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Children's Books Promoting Tinkering

February 13, 2016

Tinkering allows children to learn through dismantling, creating, building. Many children's books promote the spirit of tinkering and creating. It's never too early to instill creativity. Here's a list of some of favorite books, ranging in age from wee little ones to older kiddos.

  • Cabaret Mechanical Movement, Gary Lawrence & Aidan Lawrence Onn
  • Extra Yarn, Mac Barnett
  • Iggy Peck, Architect, Andrea Beaty & David Roberts
  • Rosie Revere, Engineer, Andrea Beaty & David Roberts
  • How Fletcher Was Hatched, Wende & Harry Devlin
  • Leo the Maker Prince: Journeys in 3D Printing, Carla Diana
  • Ruby Goldberg's Bright Idea, Anna Humphrey
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon, Crockett Johnson
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Harold Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer
  • Toys and Tales with Everyday Materials, Sudarshan Khanna & Gita Wolf
  • The Way Things Work and The New Way Things Work, David Macauley
  • Roxaboxen. Alice McLerran & Barbara Cooney
  • Not a Box, Antoinette Portis
  • Not a Stick, Antoinette Portis
  • Making Things Move. Dustyn Roberts
  • Albert's Alphabet, Leslie Tryon
  • Press Here, Herve Tullet
  • The Art of Tinkering, Karen Wilkinson & Mike Petrich
  • Galimoto, Karen Lynn Williams & Catherine Stock
  • Howtoons, various authors

Enjoy reading!