Plant a pumpkinseed with a child and cultivate wonder. This simple act of reconnecting children with nature is Sharon Lovejoy's purpose and joy and gift. In her newest book, Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots, she presents 12 spirited, easy-to-implement ideas for theme gardens that parents and kids can grow together. Illustrated throughout by the author's own lyrical watercolors, each garden includes a plan, the planting recipe (seeds, seedlings, and growing instructions spelled out step by step), and activities. There's the Pizza Patch, a giant wheel garden planted in "slices" of tomatoes, zucchini, oregano, and basil. There’s a Flowery Maze to get lost in, and a Moon Garden of night-blooming flowers (including a moonflower tent). And there’s Mother Nature's Medicine Chest.
For ages 4-10.
Author: Sharon Lovejoy
Best-selling author Ricki Carroll — known around the world as the Cheese Queen — and her daughter, Sarah Carroll, bring easy cheese making right into your kitchen with this fun guide for kids and families. Step-by-step photos guide kids ages 8–12 through the cheese making process, then teach them how to make 12 classic favorites, including mozzarella, feta, ricotta, and cream cheese. A hearty helping of kitchen chemistry and math along with bits of international cheese making history add to the education. A bonus log sheet lets young cheese makers keep notes just like the pros, while punch-out labels and colorful flags will embellish homemade cheeses and global cheese platters.
Author: Ricki Carroll
The best-selling book duo Sewing School and Sewing School 2 are featured in this special gift set, along with bonus “Made By” fabric labels kids can iron on to their creations. With appealing step-by-step photography and instructions written specially for children ages 6 and up, these books cover the full range of sewing skills, including hand-stitching, operating a sewing machine, fabric selection, using patterns, and making pockets, casings, interfacing, and more.
For ages 6 and up.
Author: Amie Plumley & Andria Lisle
The best-selling authors of the Sewing School series are back, introducing kids to the creativity of stitching patchwork, appliqué, and quilts. Using dynamic how-to photos and step-by-step instructions written for ages 8 to 12, Amie Petronis Plumley and Andria Lisle teach a variety of techniques using both hand and machine sewing. The 15 projects range from decorative to practical, including an appliquéd family crest wall hanging, a patchwork pet bed, a crazy-quilt journal cover, and a quilt made from recycled T-shirts.
Author: Amie Plumley & Andria Lisle
In today’s thriving maker culture, kids are hungry for hands-on guidance in creating stylish wearables and practical objects, or hacking and customizing existing ones. Authors Nicole Blum and Catherine Newman get them started with complete instructions for mastering six favorite fiber crafts. Step-by-step photos teach kids ages 9 to 14 the basics of how to sew, knit, crochet, felt, embroider, and weave, plus how to make three projects for each craft. From woven patches and a knitted backpack to embroidered merit badges and a crocheted bracelet, the fresh, kid-approved projects encourage creative variations and build confidence along with valuable life skills.
For ages 9-14.
Author: Nicole Blum & Catherine Newman
Gratefulness begins with babies! On every page of this beautiful board book, Jade Orlando's charming illustrations invite little ones to give thanks to their favorite farm friends. From thanking cows for their milk and bees for their honey to thanking sheep for a wooly sweater and the garden for yummy carrots, this sweet book teaches the youngest readers to celebrate and feel grateful for the simple gifts of the farm.
Author: Edtors of Storey Publishing
Find out where honey comes from as Grandpa the Beeman teaches the basics of beekeeping to his young grandson. This rhyming story includes 7 pages of educational endnotes full of essential facts about bees, beekeeping, honey, and the vital part that bees play in the natural world.
Author: Laurie Krebs
With this skills-based book, kids learn essential safety and survival tips and bushcraft that they need to have a safe wilderness experience. Led by outdoor leader Frank Grindrod of Earthwork Programs, every turn of the page takes kids on another stage of the journey. They learn how to pack for the outdoors, navigate using a map and a compass, choose and set up a campsite, handle and use a knife properly, build a fire, tie different types of knots, make a lean-to out of sticks and leaves, and cook over an open fire. This guide teaches more than just outdoor know-how; it fosters appreciation for the natural world and pride in knowing how to use its resources as a tool for survival and adventure.
Author: Frank Grindrod
With step-by-step photographs and clear instructions, aspiring woodworkers learn essential skills such as how to drive a nail, use a power drill, “measure twice, cut once,” and saw correctly. Then the fun begins, with 17 cool and creative projects kids can build to furnish the wood shop, decorate their bedrooms and homes, and create their own play equipment. Favorite projects include Tic-Tac-Toe-To Go!, One-Board Birdhouse, a Tool Tote, and a hanging Twinkle Light. Wood Shop is the perfect gift for tinkerers, young makers, and aspiring carpenters and engineers.
For ages 8-12.
Author: Margaret Larson
Author: Jo Ann Bennett-Boltinghouse