Summer 2020: Books about Making Things for Grades 6-8

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

Read one of these books, then find lots of great creative activity ideas in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

  • Calling All Minds: How to Think and Create like an Inventor

    2018 by Grandin, Temple

    You don't have to be a genius to be an inventor. I appreciate how Grandon, an animal scientist, emphasizes that we all can discover and create new things by being willing to experiment and look at a problem from many different angles. Recommended by Laura

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  • Piecing Me Together

    2017 by Watson, Ren©♭e

    Jade makes beautiful collages out of found objects. If only her life could come together as easily as her art. Recommended by Mary

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  • Wax

    2016 by Damico, Gina

    Fun and creepy at the same time. The famous Grosholz Candle Factor is making more than candles out of wax! Discover their sinister secret. Recommended by Mary

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  • Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects

    2014 by Maletsky, Sophie

    Step-by-step instructions for creating cool duct tape projects you can actually use. Recommended by Gudrun

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  • Ungifted

    2012 by Korman, Gordon

    Major screw-up Donovan is supposed to be transferred to a remedial class so he can get his act together. But an administrative error finds him in a gifted STEAM class. Hilarity ensues. Recommended by Mary

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  • Drawing for Joy: 15-Minute Daily Meditations to Cultivate Drawing Skill and Unwind with Color

    2017 by Jones, Stephanie Peterson

    If doodling brings you joy, this is the book for you. Build your skills while practicing mindfulness with helpful exercises written by a K-12 art teacher. Recommended by Caitlin

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  • Origami Toys That Tumble, Fly, and Spin

    2010 by Jackson, Paul

    These origami toys were not just meant to sit still. Each one has a dynamic design with moving parts. Perfect for learning a cool new skill. Recommended by Caitlin

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  • The Art of Secrets

    2014 by Klise, James

    Half mystery, half social commentary, completely entertaining. This is the story of a valuable piece of art, or is it? Recommended by Mary

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  • Crochet Taxidermy: 30 Quirky Animal Projects, from Mouse to Moose

    2016 by Hart, Taylor

    Vegetarians and animal lovers rejoice! Now you can make your own cruelty-free taxidermy. In all seriousness, this book is super weird, but the animals are very cute. Recommended by Caitlin

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  • A Bad Day for Voodoo

    2012 by Strand, Jeff

    I laughed my way through this silly romp. One of Tyler's teachers is treating him unfairly, so best friend Adam gets him a voodoo doll of the teacher. What could possibly go wrong? Recommended by Mary

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  • The Lego Animation Book: Make Your Own Lego Movies!

    2017 by Pagano, David

    I am not shy about admitting that I need instructions for all of my Lego builds, and this book could take my Lego expertise to the next level. Now is a great time to learn about stop-motion animation and find a new way to play. Recommended by Lorrie

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  • The Best Kind of Magic

    2017 by Cestari, Crystal

    Romance, magic style! Amber is a witch who can identify anyone's soul mate, except her own. Recommended by Mary

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