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21st Century Kids: Giving DIY Gifts

Mona Gilbert, Children's Librarian, Northridge Branch Library,
Family making crafts with online tutorial
“Come right up close to me and I will show you something wonderful.”—Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach

Handmade gifts will always hold a special place in a receiver's heart. Parents save everything their child has made, and friends treasure special handmade gifts. Therefore, shopping at a busy mall is not the only way to spread holiday cheer. A variety of handicrafts and home bake goods offer alternatives to store-bought items and add a personal touch as well. The Los Angeles Public Library offers an abundance of books to make gifts for family and friends this holiday season.

“I am a maker.
I am making something new.
With my hands, my head, my heart,
That’s what makers do”
—Excerpted from the poem: Maker. With My Hands: Poems About Making Things, by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater


Crafty Books to Read


Book cover for Stitch Camp: 18 Crafty Projects for Kids & Tweens
Stitch Camp: 18 Crafty Projects for Kids & