More Hands-on Books for Fun at Home

These books are great for Elementary-school-aged kids. All of the projects (and snacks!) are super fun to make! Some may need help from an adult.

Magic Tricks with Cards

Interest Level: Grade 1 – Grade 3
Is this your card? Aspiring magicians will love this book full of card tricks. Simple text, step-by-step instructions, and supporting photos show readers how to perform tricks. Plus, readers will learn basic information about magic and famous magicians.

Unplug with Science Buddies ® Series

Interest Level: Grade 2 – Grade 5
It’s time to turn off your device! This fun, maker-focused series features projects from project database creators Science Buddies® and encourages readers to step away from the screen and create with their hands.

Garfield’s® Guide to Lasagna: Cooking Nature’s Perfect Food

Interest Level: Grade 2 – Grade 5
Dive into this delicious exploration of a truly flawless food—lasagna!
Learn the art of cooking with step-by-step recipes for all types of lasagna, from a classic red sauce version to very veggie options, and even tex-mex, breakfast, and dessert lasagna! Colorful spreads present unique and delicious recipes so young chefs can make lasagna for every meal of the day. The text features step-by-step instructions and hilarious commentary from Garfield, Odie, and friends.

Garfield’s ® Guide to Creating Your Own Comic Strip

Interest Level: Grade 2 – Grade 5
Readers will learn what goes into making a comic strip—from creating characters to adding visual details and lettering—all while enjoying examples from Garfield comic strips and hilarious commentary from Garfield himself.

30-Minute Makers Series

Interest Level: Grade 2 – Grade 5
This maker-focused series features science projects that can be completed in half an hour or less, and include QR codes leading to additional content. These high-interest titles are created in partnership with science project database Science Buddies®, an organization focused on fostering STEM discovery through hands-on explorations.

Ready, Set, Code! Series

Interest Level: Grade 2 – Grade 5
Introduce young coders to the most popular coding programs and languages. Step-by-step instructions and clear illustrations guide readers, while fun activities help them apply what they’ve learned.

My Minecraft Series

Interest Level: Grade 3 – Grade 6
From surviving mobs (mobile monsters) to building cities, this series describes some of Minecraft’s most popular aspects. Learn the basics of mining for materials, planting crops, and changing the game with mods (modifications). Jump into the creative world of Minecraft.

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