The Redwall Cookbook by Brian Jacques. My son loved the Redwall books – those epic medieval fantasies that star rodents as the heroes and villains; it’s a popular series with staying power. This cookbook is full recipes that are inspired from the novels, complete with text excerpts to tempt your appetite. However, it doesn’t matter whether you’ve read the fiction series; The Redwall Cookbook is delightful for anyone who likes the idea of a rustic cottage with an old solid wood butcher block and flour dust dancing in the sunbeams. The food is sectioned by seasons, and you just feel good preparing and eating these delicacies that feature fruit and root vegetables and real cream.
DIY Kids by Ellen and Julia Lupton. What a great book! Chock full of ideas and how-tos for everything from graphics to toys to things for the home to fashion. This one is specifically written for kids, and many of the projects are easy enough to do without assistance, though there are also plenty for us to explore together.
This Book Made Me Do It by John Woodward. More great ideas for you and your young makers. These projects encourage kids to both make and do and will appeal to those interested in art, sports, science, cooking, and more. And it’s a DK book; I do love that publishing company. The layout and text is always fresh and exciting and perfect for a wide age range.
DIY.org. Think Scouting for makers. Choose a challenge (or create your own), follow the instructions (or make your own), complete the challenge, photograph or film it, and upload it to your free account on the site. The staff reviews and approves your work, and you get an awesomesauce digital badge once you’ve completed three tasks in a single topic (if you like, you can also purchase a beautiful iron-on patch as well). If they like your work, they’ll highlight it on their website, making you feel super-cool. And here’s something else wonderful: the program is absolutely free. For more about our experience with DIY, click here.
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