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Books About Making



The Book With No Pictures
by B.J. Novak

This New York Times Best Seller will have all readers laughing out loud because it requires everyone to be an active reader—each page requires it. The book has no illustrations but that doesn’t mean it won’t be read and read again by children and adults. From nonsense words to songs, this book keeps readers coming back for more. The reader is encouraged to creatively engage multi times and in ingenious ways. Dial Books

Age range: All Ages
Recommended by: Dr. Cari Bernadowski



by Arlene Mosel

The author writes:
Ish is one of my favorite books (Candlewick Press, 2004). This is the sequel to The Dot and a tribute to an approach to thinking – and relaxing — about your art, your writing, your craft. Your life. Candlewick

Age range: All Ages
Recommended by: Dr. Mary Ann Rafoth



The Dot
by Peter H. Reynolds

For anyone who has been afraid to express themselves -- from a child in art class to an adult whose fear has shut down a long held dream -- this book reminds us to make your mark and see where it takes you.Scholastic Press

Age range: All Ages
Recommended by: Dr. Mary Ann Rafoth and Dr. Nathan Taylor



by Oliver Jeffers

A wonderfully, hilarious book about a young boy, Floyd, who implores creativity to overcome an obstacle. From the illustrator of When the Day the Crayons Quit, this book provides children with the premise to think outside the box. Although the book is recommended for young child, it teaches a lesson for which everyone could benefit. Philomel Books

Age Range: Preschool to eight
Recommended by: Dr. Cari Bernadowski



Violet the Pilot
by Steve Breen

By the time she's two years old, Violet Van Winkle can fix nearly any appliance in the house. And by eight she's building elaborate flying machines from scratch mind-boggling contraptions such as the Tubbubbler, the Bicycopter, and the Wing-a-ma-jig. The kids at school tease her, but they have no idea what she's capable of. Maybe she could earn their respect by winning the blue ribbon in the upcoming Air Show. Or maybe something even better will happen? Something involving her best ever invention, a Boy Scout troop in peril, and even the mayor himself! A classic underdog story full of humor and sweetness and retro pizzazz, Violet the Pilot is both endearing and adorable. It'll fly right into your heart.Dial Books for Young Readers, A division of Penguin books

Age Range: Preschool to 3rd grade
Recommended by: Dr. Susan Parker



The Most Magnificent Thing 
by Ashley Spires

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.Kids Can Press

Age Range: 3-7
Recommended by: Dr. Mary Ann Rafoth



What Do You Do With An Idea?
by Kobi Yamada

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. Compendium Inc.

Age Range: 3 and up
Recommended by: Dr. Mary Ann Rafoth



Beautiful Oops 
by Barney Saltzberg

A New York Times bestseller. It tells the story of Arnold Spirit, who leaves his familiar Indian reservation in Spokane, WA to attend public school. The only other Indian at the school is the school mascot. Throughout the book, Arnold wonders what constitutes community, identity and tribe. The story is based on the experiences of the author, Sherman Alexie.Workman Publishing Company

Age Range: 3-8
Recommended by: Dr. Susan Parker



Rosie Revere, Engineer 
by Andrea Beaty & David Roberts

Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she's a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal--to fly--Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt's dream come true. But when her contraption doesn't fly but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose insists that Rosie's contraption was a raging success. You can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit.Abrams Books for Young Readers

Age Range: Kindergarten and up
Recommended by: Dr. Mary Ann Rafoth



The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes 
by Mark Pett & Gary Rubinstein

Meet Beatrice Bottomwell: a nine-year-old girl who has never (not once!) made a mistake. She never forgets her math homework, she never wears mismatched socks, and she ALWAYS wins the yearly talent show at school. In fact, Beatrice holds the record of perfection in her hometown, where she is known as The Girl Who Never Makes Mistakes. Life for Beatrice is sailing along pretty smoothly until she does the unthinkable–she makes her first mistake. And in a very public way! Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Age Range: 4-8  
Recommended by: Dr. Mary Ann Rafoth



Iggy Peck, Architect 
by Andrea Beaty

Meet Iggy Peck—creative, independent, and not afraid to express himself! In the spirit of David Shannon’s No, David and Rosemary Wells’s Noisy Nora, Iggy Peck will delight readers looking for irreverent, inspired fun. Iggy has one passion: building. His parents are proud of his fabulous creations, though they’re sometimes surprised by his materials—who could forget the tower he built of dirty diapers? When his second-grade teacher declares her dislike of architecture, Iggy faces a challenge. He loves building too much to give it up! With Andrea Beaty’s irresistible rhyming text and David Roberts’s puckish illustrations, this book will charm creative kids everywhere, and amuse their sometimes bewildered parents. Abrams Books for Young Readers

Age Range: 4-8
Recommended by: Dr. Mary Ann Rafoth



I Am Albert Einstein
by Brad Meltzer

This book shares stories of the life of Einstein, who many now think was on the autism spectrum. He was a curious inventor who kept trying to figure out the universe. The format of this book is a charming combination of photographs, caricatures, cartoon strips, and narrative text. It is part of the series, “Ordinary People Change the World”. Dial Books

Age Range: 5-8
Recommended by: Dr. Vicki Donne



Cooking Up a Storm: The Teen Survival Cookbook
by Sam Stern

Here's a book that will get most teens making, baking, and cooking! Written by a 14 year-old boy who loves creative writing and cooking! It's all here...recipes from breakfast to dinner for all occasions. Great commentary from Sam and colorful photos.Candlewick Press

Age Range: Teenagers
Recommended by: Dr. Shelly Haser



Resonating the Sound
by Linda Mitchell Maddox

As the author states, “This is a story about obstacles and ways the middle school age characters in the book choose to deal with them in their lives” (p. 6). Two years following a traumatic brain injury, Jana is still unable to speak and finally chooses to try a communication device. A fellow student, Eli, who is Gifted and has Aspergers, takes the device apart, reprograms it, and puts it back together. He personalizes the device using audio recordings of Jana’s voice prior to the accident. Arborwood Press

Age Range: Young Adult
Recommended by: Dr. Vicki Donne