
Grade Level: Preschool - 3
Title: "Hello Ruby: Expedition to the Internet"
ISBN: 1250195993
"What exactly is the Internet? Is it a cloud? A network of wires? How does the information travel online? Learn all this and more with Ruby!
In Ruby’s world anything is possible if you put your mind to it―even building the Internet out of snow! But before you can build something, you need to understand what it is and how it works. Join Ruby and her friends in their quest to build the most amazing Snow Internet ever, while learning real life facts along the way. Then, future kid coders can put their knowledge and imaginations to the test with the fun and creative exercises included in the activity book section." -Amazon
Grade Level: Preschool - 2
Title: "Franky"
ISBN: 1927271932
"Sam loves robots. He is certain they live in outer space among the stars. His family laughs at him, and no one seems to understand. No one except for Franky, that is.

A story of a friendship between a boy and his robot, Franky is a treat for robot lovers about opening your eyes to the unbelievable." -Amazon
Grade Level: Kindergarten -12
Title: "The Dot"
ISBN: 0763619612
 
" With a simple, witty story and free-spirited illustrations, Peter H. Reynolds entices even the stubbornly uncreative among us to make a mark — and follow where it takes us.

Her teacher smiled. "Just make a mark and see where it takes you."

Art class is over, but Vashti is sitting glued to her chair in front of a blank piece of paper. The words of her teacher are a gentle invitation to express herself. But Vashti can’t draw - she’s no artist. To prove her point, Vashti jabs at a blank sheet of paper to make an unremarkable and angry mark. "There!" she says.

That one little dot marks the beginning of Vashti’s journey of surprise and self-discovery. That special moment is the core of Peter H. Reynolds’s delicate fable about the creative spirit in all of us." - Amazon
Grade Level: Preschool - 2
Title: "Young Frank, Architect"
ISBN: 0870708937
"Young Frank is an architect. He lives with his grandfather, Old Frank, who is also an architect and his spotted dog, Eddie. Using anything he can get his hands on; macaroni, pillows, toilet paper, shoes, Young Frank likes to build buildings that twist, chairs with zig zag legs and even entire cities. But Old Frank disapproves, saying architects only build buildings." -Amazon
Grade Level: Preschool - 3
Title: "Awesome Dawson"
ISBN: 0316213306
"EVERYTHING CAN BE USED AGAIN! That's Dawson's motto. He collects junk that people throw away and turns it into something STUPENDOUS. But when Dawson uses his skills to create a machine to do his chores for him, he discovers he might have invented something a little too... AWESOME. Can he stop the rampaging robot before it destroys the entire town?
 
