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
Sock Monkey and Friends

Sock Monkey and Friends

Samantha Fisher
Illustrator:  Cary Lane 
Photographer: Carlo Silvio
Novelty Craft Kit
For ages 9 and up
Chronicle Books, 2010   ISBN: 978-0811871204
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The Toymaker's Christmas: Paper Toys You Can Make Yourself

The Toymaker's Christmas: Paper Toys You Can Make Yourself

Marilyn Scott Waters
Novelty Craft Kit
For ages 7 to 10
Sterling, 2010   ISBN: 978-1402768521
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Ed Emberley's Drawing Book of Faces (REPACKAGED) (Ed Emberley Drawing Books)

Ed Emberley's Drawing Book of Faces (REPACKAGED) (Ed Emberley Drawing Books)

Ed Emberley
Nonfiction Drawing Book
For ages 5 and up
Little Brown, 2006   ISBN: 0316789704
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Button Crafts

Button Crafts

The Editors at American Girl
Nonfiction Craft Book
For ages 8 to 12
American Girl Publishing Inc, 2009   ISBN: 978-1593695774
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The Knit-it Kit for Kids

The Knit-it Kit for Kids

Jennifer Traig
Illustrator:  Caren Alpert 
For ages 8 to and up
Chronicle, 2005   ISBN: 978-0811848886
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Knit Knack Kit: Simple Instructions and Tools for 25 terrific knitting projects

Knit Knack Kit: Simple Instructions and Tools for 25 terrific knitting projects

Randi Katzman, Randi Katzman
Illustrator:  France Ruffenach 
Novelty Craft Kit
For ages 12 and up
Chronicle Books, 2003   ISBN: 978-0811838573
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Knitting

Knitting

Anne Akers Johnson
Novelty Craft Kit
For ages 10 and up
Klutz, 2004   ISBN: 978-1570548611
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Doodles: A Really Giant Coloring and Doodling Book

Doodles: A Really Giant Coloring and Doodling Book

Taro Gomi
Nonfiction Drawing Book
For ages 5 and up
Chronicle Books, 2006   ISBN: 978-0811852500
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The Jumbo Book of Outdoor Art

The Jumbo Book of Outdoor Art

Irene Luxbacher
Nonfiction Art Book
For ages 9 to 12
Kids Can Press, 2006   ISBN: 978-1553376804
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Draw it Again and Again, and Again, and Again

Draw it Again and Again, and Again, and Again

The Editors at Klutz
Novelty Craft Kit
For ages 4 to 8
Chicken Socks, 2008   ISBN: 978-1591745228
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Ed Emberley’s Make a World Drawing Book

Ed Emberley’s Make a World Drawing Book

Ed Emberley
Nonfiction Drawing Book
For ages 5 and up
Little Brown, 2006   ISBN: 978-0316789721
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Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals

Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals

Ed Emberley
Nonfiction Drawing Book
For ages 5 and up
Little Brown, 2006   ISBN: 978-0316789790
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Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Trucks and Trains

Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Trucks and Trains

Ed Emberley
Nonfiction Drawing Book
For ages 5 to and up
Little Brown, 2005   ISBN: 978-0316789677
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The Creative Cat Book of Outrageous Fun! Draw It, Sculpt it, Build it!

The Creative Cat Book of Outrageous Fun! Draw It, Sculpt it, Build it!

Cranium Inc.
Illustrator:  Baseman 
Novelty Craft Kit
For ages 6 to 12
Little Brown, 2006   ISBN: 978-0316057608
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The Jumbo Book of Art: An artistic adventure from the Avenue Roads Arts School

The Jumbo Book of Art: An artistic adventure from the Avenue Roads Arts School

Irene Luxbacher
Nonfiction Art Book
For ages 8 to and up
Kids Can Press, 2003   ISBN: 978-1550747621
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