My young boys are obsessed with tools, construction vehicles and building. After carefully fastening their safety goggles and reminding each other to “keep it safe!” they spend hours playing out imaginative construction project scenarios with each other. Building with blocks, legos, Lincoln logs, and drawing “plans” on their chalkboard easel, they delight in each creation. I often bring home books with STEM themes to fuel their curiosity abut how things work. These are some of our favorite building and engineering titles. -Rebecca
Building Our House by Jonathan Bean: A young girl narrates her family’s move from the city to the country, where they have bought a piece of land and live in a trailer while they build a house from the ground up, with help from relatives and friends. Also available: Building Our House DVD
Let’s Build by Sue Fliess: “Lets build a fort! Grab a pencil, draw the plans. We’ll construct it with our hands. Dad and son hit the hardware store. And then they start to build! Raise the walls up, hoist that beam. Real construction takes a team! When they’re all done, they’ll have the coolest fort ever!” – Amazon
Construction Kitties by Judy Sue Goodwin-Sturges: Wearing their hats, Construction Kitties use heavy equipment to dig, move, push, and smooth the dirt.
Demolition by Sally Sutton (other titles: Construction & Roadwork): Illustrations and rhyming text show the enormous and powerful machines that are used to demolish a building so that a playground can be built.
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty: A young aspiring engineer must first conquer her fear of failure.
Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty: Ever since he was a baby, Iggy Peck has built towers, bridges, and buildings, which comes in handy when his second grade class is stranded on an island during a picnic.
Dreaming Up: a celebration of building by Christy Hale: “A collection of concrete poetry, illustrations, and photographs that shows how young children’s constructions, created as they play, are reflected in notable works of architecture from around the world. Includes biographies of the architects, quotations, and sources”–Provided by publisher.