Activity, Art, and craft books and kits

This feature contains reviews of wonderful kits and books that show young readers how to draw and how to make all kinds of things with their hands. There are also activity books that will engage their minds and tap into their creative selves. Many of these titles and kits would make great gifts
Make Your Mark: The Drawing Book for Children

Make Your Mark: The Drawing Book for Children

Sarah Richardson
Nonfiction
For ages 8 and up
Tate, 2012   ISBN: 978-1849761116
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Origami and Haiku inspired by Japanese Artwork

Origami and Haiku inspired by Japanese Artwork

From the editors at Nosy Crow, The trustees of the British Museum
Illustrator:  Nick Robinson 
Poetry and Nonfiction Book
For ages 10 and up
Candlewick Press, 2018   ISBN: 978-1536202731
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Start with a Dot: A Journal for Making Your Mark

Start with a Dot: A Journal for Making Your Mark

Peter H. Reynolds
Drawing Book
For ages 6 and up
Harry N. Abrams, 2018   ISBN: 978-1419732584
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Draw 50 Sea Creatures: The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Fish, Sharks, Mollusks, Dolphins, and More

Draw 50 Sea Creatures: The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Fish, Sharks, Mollusks, Dolphins, and More

Nonfiction
For ages 9 and up
Watson-Guptill, 2017   ISBN: 978-0399580178
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Playing With Food: An Activity Book

Playing With Food: An Activity Book

Louise Lockhart
Activity Book
For ages 6 to 8
Cicada Books, 2016   ISBN: 978-1908714312
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51 Things to Make with Paper Plates

51 Things to Make with Paper Plates

Fiona Hayes
Illustrator:  Tom Connell 
Photographer: Michael Wicks
Nonfiction Craft Book
For ages 6 to 9
QEB Publishing, 2017   ISBN: 978-1682970065
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Draw and Discover: Inside, Outside, Upside Down

Draw and Discover: Inside, Outside, Upside Down

Yasmeen Ismail
Activity Book
For ages 5 to 7
Laurence King Publishing, 2017   ISBN: 978-1780679297
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The Historical Heroines Coloring Book: Pioneering Women in Science from the 18th

The Historical Heroines Coloring Book: Pioneering Women in Science from the 18th

Elizabeth Lorayne
Illustrator:  Kendra Shedenhelm 
Coloring Book
For ages 8 to 12
White Wave Press, 2017   ISBN: 978-0997909876
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The Doodle Book of Feel Good

The Doodle Book of Feel Good

Charise Mericle Harper
Coloring Book
For ages 6 and up
Henry Holt , 2017   ISBN: 978-1250120830
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My Collection of Collections

My Collection of Collections

Nina Chakrabarti
Activity Book
For ages 6 to 8
Laurence King Publishing, 2017   ISBN: 978-1786270610
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Draw and Discover: Happy, Sad, Feeling Glad

Draw and Discover: Happy, Sad, Feeling Glad

Yasmeen Ismail
Activity Book
FOr ages 5 to 7
Laurence King Publishing, 2017   ISBN: 978-1780679334
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My Nature Sticker Activity Book: In the Vegetable Garden

My Nature Sticker Activity Book: In the Vegetable Garden

Olivia Cosneau
Activity Book
For ages 5 to 7
Princeton Architectural Press, 2017   ISBN: 978-1616895716
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Draw and Discover: Push, Pull, Empty, Full

Draw and Discover: Push, Pull, Empty, Full

Yasmeen Ismail
Paper Engineer: Activity Book
For ages 5 to 7
Laurence King Publishing, 2017   ISBN: 978-1780679310
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51 Things to Make with Cardboard Boxes

51 Things to Make with Cardboard Boxes

Fiona Hayes
Illustrator:  Tom Connell 
Nonfiction Craft Book
For ages 6 to 9
QEB Publishing, 2017   ISBN: 978-1609928346
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Birds of the World: My Nature Sticker Activity Book

Birds of the World: My Nature Sticker Activity Book

Olivia Cosneau
Activity Book
For ages 4 to 7
Princeton Architectural Press, 2017   ISBN: 978-1616895662
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