Chris Gall inspires kids to reuse, repurpose, and recycle in this inventive adventure about a boy superhero who turns trash into treasures--and saves the world while he's at it!" - Amazon
Grade Level: 2 and up
Title: "Marvelous Mattie"
ISBN: 0374348103 
"With her sketchbook labeled My Inventions and her father's toolbox, Mattie could make almost anything – toys, sleds, and a foot warmer. When she was just twelve years old, Mattie designed a metal guard to prevent shuttles from shooting off textile looms and injuring workers. As an adult, Mattie invented the machine that makes the square-bottom paper bags we still use today. However, in court, a man claimed the invention was his, stating that she "could not possibly understand the mechanical complexities." Marvelous Mattie proved him wrong, and over the course of her life earned the title of 'the Lady Edison.'" - Amazon
Grade Level: 3 - 6
Title: "Now Make This"
ISBN: 0714875309
"24 of the world's leading designers contribute one object each for kids to make themselves
For the young makers in the family, this beautifully designed handbook offers 24 unique and practical objects for kids to make and use. Each project features fully-illustrated step-by-step instructions, a photographic list of materials, the approximate cost, timing, and a photograph of the finished product. The 24 contributors range from lauded graphic designers to successful industrial designers, all of whom considered this young audience in the creation of their projects. This unusual and engaging book of activities grants children access to world-class design in their very own homes, and may even inspire a few to become designers themselves!"-Amazon
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
Title: "The Broken Bee's Nest"
ISBN: 1635921139
"Arun and Keya find the perfect tree for a tree house. Too bad it comes with a battered bees' nest! These bees need a new home―right away! Tying into the popular Makers Movement, Makers Make It Work is a series of fun easy-to-read stories that focus on problem-solving and hands-on action. This charming story explores the Makers theme of Beekeeping and includes explanatory sidebars and an insect-related activity for young makers to try themselves!" - Amazon
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
Title: "Guitar Genius"
ISBN: 145215919X
"A beautifully-illustrated true story of rock and roll legend Les Paul: This is the story of how Les Paul created the world's first solid-body electric guitar, countless other inventions that changed modern music, and one truly epic career in rock and roll. How to make a microphone? A broomstick, a cinderblock, a telephone, a radio. How to make an electric guitar? A record player's arm, a speaker, some tape. How to make a legendary inventor? A few tools, a lot of curiosity, and an endless faith in what is possible, this unforgettable biography will resonate with inventive readers young and old." - Amazon
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
Title: "One Plastic Bag"
ISBN: 9781467716086
"The inspiring true story of how one African woman began a movement to recycle the plastic bags that were polluting her community.
Plastic bags are cheap and easy to use. But what happens when a bag breaks or is no longer needed? In Njau, Gambia, people simply dropped the bags and went on their way. One plastic bag became two. Then ten. Then a hundred.
The bags accumulated in ugly heaps alongside roads. Water pooled in them, bringing mosquitoes and disease. Some bags were burned, leaving behind a terrible smell. Some were buried, but they strangled gardens. They killed livestock that tried to eat them. Something had to change.
Isatou Ceesay was that change. She found a way to recycle the bags and transform her community. This inspirational true story shows how one person's actions really can make a difference in our world." - Amazon
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
Title: "I Have an Idea!"
ISBN:  1452178585
"Join the magical hunt for one little idea: From one of the true creative geniuses of this generation comes a unique meditation on and celebration of the magic of the birth of a simple idea. Sparkling with visual wit and bubbling with imagination, I Have an Idea! is a richly emotional exploration of the creative process: from an initial tentative inkling, to the frustration of chasing the wrong notion, to finally the exhilaration of capturing—and nurturing—just the right idea. I Have an Idea! is a scrumptious cloth-spined package of color and inspiration equally at home on a child's bookshelf, in a new graduate's backpack, or atop a creative's desk." - Amazon
Grade Level: 4 - 6
Title: "Woodworking for Young Makers"
ISBN:  9781680452815
"Learning to be a maker has never been more fun. Full-color cartoons and drawings lead you through the steps needed for making a wizard wand, a sanding block, a charging station for your phone or tablet, and a sturdy box with a hidden compartment. You'll learn how to choose and use the right tools, measure and cut properly, sand, glue, and finish your woodworking projects to make them look great.

