Monday Children’s Book Reviews for December 14, 2015

hot chocolateWant to try your hand at making gifts this year? Find help at the Library!

cool sewing for kidsCool Sewing for Kids by Alex Kuskowski

“Provides step-by-step, illustrated instructions for sewing projects, including a tote, pillow, and pencil case.”  [J746 KUSKOWSKI]

kids guide to sewingA Kid’s  Guide to Sewing: Learn to Sew with Sophie and Her Friends: 16 Fun Projects You’ll Love to Make and Use by Sophie Kerr

“In this book by well-known modern quilters Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr along with their 11-year-old daughter Sophie Kerr, kids will learn how to navigate a sewing machine, make smart fabric choices, and use basic sewing tools. Sixteen kid-friendly projects run the gamut from clothes to bags to accessories while clear, step-by-step instructions walk kids through the creation of each. Throughout the book, tips from Sophie offer design and construction advice from a kid’s perspective. The book ‘grows’ with the sewist, offering more complex projects as the reader’s skills develop.”                  [J646.2044 KERR]

simply sewingSimply Sewing by Judy Ann Sadler

“Features a vast array of unique sewing projects, including tote bags, wraps, and ways to transform ordinary apparel into fashion masterpieces, that are accompanied by step-by-step instructions, hand-sewing stitches, and fabric facts.”         [J646.2 SADLER]

cool knitting for kidsCool Knitting for Kids: A Fun and Creative Introduction to Fiber Arts by Alex Kuskowski

“Provides step-by-step, illustrated instructions for knitting projects, including mitts, scarf, and bag.”                    [J746.432 KUSKOWSKI]

12 easy knitting projects12 Easy Knitting Projects by Peg Blanchette and Terri Thibault

“This title is suitable for ages 9 to 12 years. Even if you have never picked up knitting needles before, Peg and Terri will have you knitting in no time flat! This title includes 12 all new projects that use the `coolest` of the `hot` new yarns. Each pattern includes: how-to-do-it, step-by-step illustrations, what you need, and the simple stitches to know. Make some outstanding new knitted essentials, including fuzzy scarves, a sparkly metallic-yarn hip bag, great ski hats, a stylish halter top, and some toasty mittens, too.”                 [J746.432 BLANCHETTE]

teen knitting clubTeen Knitting Club: Chill Out and Knit by Jennifer Wenger

“All over the country, kids are picking up knitting needles and wildly colorful yarns to make really cool clothes and other fabulous stuff–from cozy chenille scarves to snuggly shawls, funky rag bags to furry tank tops, whimsical brimmed hats to classy cardigans. Whether on their own or together with friends in after-school clubs, recreation centers, or even yarn shops, these kids are discovering that knitting is more than learning basic stitches and following pattern directions.”                 [J746.432 WENGER]

crochet for kidsCrochet for Kids: Basic Techniques and Great Projects That Kids Can Make Themselves by Franziska Heidenreich

“With this book, kids (and tweens) can learn to crochet accessories and toys all by themselves.

• Simple, easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions and photos show basic crochet techniques and the challenging parts of each project
• The patterns start very simple, with chains used as shoelaces, and build to relatively advanced projects such as afghans and stuffed toys
• Fun, colorful projects will appeal to boys and girls aged 7 to 13
• 29 projects (12 beginner, 11 intermediate, and 6 advanced) include friendship bracelets, berets and caps, embellishments for shirts and scarves, fingerless mitts, messenger bags, and more”     [J746.434 HEIDENREICH]

handmade giftsHandmade Gifts by Margaret Parrish

“Features step-by-step instructions for candle making, crocheting, paper-crafting, and baking over seventy projects that can be given as meaningful, hand-crafted gifts.”        [745.59 HANDMADE]

family fun homemadeFamilyFun Homemade Holidays by Deanna F. Cook

“A collection of more than 150 family projects for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. Includes easy recipes, gifts that children can make, party plans, and directions for making decorations.”              [ J745.59416 FAMILYFUN]

merry christmas cookbookA Merry Christmas Cookbook by Cristina Garces

“Treat your taste buds to a feast of traditional holiday delights! With simple step-by-step instructions, helpful cooking tips, color photographs, and charming character art, this book is the perfect way for parents and children to make holiday magic in the kitchen! A rating system lets kids know how difficult the recipes are, and cooking tips are sprinkled throughout. Kids will enjoy making Rolly’s Spotted Cranberry Pancakes, Sugar Rush Popcorn Gumdrop Garland and Anna’s Frozen Ice Candy!”                     [J641.5686 GARCES]

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