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Crafty Creativity:  A DIY Dozen

--selected by Kate Quealy-Gainer, Assistant Editor

Looking to reinvent yourself in the new year? Why not pick up a new hobby? This month’s dozens takes a look at cooking, sewing, spying (a different take on the word crafty), and all sorts of creative ways to pass the time and maybe meet one of those pesky new year’s resolutions.
DIY dozen
Gold, Rozanne. Kids cook 1-2-3: Recipes for Young Chefs Using Only 3 Ingredients. Bloomsbury, 2006 Gr. 4-8.
Over 100 kid-friendly recipes ranging from main dishes to drinks are offered here and each only involves three ingredients, making this the perfect start-up guide for the aspiring chef. (BCCB 12/06)

Hantman, Clea. I Wanna Make My Own Clothes. Simon, 2006 Gr. 4-8.
This easy-to-follow guide relies on hand sewing alone and requires neither a sewing machine nor adult supervision, making the possibilities for a revamped wardrobe endless. (BCCB 10/06)

Hantman, Clea. I Wanna Re-do My Room. Simon, 2006 Gr. 4-8.
Simple ideas like making changeable artwork and more complicated projects like building your own canopy are included in this straightforward but breezy manual for creating ideal spaces for tweens and teens. (BCCB 10/06)

Lipsey, Jennifer. I Love to Collage! Lark, 2006 Gr. 2-6.
Lipsey offers a quick definition of collage, a list of supplies, and a few useful hints and then sends her readers off to try out one of the twenty sure-to-be-fun projects featured here. (BCCB 02/07)

Newcomb, Rain. The Master Spy Handbook. Lark, 2005 Gr. 4-7.
Followers in the footsteps of Harriet the Spy will relish this helpful catalogue of codes, code-delivery methodologies, disguise tips, tailing practices, and eavesdropping advice as they follow Agent O and his hijinks at the Spy Academy. (BCCB 01/06)

Oldham, Todd. Kid Made Modern. AMMO, 2009 Gr. 4-8
The DIY projects presented here are accompanied by introductions to over a dozen modern artists of the 1930s to the 1960s who have influenced design in a variety of medias, including papermaking, furniture, and fashion. (BCCB 02/10)

Pietromarchi, Sophie Benini. The Book Book. Tara, 2007 Gr. 4-9
 A far cry from a typical craft guide, this introduction to bookmaking first offers inspiration in the form of writing prompts and suggestions for found objects before offering up an accessible guide that will have both middle graders and teens interested in paper crafts. (BCCB 02/08)

Roche, Art. Art for Kids : Comic Strips : Create Your Own Comic Strips from Start to Finish ; Create Characters!, Write Jokes!, Get Published! Lark Books, 2006. Gr. 4-6
A nice touch of humor and an enthusiastic, supportive tone makes this focused comic strip tutorial just right for budding artists in the middle grades. (BCCB 05/07)

Sturm, James. Adventures in Cartooning; written and illus. by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost. Center for Cartoon Studies / First Second/ Roaring Brook, 2009. Gr. 2-5
Aspiring cartoonists and graphic novel neophytes will embrace this introduction to crafting comics and bridging readers will enjoy putting their literary and visual skills into simultaneous action. (BCCB 07/09)

Thomas, Lyn. 100% Pure Fake; illus. by Boris Zaytsev and with photographs by Cheryl Powers. Kids Can, 2009. Gr. 3-6
Even kids who didn’t know they liked how-to will be unable to resist this well-crafted “cookbook” for grossout and scary tricks ranging from very realistic fake barf through exciting faux-scarring to your classic mock dog poo. (BCCB 10/09)

Warwick, Ellen and Bernice Lum. Everywear. Kids Can, 2008 Gr. 5-8.
The full color photographs of fabric-flower-bedecked combs and jazzed-up clutches (among other fabulously creative items) of this DIY guide to accessories will make any kid want to try their hand at bedazzlement. (BCCB 01/09)

Wickings, Ruth. Pop-up: Everything You Need to Know to Create Your Own Pop-up Book; illus. by Frances Castle/ Candlewick, 2010. Gr. 4-7
This over-sized board book is designed to be torn apart, punched out, and reassembled into four rewardingly intricate pop-up scenes and offers plenty of tips and instructions for kids to use their newly accrued skills on other projects as well. (BCCB 12/10)

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