This is the perfect guide for young people who want to do woodworking at home, at school, or at a local makerspace. It teaches fundamental skills and unlocks creativity. No prior experience or knowledge of tools is required. Everything you need to know is explained in the text and cartoons." - Amazon
Grade Level: 1 - 3
Title: "Izzy Gizmo"
ISBN:  1682630218
"A feisty tale of determination, ingenuity, and friendship, Pip Jones’ U.S. debut is sure to capture the imaginations of aspiring young inventors.
Izzy Gizmo’s inventions are marvelous, magnificent . . . and often malfunction. But when she finds a crow with a broken wing, she has to help! Izzy tries again and again to build a new pair of wings, but nothing is working. Can Izzy overcome her failures? Or is her friend destined to live as a crow who can’t fly?
From author Pip Jones, this inspiring story of perseverance in the face of failure showcases a sweet friendship illustrated with bright, zany art of from the acclaimed Sara Ogilvie." - Amazon
Grade Level: Preschool - 3
Title: "The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale"
ISBN:  0810989417
"In this quirky, artsy retelling of “The Three Little Pigs,” the pigs and their homes are nods to three famous architects―Frank Gehry, Phillip Johnson, and Frank Lloyd Wright―and their signature homes. Each house is filled with clever details, including furnishings by the architects and their contemporaries. Of course, not all the houses are going to protect the pigs from the wolf’s huffing and puffing. Which one will? The wolf, and readers, are in for a clever surprise ending." - Amazon
Secondary Titles
Grade Level: 7 -9
Title: "The Way Things Work Now"
ISBN:  0544824385
"Explainer-in-Chief David Macaulay updates the worldwide bestseller The New Way Things Work to capture the latest developments in the technology that most impacts our lives. Famously packed with information on the inner workings of everything from windmills to Wi-Fi, this extraordinary and humorous book both guides readers through the fundamental principles of machines, and shows how the developments of the past are building the world of tomorrow. This sweepingly revised edition embraces all of the latest developments, from touchscreens to 3D printer. Each scientific principle is brilliantly explained--with the help of a charming, if rather slow-witted, woolly mammoth.
 
An illustrated survey of significant inventions closes the book, along with a glossary of technical terms, and an index. What possible link could there be between zippers and plows, dentist drills and windmills? Parking meters and meat grinders, jumbo jets and jackhammers, remote control and rockets, electric guitars and egg beaters? Macaulay explains them all." - Amazon
 
 
 
Grade Level:  5 - 8
Title: "Creative Coding in Python"
ISBN: 1631595814
 
"Creative Coding in Python presents over 30 creative projects that teach kids how to code in the easy and intuitive programming language, Python.

Creative Coding in Python teaches the fundamentals of computer programming and demonstrates how to code 30+ fun, creative projects using Python, a free, intuitive, open-source programming language that's one of the top five most popular worldwide and one of the most popular Google search terms in the U.S.

Computer science educator Sheena Vaidyanathan helps kids understand the fundamental ideas of computer programming and the process of computational thinking using illustrations, flowcharts, and pseudocode, then shows how to apply those essentials to code exciting projects in Python:
  • Chatbots: Discover variables, strings, integers, and more to design conversational programs.
  • Geometric art: Use turtle graphics to create original masterpieces.
  • Interactive fiction: Explore booleans and conditionals to invent "create your own adventure" games.
  • Dice games: Reuse code to devise games of chance.
  • Arcade games and apps: Understand GUI (graphical user interfaces) and create your own arcade games and apps.
  • What's next? Look at exciting ways to use your powerful new skills and expand your knowledge of coding in Python." - Amazon
Grade Level:  4 - 8
Title: "Star Wars: Maker Lab"
ISBN: 1465467122
"Ever wanted to move things without touching them like a Jedi can? Or grow your own kyber crystal? Or maybe explode a balloon with a beam of energy, just like the Death Star? Now you can!
With 20 amazing projects, Star Wars™ Maker Lab teaches your budding Padawan how to become a Master of science, in both the real world and the Star Wars galaxy. Using clear step-by-step instructions, the book guides home scientists and makers through each exciting experiment–from making Jabba's gooey slime or a hovering landspeeder, to an Ewok catapult and a glowing Gungan Globe of Peace. Each experiment has fact-filled panels to explain the real-world science as well as the Star Wars science fiction from the movies.
With projects that are out of this world, this fantastic Star Wars book can keep children entertained for hours, making use of many household items such as cardboard tubes, baking soda, cornstarch, straws, balloons, and food coloring. There is also plenty to keep more adventurous scientists enthralled, with instructions to make your own bristlebot mouse droid, lightsaber duel, and Mustafar volcano. Star Wars Maker Lab supports STREAM topics and helps children to learn the basics of science by traveling through the Star Wars galaxy. May the (static) Force be with you!" - Amazon
Grade Level:  3 - 7
Title: "Craft Lab for Kids: 52 DIY Progects"
ISBN: 1631598619
"Enjoy the pleasure and satisfaction of making things together with Craft Lab for Kids!

