Summer 2020: Books about Making Things for Preschoolers

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

Find a fun book here, then find lots of great "making" activity ideas in the Summer Reading 2020 Idea Book.

  • The Dot

    2014 by Reynolds, Peter

    I never thought I could be an artist, but this amazing book gave me a new perspective. Recommended by Karen

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  • Building Our House

    2013 by Bean, Jonathan

    Who doesn't love construction? Watch every step as this family builds their own house from the ground up. Very cool! Recommended by Karen

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  • Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party

    2019 by Dean, Kim

    Making pizza is fun because you can put all of your favorite toppings on it. But what kind of pizza will Pete have if all of his friends add their favorite toppings? Recommended by Holly

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  • Chirchir Is Singing

    2011 by Cunnane, Kelly

    This beautifully illustrated, quiet story set in Kenya, will capture your heart as young Chirchir finally discovers what she can contribute to her family. Recommended by Laura

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  • What Will These Hands Make?

    2020 by McClure, Nikki

    Take a look at all the things your two hands can make. Recommended by Mary

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  • Hands

    1997 by Ehlert, Lois

    The author remembers the work of her childhood--creating art alongside her parents. This book will inspire you to create. Recommended by Katie

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  • Recipes for Play: Creative Activities for Small Hands and Big Imaginations

    2014 by Sumner, Rachel

    Chock full of fun ideas for grown-ups and kids alike, this book is thoughtfully laid out, including setup times and mess factor! Recommended by Caitlin

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  • Pokko and the Drum

    2019 by Forsythe, Matthew

    Follow Pokko and her magnificent drum and make some music of your own! Me than anything, I love the pictures in this book. I could look at those colors all day! Recommended by Caitlin

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  • Boxitects

    2020 by Smith, Kim

    I love this wacky story of a maker competition out of control. Recommended by Christine

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  • The Backyard Build

    2018 by Litton, Jonathan

    What do you do when there's nothing to do? Build, of course! Learn how in this fun story about two kids who create a great project with whatever materials they can find. Recommended by Mary

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  • Edward Gets Messy

    2016 by Meade, Rita

    This book celebrates one of the unsung but often necessary side effects of creating: the mess! Recommended by Caitlin

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  • Rosie Revere, Engineer

    2013 by Beaty, Andrea

    I love Rosie's creativity and the message that the only failure is quitting. Recommended by Karen

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  • Perfect Square

    2011 by Hall, Michael

    A square can be a lot more than just four equal sides. Find out how in this colorfully quiet book. Recommended by Katie

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  • Beautiful Oops!

    2010 by Saltzberg, Barney

    Every "oops" can lead to even more wonderful creations! Recommended by Katie

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