10 awesome activity books + giveaway

In anticipation of warmer weather and time off from school, I give you 10 awesome activity books for a variety of ages.


Art Play by Marion Deuchars. This is an incredible resource for artists 7 and up to play and learn and make art. Exploration is the name of the game.

(I’ve featured Deuchars before, with a Bob the Artist craft!)



DIY ABC by Eleonora Marton. This is for the younger set—so much DIY and drawing fun while exploring the alphabet.








Bigger, also by Eleonora Marton. A super inventive foldout poster kind of book that’s also a ruler. It’s totally hands on and encourages guessing and measuring all kinds of stuff. You kind of have to see this one to understand it—but it’s great!







Me: A Compendium from Wee Society. This is a visual diary that inspires thinking, drawing, and recording.



Journal Sparks by Emily Neuburger. Emily has such a knack for bringing art and ideas to life for kids. This book is no different. It’s full of activities for noticing, for creating, for contemplating.


(Emily stopped by last summer to make potato prints with another activity book!)







Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book for Bold Engineers by Andrea Beaty, illustrations by David Roberts. A perfect companion to Rosie Revere Engineer or on its own (it reprints the story of Rosie at the start). It’s a journal, sketchbook, and manual for designing and engineering projects while helping kids persevere.







Who What Where? by Olivier Tallec. This one is mind-bendingly brilliant and great for practicing observation skills.





Read All About It by Alice Bowsher. This one’s really unusual: a pamphlet that gives you everything you need to write and design your own newspaper pages! Plus, stickers. What fun (and perfect for budding journalists).








The Lost House by B.B. Cronin. A sophisticated seek and find book with electric colors on every spread.










Eric Carle Animal Masks. 15 animal masks to punch out and put on—yes!










I’m giving away three of these activity books! Read All About It, Bigger, and Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book for Bold Engineers (pictured below) are all going to one lucky winer. Simply leave a comment below to be entered to win. (North America only; ends midnight PST Saturday, June 3rd.)






You might also like my post from a couple of years ago on 15 Fabulously Interactive Books for Kids.

30 Responses to 10 awesome activity books + giveaway

  1. Christine says:

    I’ll throw my hat in the ring these all look great, and I have a baby and several nephews who would love them.

  2. Amanda SV says:

    Would love to win!

  3. P K says:

    Wow! These books all look perfect to keep kids busy over summer vacation and for birthday party gifts.

  4. Mayel says:

    These books would have a great home in my kid’s book collection. And ok, I’ll let the Little’s use it too.

  5. Anna says:

    these look great! Awesome picks for summer!!

  6. Nicole says:

    How awesome. My kids would love these this summer!

  7. JJ Wong says:

    It would take me hours to get through each book. They are so creative and stylish. I’d love to win!!! Thanks.

  8. Emi says:

    Awesome book list! Love them all!!! We are going to have to get them.:) Thank you always for sharing your wonderful findings. We still love reading Bob the artist book with our Mattise-y beaks!

  9. Rain says:

    My offspring would love these…who am I kidding – I would LOVE these.

  10. Cathy Ogren says:

    Great choice of books. Looks like lots of fun!

  11. Rachel says:

    Love these

  12. Kathy Mazurowski says:

    Journal Sparks just went on my must get list. Thanks!

  13. Kellie says:

    These are incredible. That Bigger book looks like a must have. So cool.

  14. Lisa B. says:

    My niece and nephew would LOVE these! And I’d love to do the projects with them.

  15. Tori says:

    These all look so great!

  16. Danielle Hittle says:

    These ALL look just fabulous! My kiddos would be so excited to try any of them 🙂

  17. Chris says:

    So many wonderful books! Several of these have been on my radar for a while.

  18. Kristin Duncan says:

    Perfect for Grandma and Grandpa camp

  19. Joy says:

    Such creative books! Thanks for the chance to win.

  20. Lauren Gladulich says:

    Such wonderful books!

  21. You never fail to delight & inspire with your selection of books. I actually ordered Journal Sparks for my girls for the summer, but would love to gift them your other offerings should I be so lucky. Thanks for your important work! xo

  22. Sarah Martin says:

    What a fun selection! I’d love the chance to win!

  23. Wow! Those all look fantastic! Just what we need for keeping kids occupied on our summer move!

  24. Thanks for sharing these activity books. They will make great gifts!

  25. ALL of this books look fabulous! I know many kids who could use these to inspire summer activities. Thanks for highlighting!

  26. CJ Profita says:

    These look so fun! What a great giveaway

  27. taramariet says:

    What a great giveaway! These books look like so much fun!

  28. Jamie Schaller says:

    I would love to win!! Would be perfect for my summer school students!

  29. Sarah Mast says:

    These all look SO fun!

  30. We have a winner, and it’s PK!!

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