The popular Lab for Kids series features a growing list of books that share hands-on activities and projects on a wide host of topics, including art, astronomy, clay, geology, math, and even how to create your own circus—all authored by established experts in their fields. Each lab contains a complete materials list, clear step-by-step photographs of the process, as well as finished samples. The labs can be used as singular projects or as part of a yearlong curriculum of experiential learning. The activities are open-ended, designed to be explored over and over, often with different results. Geared toward being taught or guided by adults, they are enriching for a range of ages and skill levels. Gain firsthand knowledge on your favorite topic with Lab for Kids." - Amazon
Grade Level:  6 and up
Title: "The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter"
ISBN: 1440595046
"Charming crafts even Muggles can make!

You won't need alchemy or a magic wand to make these magical projects inspired by the world of Harry Potter. With a little Hogwarts creativity and the step-by-step guidance of this spellbinding book, you'll be able to transfigurate simple supplies and things around the house into everything from Remembrall Rings to Butterbeer Lip Balm to Nargles for your front lawn.

You'll be as busy as Mrs. Weasley knitting her Christmas sweaters as you dive into dozens of Potterific projects. Relive the excitement of Harry's adventures with these genius crafts. Drop some homemade Pgymy Puff Bath Fizzies into the tub and pretend you're Moaning Myrtle. Keep memories of the Quidditch pitch close with your very own Golden Snitch Necklace. Or show off the Sorting Hat's selection with a House Colors Tie-Dye Shirt.

Accio, crafting supplies--it's time for some wonderful wizardly fun!" - Amazon
Grade Level:  5 and up
Title: "Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World"
ISBN: 1607749769
"It’s a scientific fact: Women rock!
 
A charmingly illustrated and educational book, New York Times best seller Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world. Full of striking, singular art, this fascinating collection also contains infographics about relevant topics such as lab equipment, rates of women currently working in STEM fields, and an illustrated scientific glossary. The trailblazing women profiled include well-known figures like primatologist Jane Goodall, as well as lesser-known pioneers such as Katherine Johnson, the African-American physicist and mathematician who calculated the trajectory of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the moon.
 
Women in Science celebrates the achievements of the intrepid women who have paved the way for the next generation of female engineers, biologists, mathematicians, doctors, astronauts, physicists, and more! " - Amazon
Grade Level:  7 and up
Title: "Getting Started with 3D Printing"
ISBN:1680450204
 
" Make: Getting Started with 3D Printing is a practical, informative, and inspiring book that guides readers step-by-step through understanding how this new technology will empower them to take full advantage of all it has to offer. The book includes fundamental topics such as a short history of 3D printing, the best hardware and software choices for consumers, hands-on tutorial exercises the reader can practice for free at home, and how to apply 3D printing in the readers' life and profession. For every maker or would-be maker who is interested, or is confused, or who wants to get started in 3D printing today, this book offers methodical information that can be read, digested, and put into practice immediately!" - Amazon
Grade Level:  5 - 8
Title: "Leonardo's Art Workshop: Invent, Create, and Make STEAM Projects like a Genius"
ISBN:1631595229
 
"Leonardo’s Art Workshop leads children on an interactive adventure through key art concepts by following the multidisciplinary approach of the Renaissance period polymath Leonardo da Vinci: experimenting, creating projects, and exploring how art intersects with science and nature. Photos of Leonardo’s own notebooks, paintings, and drawings provide visual inspiration.
 
