Books make great gifts, and these books will help you and your kids make great stuff. We found a great collection of new maker books that align with our mission to help parents raise awesome STEM-loving, Maker-friendly kids. Please note that many of these items were sent to us for review. This post contains affiliate links.
The Best Maker Books of 2017
For the youngest of makers (and their parents, if they need help), Asia Citro offers up 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids. The book is full of simple activities, many of which are variations on a theme, which will keep the youngest of children (and their older siblings) occupied.
Aging up just a notch, Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book for Bold Engineers by Andrea Beatty is recommended for 5-7 years, but I think kids up to 10 may enjoy it. If your kids liked the original Rosie book and enjoy making things this book will be a hit in your house.
Rosie’s friend Iggy Peck, Architect has a companion workbook, too! It contains more than forty STEM and design projects ranging from drafting blueprints. Aspiring architects will learn to blend science, tech, and art skills to create lasting structures.
My prolific friend, Kathy Ceceri has two more books for makers of all ages: Make: Musical Inventions, with more than two dozen projects and Fabric and Fiber Inventions, which is full of fun projects from easy to more challenging. It also features interviews with leading women makers, something rarely seen in other books. Make has really upped their game by including full-color photos that make tutorials easier to follow.
For the biggest kids, or at least the makers looking for a higher level of challenge, don’t miss the Arduino Inventor’s Guide by Brian Huang and Derek Runberg. Written by two guys from the education department at SparkFun, an online retailer of electronic parts for DIY projects, the book walks readers through the process of making “10 awesome” interactive projects that develop electronics and coding skills.
20 Makey-Makey Projects for the Evil Genius First off, what’s a Makey-Makey? It’s an easy-to-use invention kit that connects the physical world and the virtual one. See it in action as my son uses it to blend real-life and Minecraft. And catch my interview with the Makey-Makey co-creator, Jay Silver, here. Look for a more detailed review of this book in the new year.
This hands-on guide is filled with tutorials that help readers get started using the Makey-Makey for cool projects and empowers them to continue inventing on their own.
3D Printing Projects for Makerspaces Admittedly, I can’t vouch for this being one of the best books as I have a love-hate relationship with 3D printing and accepted the review copy in the hopes of tipping the balance more toward the love side. I’ll keep you posted.