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
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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The Clementine Rose Busy Day Book

The Clementine Rose Busy Day Book

Jacqueline Harvey
Activity Book
For ages 7 to 9
Random House Australia, 2015   ISBN: 978-0857984111
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Wicked Cool Friendship Bracelets

Wicked Cool Friendship Bracelets

Karen Phillips
Illustrator:  Mizna Wada 
Craft Kit
For ages 8 to 10
Klutz, 2011   ISBN: 978-0545346221
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Drawing in the Sea

Drawing in the Sea

Harriet Russell
Fiction
For ages 6 and up
Princeton Architectural Press, 2015   ISBN: 978-1616894184
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Creative Cat: Pattern, Doodle, Color with a Muse

Creative Cat: Pattern, Doodle, Color with a Muse

David Sinden
Coloring Book
For ages 7 and up
Laurence King Publishing, 2016   ISBN: 978-1780678474
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Kid Made Modern: All About Fabric Printing

Kid Made Modern: All About Fabric Printing

Todd Oldham
Nonfiction craft book
For ages 6 to 8
Ammo Books, 2012   ISBN: 978-1934429921
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Stencil Art

Stencil Art

From the editors at Klutz
Craft Kit
For ages 8 to 12
Klutz, 2007   ISBN: 978-1570542459
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Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book

Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book

Johanna Basford
Coloring Book
For ages 8 and up
Laurence King Publishing, 2015   ISBN: 978-1780674889
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Hello Nature: Draw, Collect, Make and Grow

Hello Nature: Draw, Collect, Make and Grow

Nina Chakrabarki
Coloring and activity book
For ages 8 and up
Laurence King Publishing, 2016   ISBN: 978-1780677354
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Spectacular Friendship Bracelets: A Step-by-Step Guide to 34 Sensational Designs

Spectacular Friendship Bracelets: A Step-by-Step Guide to 34 Sensational Designs

Ariela Pshednovek
Photographer: Ran Laurie
Nonfiction Craft Book
For ages 9 and up
Charlesbridge, 2016   ISBN: 978-1623540814
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Goody Gumdrops with Ed Emberley

Goody Gumdrops with Ed Emberley

Ed Emberley
Drawing book
For ages 5 to 8
Two Little Birds, 2014   ISBN: 978-0991293513
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Harry Potter: Magical Creatures Coloring Book

Harry Potter: Magical Creatures Coloring Book

Illustrator:  Artwork created by several artists 
Drawing Book
For ages 8 and up
Scholastic , 2016   ISBN: 978-1338030006
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The New Jumbo Book of Easy Crafts

The New Jumbo Book of Easy Crafts

Judy Ann Sadler
Illustrator:  Caroline Price 
Nonfiction Craft Book
For ages 5 to 7
Kids Can Press, 2009   ISBN: 978-1554532391
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Make your own Washi Tape Stickers

Make your own Washi Tape Stickers

Anne Akers Johnson
Craft Kit
For ages 8 to 12
Klutz, 2014   ISBN: 978-0545647762
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