More than 500 years ago, Leonardo knew that the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) are all connected. The insatiably curious Leonardo examined not just the outer appearance of his art subjects, but the science that explained them. He began his studies as a painter, but his curiosity, diligence, and genius made him also a master sculptor, architect, designer, scientist, engineer, and inventor. The Leonardo’s Workshop series shares this spirit of multidisciplinary inquiry with children through accessible, engaging explanations and hands-on learning." - Amazon
Grade Level:  7 - 12
Title: "The Popular Science Hacker's Manual"
ISBN: 1502644681
"Have you ever wanted to improvise a planetarium in your own home, boost a wi-fi signal, or turn a bike into a unicycle? The innovative projects in this guide include home improvements, gadget upgrades, and tweaks for fitness and sports. Readers will learn how to use basic woodworking tools, laser cutters, programming, and more to help build these hacks. Ranging from five-minute fixes to challenging, multiday projects, this manual ranks each project in terms of time, cost, and difficulty, while also emphasizing safety protocols for the most complex hacks."
- Amazon
Grade Level:  7 - 9
Title: "The Popular Science Inventor's Manual"
ISBN: 150264469X 
"Not everyone can become a technological genius who starts a multimillion-dollar company, but everyone can learn to tinker, to use tools, scavenge parts, fix broken items, and maybe even design their own invention. Readers will discover how to transition from brainstorming to testing to a product that's ready to market and sell. Sidebars on the visionaries who invented the digital camera, the Roomba, and more will inspire readers to pursue their own creative dreams." - Amazon
Grade Level:  6 and up
Title: "Amazing Origami Boxes"
ISBN:  048682246X
"Simple but unique, an origami box represents the thoughts and feelings of its maker. Between the pleasure of paperfolding and the satisfaction of having a handmade item to use (or give!), the box forms a positive association for the maker(and between the giver and recipient). In this guide, origami master Tomoko Fuse presents 20 original designs for origami boxes — some simple, others more complex, all made from a single sheet of paper.
Beautiful, full-color photographs accompany step-by-step instructions and diagrams for a splendid variety of completely functional boxes. They range from conventional square and rectangular shapes to those in the form of a bird, a basket, a cat's head, a flower, and other shapes. By varying the type of paper and color combinations, folders can create an endless variety of effects. Suitable for origami enthusiasts of all skill levels, this guide promises hours of creative joy." 
- Amazon
Grade Level:  7 and up
Title: "Brick Pets: 30 Builds: An unofficial guide to making cute critters from classic LEGO" 
ISBN: 1438011962

"Discover 30 original, ingenious, and unique buildable projects. Free your inner creative genius with these fantastic brick builds that includes a wide range of cute, life-like designs such as a tabby cat, Dachshund, tortoise, frog, goldfish, hamster, and more. Anyone with a drawer full of LEGO bricks will be able to build and customize amazing models with help from this inspiring guide. Based on the brick selection found in some of LEGO's Classic series, each project is a great way to test out unusual building techniques or to mix up pieces from existing kits that have already been broken up. Follow the instructions or go off in your own direction--it's your choice! Many of the designs in these books use fewer than 100 bricks, so you don't need a lot of bricks to get started. With even more descriptions, pictures, and step-by-step instructions than ever before, LEGO fans will find new ways to hit the bricks!" - Amazon
Grade Level:  6 and up
Title: "The Craft-a-Day Book: 30 Projects to Make with Recycled Materials"
ISBN:  1512413135
"Reduce, reuse, and recycle with ideas from The Craft-a-Day Book.

