One of my goals as a librarian is to get kids to create. Another one of my passions is getting kids excited about reading. So, I’ve been working to combine the two using Maker Storytimes and connecting making with literacy.

This is an ever-growing list of books that you can use to inspire maing with your students. The core of this list was generated as part of an online discussion within the Library Journal: Lead the Change workshop on maker spaces. Links are to lessons described on the blog.

Picture Books Fiction:

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to be in this Book!) by Julie Falatko, illustrated by Tim Miller

3, 2, 1, Go! by Emily Arnold McCully

Float by Daniel Miyares

Sam & Eva by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Metal Man by Aaron Reynolds

Going Places by Peter & Paul Reynolds

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

The Dumpster Diver by Janet Wong

If I Built a Car by Chris VanDusen

If I Built a House by Chris VanDusen

What Do You Do with an Idea? by Kobi Yamada

Picture Books Nonfiction:

Earmuffs for Everyone: How Chester Greenwood Became Known as the Inventor of Earmuffs by Meghan McCarthy


Middle Grade Fiction

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper


Middle Grade Nonfiction

Lost on a Mountain in Maine by Donn Fendler and The Lost Trail by Donn Fendler, Lynne Plourde, and Ben Bishop