14 Best Books About Building For Preschoolers Update 05/2022

Books About Building For Preschoolers

A lot of people don’t know that that acronym isn’t just a way to say, “coding.” It means a lot more than that. Shockingly, science, technology, engineering, math, and art (and, more and more, art) have a lot of non-digital applications. How about building the homes and offices where all those app and game designers will one day live and work? There are also a lot of ways to teach kids about those skills that aren’t based on technology. It might be interesting to read these 9 books about builders (also spelled architect).

Iggy Peck Architect by Andrea Beaty ($11)

Ages: 4-8

Iggy Peck Architect by Andrea Beaty

Iggy’s parents have been encouraging him to be an architect since he made his first leaning tower of dirty diapers. His second grade teacher doesn’t want to talk about it. This story shows that you should never give up on your dream of pretending to be an architect, no matter what anyone says. When the class gets stuck on an island during a field trip, Iggy is the only one who can build a bridge to save them.

If I Built A House by Chris Van Dusen ($13)

Ages: 3-5

As soon as young Jack realized that his part-boat, part-submarine, and part-rocket car from the E.B. White Award-winning If I Built A Car needed a place to park, he came up with the world’s wackiest playhouse that Pee-Wee ever built! Kids will be inspired to come up with their own crazy ways to get the city to change its rules when they see this. It has a big slide, a flying room, and, of course, a racetrack.

Young Frank, Architect by Frank Viva ($13)

Ages: 3-8

It’s a heartwarming story and a shameless plug for the Museum of Modern Art. Young Frank tells Old Frank that architects aren’t just people who build things. You should not be surprised if your child is inspired to try to build a tower out of pancakes. Young Frank makes towers out of anything he can find.

Home by Carson Ellis ($12)

Ages: 4-8

Carson Ellis’ first picture book looks at the places people call home, including a certain shoe that has so many kids living in it that TLC hasn’t sent a crew there. Ellis is the artist for the Decemberists, and she and her husband, the band’s frontman, Colin Meloy, wrote the Wildwood Chronicles together. If you like indie rock or fantasy, you’re either a fan of Ellis’ work or a tween.

How A House Is Built by Gail Gibbons ($8)

Ages: 5+

How A House Is Built by Gail Gibbons

The answer “Daddy hires a bunch of guys who know what they’re doing” isn’t the best one. You should buy this book and read it to your child, even if you don’t want to say that. Because it talks about the jobs of surveyors, heavy machinery operators, carpenters, and plumbers, all of which are good jobs for the union.

Roberto The Insect Architect by Nina Laden ($14)

Ages: 7-9

A termite living in a small town wants to build with wood, not eat it. To do this, he goes on a “bright lights, Bug City” journey of self-discovery and great insect puns. If you show kids the mixed-media collages of mashed-up cities and famous buildings, they’ll come back to see what they missed the first time around. This is also true for things like the architect “Hank Floyd Mite.” Kids, shoot puns, not guns.

Building on Nature: The Life of Antoni Gaudi by Rachel Victoria Rodriguez and Julie Paschkis ($13)

Ages: 5-9

An early love of nature helped shape the architect’s life and work. The architect’s signature building has been under construction since 1883. This biography shows how that love of nature helped shape his life and work. A procrastinator, someone who wants to be on the first plane out to Spain, or someone who seamlessly blends nature into art are all possibilities for your child. One of three shots.

The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale by Steven Guarnaccia ($15)

Ages: 3-5

In this case, you might want to think twice about giving your child any straw. They should send in an application because they sound like they’re having a lot of fun. People who made Frank Gehry, Phillip Johnson, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s homes look like pigs and their homes in this version. No, falling water does not scare away wolves as well as bricks.

Sunrise to High-Rise by Lucy Dalzell ($16)

Ages: 7+

Sunrise to High-Rise by Lucy Dalzell

A beautiful timeline of the most important, iconic, or postcard-worthy buildings that have been built since the New Stone Age. Even if your kids still don’t agree with Frank Lloyd Wright that architecture is the “mother of all arts,” maybe they’ll become an illustrator.

Changes, Changes by Pat Hutchins

changes, changes is a book by Pat Hutchins that doesn’t have any words. It’s about a wooden couple who change their building block home into other things when the house starts to burn down. Children can tell the story in their own words with this clever little book.

Block City by Robert Louis Stevenson

One of the books we learned about last year at our kids’ museum was Block City by Robert Louis Stevenson, which is about how to build things, and we read it. The illustrations are so beautiful! I love them!

When I Build With Blocks by Niki Alling

When I Build With Blocks by Niki Alling

When I Build With Blocks by Niki Alling is a cute little book that little kids like. In the illustrations, you can see what kinds of things kids can build, from space to the oceans.

If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen 

The book If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen is about what Jack would put in his dream house. It’s a cute little book. My favorite thing about the illustrations is that there are a lot of blueprints and blocks all over the place.

Arches to Zigzags: An Architecture ABC by Michael J. Crosbie

An ABC book called Arches to Zigzags: An Architecture ABC by Michael J. Crosbie is a great way to teach kids about architecture. In this book, there are also real-life photos. This is another thing that I like about this book.

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