You can put the three Rs to work with these thirty awesome crafts! Using recycled and reusable materials from around the house, school, or a thrift store, you'll find directions for making colorful lanterns from paper and jars, ruffle skirts from t-shirts, scarves and mitts from your favorite old sweaters and socks, and much more. Learn to make bobbles and pom-poms and other easy decorative embellishments. You'll also get a window into how one experienced crafter―Kari Cornell―finds inspiration for her projects. Colorful photographs and step-by-step instructions turn each inspiration into something you'll love wearing or using―and will lead you to new ideas of your own! Ready, set, let's get crafting!" 
- Amazon
Grade Level:  9 and up
Title: "The Green Screen Makerspace Project Book"
ISBN:  1260019950
"Take your video projects to the next level with the power of green screen!
This easy-to-follow guide clearly explains green screen technology and shows, step-by-step, how to dream up and create professional-grade video effects. Written by a teacher-maker-librarian, The Green Screen Makerspace Project Book features 25 low-cost DIY projects that include materials lists, start-to-finish instructions, and detailed photos. You will get coverage of software that readers at any skill level, in any makerspace―from a library to a living room―can use to produce videos with high-quality green screen effects.
•Learn about the history and evolution of green screen 
•Explore the underlying science and technology
•Build your own inexpensive―or free!―green screen
•Choose a suitable lighting kit or find the best natural light
•Put it all together and create visually interesting presentations
•Edit your videos using PC, Mac, and Chromebook programs" - Amazon
Grade Level:  7 and up
Title: "The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn"
ISBN:  9781259644252
"Start-to-finish, fun projects for makers of all types, ages, and skill levels!
This easy-to-follow guide features dozens of DIY, low-cost projects that will arm you with the skills necessary to dream up and build your own creations. The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn offers practical tips for beginners and open-ended challenges for advanced makers. Each project features non-technical, step-by-step instructions with photos and illustrations to ensure success and expand your imagination. You will learn recyclables hacks, smartphone tweaks, paper circuits, e-textiles, musical instruments, coding and programming, 3-D printing, and much, much more!
Discover how to create:
• Brushbot warriors, scribble machines, and balloon hovercrafts
• Smartphone illusions, holograms, and projections
• Paper circuits, origami, greeting cards, and pop-ups
• Dodgeball, mazes, and other interesting Scratch games
• Organs, guitars, and percussion instruments
• Sewed LED bracelets, art cuffs, and Arduino stuffie
• Makey Makey and littleBits gadgets
• Programs for plug-and-play and Bluetooth-enabled robots
• 3D design and printing projects and enhancements" - Amazon
Grade Level:  9 and up
Title: "Makerspace Sound and Music Projects for All Ages"
ISBN: 1260027074
"This easy-to-follow guide shows, step-by-step, how to work with sound generation, recording, editing, and distribution tools. Co-written by a professional audio engineer and a dedicated maker-librarian, Makerspace Sound and Music Projects for All Ages gets you started designing, programming, and assembling fun music and audio creations right away. The book features dozens of DIY projects complete with parts lists, start-to-finish instructions, and full-color illustrations that guarantee success. You will explore the latest inexpensive―or free!―audio software for Windows, Apple, iOS, and Android devices.
 
•Work with free and low-cost music apps and programs
•Build unique musical instruments from household items
•Choose a microphone that fits your needs and budget
•Learn about DAWs and audio recording and editing applications
•Start making sound with littleBits, Scratch, and MakeyMakey
•Create killer drum beats and melodic sequences using micro:Bit
•Record your music and use cutting-edge analog and digital effects
•Add sound to your robotics, e-textile, 3-D printing, and wearable gadgets
•Upload your audio creations to SoundCloud, YouTube, and iTunes{ - Amazon
Grade Level:  9 and up
Title: "The LEGO Book, New Edition: with exculsive LEGO brick"
ISBN: 1465467149
"Celebrate and explore the incredible story of the LEGO Group and its much-loved bricks, sets, minifigures, movies, games, and more with this updated and expanded edition.
 
