I had a heap of picturebooks that fit in with the idea of maker culture at our makers in libraries booth. I did get to do some storytimes, but I realized what a bad librarian I was when I didn’t have a booklist to give people. So terrible. But here’s one!
I divided it into two sections, because there are a bunch of picturebooks out there about building stuff with tools, which is great, but while tools are important to makers I see the culture of invention (and the different paths we take to make things) as being even more important to tell stories about.
I haven’t labelled them for ages or reading levels because I really try to fit the book to the individual. They cover a wide range of complexities though.
Culture of Invention & Problem Solving
- The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires (2014) 1554537045
- Monkey With a Tool Belt by Chris Monroe (2008) 9780822576310
- Monkey With a Tool Belt and the Noisy Problem by Chris Monroe (2009) 9780822592471
- The Magnificent Tree by Nick Bland and Stephen Michael King (2012) 9781443119627
- Papa’s Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming and Boris Kulikov (2013) 9780374399085
- Sometimes I Forget You’re a Robot by Sam Brown (2013) 9780803738256
- Dumpster Diver by Janet S. Wong and David Roberts (2007) 9780763623807
- Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Baty and David Roberts (2013) 9781419708459
- Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts (2007) 9780810911062
- The Magic Toolbox by Mie Araki (2003) 0811835642
- Old MacDonald Had a Woodshop by Lisa Shulman and Ashley Wolff (2002) 0399235965
- Fix It Duck by Jez Alborough (2001) 9780007302895
- Tap Tap Bang Bang by Emma Garcia (2010) 9781907152009
- Young MacDonald by David Milgrim (2006) 0525475702
- The House I’ll Build for the Wrens by Shirley Neitzel and Nancy Winslow Parker (1997) 0688149731
- Think Big by Liz Garton Scanton and Vanessa Brantley Newton (2012) 9781599906119
- Toolbox Twins by Lola M. Schaefer and Melissa Iwai (2006) 9780805077339
There was loads of awesome non-librarian stuff going on at VMMF too. My buddy got a cheese-making kit. I got a collapsible cardboard soundstage with LED lights to make movies with. I did not ride the mechanical snake though.