Take a dazzling visual tour through all the groundbreaking moments in LEGO® history, from the company's humble beginnings in a carpenter's workshop to the invention of the iconic LEGO brick and LEGO minifigure, through to the stunning toys, video games and movies of today, including LEGO® Star Wars™, THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE™, and LEGO® Dimensions. This special edition of The LEGO® Book has been fully updated and expanded with the latest LEGO sets and fascinating facts to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the LEGO brick and the 40th anniversary of the minifigure. Go behind the scenes to learn how LEGO bricks are made; find out how amazing fan creations become real-life LEGO sets, and marvel at how LEGO bricks made it to the computer screen and the big screen. Created in full collaboration with the LEGO Group, The LEGO® Book is a treasure trove for LEGO fans of all ages." - Amazon
Grade Level:  9 and up
Title: "Creative Projects with Raspberry Pi"
ISBN: 1419725009
"The Raspberry Pi is a little circuit-board computer that was designed to be simple and cheap enough for anyone to use to learn basic programming. With the Pi, both kids and adults can learn basic coding skills and build robots, smart objects, and other intriguing and useful things, from motion-activated cameras to talking toys to weather stations to dog-food dispensers. Creative Projects with Raspberry Pi is a practical and inspiring introduction to making things with Raspberry Pi. It presents 35 projects, carefully selected to give readers an overview of the different kinds of things that the Pi can be made to do. It offers clear instructions, web links that give access to necessary computer code, and photographs and diagrams of each device that display DIY tech inventiveness at its best." - Amazon
Grade Level:  3 -9
Title: "Big Book of Building: Duct Tape, Paper, Cardboard, and Recycled Projects to Blast Away Boredom (Imagine It, Build It)"
ISBN: 1491443715
"Grab some paper, cardboard, duct tape, and other materials and get ready to blast away boredom! Inventive young builders will love creating awesome projects such as treasure chests, tin can robots, space stations, swords and armor, and a whole lot more. With easy to follow step-by-step instructions, readers will be building their own fantastic projects in no time!" - Amazon
Grade Level:  9 and up
Title: "Duct Tape Engineer: The Book of Big, Bigger, and Epic Duct Tape Projects"
ISBN: 1631591304
"shows you how to create the most enjoyable and impressive projects you’ve ever made—and they all start with a simple strip of duct tape. Build furniture, bags, outdoor items and more using simple tools and materials, with no special engineering skills needed.  

Start with duct tape basics that will aid in assembly: Learn cutting and tearing methods and taping techniques (yes, there’s more to it than slapping it down). Discover how to make sturdy duct tape sheets that can be cut and shaped. Using easily accessible tools and supplies like a utility knife and heavy-duty cardboard boxes, try your hand at making a desk and desk chair. Grab some foam and make a backpack, or create a custom hammock. Build a geodesic dome, and go truly epic with a giant pyramid catapult.

Every project includes step-by-step instructions and clear diagrams and photos. Don’t miss Lance Akiyama’s tips and suggestions for supplies, project variations, and material substitutions. Follow the solid construction techniques and you’ll ensure that these DIY projects will become favorite classroom activities and family projects." - Amazon
Grade Level:  9 and up
Title: "Rubber Band Engineer: Build Slingshot Powered Rockets, Rubber Band Rifles, Unconventional Catapults, and More Guerrilla Gadgets from Household Hardware"
ISBN: 1631591045
"You don't have to be a genius to create these ingenious contraptions, you just need rubber bands, glue, paperclips, and Rubber Band Engineer, of course.

Shooting far, flying high, and delivering way more exciting results than expected are the goals of the gadgets in Rubber Band Engineer. Discover unexpected ways to turn common materials into crafty contraptions that range from surprisingly simple to curiously complex. 

In vivid color photos, you'll be guided on how to create slingshot rockets, unique catapults, and even hydraulic-powered machines. Whether you build one or all 19 of these designs, you'll feel like an ingenious engineer when you're through. Best of all, you don't need to be an experienced tinkerer to make any of the projects! All you need are household tools and materials, such as paper clips, pencils, paint stirrers, and ice pop sticks.
Oh, and rubber bands. Lots of rubber bands.
Grab your glue gun, pull out your pliers, track down your tape, and get started on the challenging, fun, and rewarding journey toward becoming a rubber band engineer." - Amazon
Grade Level:  9 and up
Title: "20 Makey Makey Projects for the Evil Genius"
ISBN: 1259860469
"20 fun and inventive Makey Makey projects for Makers from beginner to expert
This hands-on guide is filled with DIY projects that show readers, step-by-step, how to start creating and making cool inventions with the Makey Makey invention kit. Each project features easy-to-follow, fully-illustrated instructions and detailed photographs of the finished gadget. Readers will see how to apply these skills and start building their own Makey Makey projects.
20 Makey Makey Projects for the Evil Genius starts off with very approachable introductory projects, making it a great starting point for beginners. It then builds to more challenging projects, allowing more experienced users to go further by incorporating technologies like Raspberry Pi, Processing and Scratch programming, 3D Printing, and creating wearable electronics with Makey Makey. Projects are divided into four categories: “Fun and Games,” Interactive,” Hacks and Pranks,” and “Makey Makey Go.”
• No prior programming or technical experience is required
• Basic enough for beginners, but challenging enough for advanced makers
• Written by two educators who believe in fostering creative innovation for all" 
- Amazon
Grade Level:  9 and up
Title: "Girls Garage: How to Use Any Tool, Tackle Any Project, and Build the World You Want to See (Teenage Trailblazers, STEM Building Projects for Girls)"
ISBN: 1452166277
"Girls Garage is the only book you'll ever need for a lifetime of tools and building.

Not sure which screws to buy? Need to fix a running toilet? With Girls Garage, you'll have the expertise to tackle these problems with your own hands. Or maybe you want to get creative and build something totally new. A birdhouse? A bookshelf? Girls Garage has you covered. Packed with illustrations that will build confidence for your next hardware store run, practical advice on everything from quick fixes to safety tips, and inspiring stories from real-world builder girls and women, this eye-catching volume makes the technical accessible. This is the guide every girl needs to take her life into her own hands. Girls, grab your tool belts, and get building!

• Informative, inspiring, and designed for everyday use, this is the ultimate book of building and construction for girls.
• A true confidence builder for girls interested in STEM, the building trades, and home improvement.
• Along with founding the nonprofit Girls Garage, Emily Pilloton has spoken at TED, been featured on television shows and the documentary film If You Build It." 
- Amazon
Grade Level:  5 - 8
Title: "Spy Science: 40 Secret-Sleuthing, Code-Cracking, Spy-Catching Activities for Kids"
ISBN: 047114620X 
"Sh-h-h-h-h-h!!

Top Secret...

Crack the code of superspy science fun!

Make your own spy sunglasses
* Write messages with invisible ink
* Hook up a secret alarm, and much more!

Discover how spies use science to keep--or uncover--top secrets. Learn how to go under cover, master Morse code, and even builddevices to see and hear through walls! These and dozens of otherfun-filled activities give you an inside look at the science behindspy gadgets and tricks of the trade. All the activities are completely safe and can be done with everyday stuff from around the house." - Amazon
Grade Level:  6 and up
Title: "Doc Fizzix Mousetrap Racers: The Complete Builder's Manual (Fox Chapel Publishing) Beginner-Friendly Instructions, Illustrations, and Designs for Racers that Kids & Parents Can Construct Together"
ISBN: 9781565233591
"Experience the thrill of victory—while learning science! Inside this engaging educational reference, Doc Fizzix reveals:
  • 7 mousetrap racer plans ranging from a Basic Racer to the speedy Double-Trouble
  • Speed and distance tricks that will make your racer travel the fastest and farthest
  • Trouble-shooting tips and techniques for solving any design problem
  • How to create a winning Science Fair project using secrets from the lab of Doc Fizzix
What's a mousetrap racer? A very cool, very fast vehicle that's powered by the energy of a wound mousetrap spring! Now, with only a few simple tools and materials, a curious mind, and the science-secrets of Doc Fizzix, you too can build a mousetrap dragster that will compete at the fastest speeds, up the steepest inclines, or in an unlimited number of contests—all while discovering the fun of physics and engineering first-hand." - Amazon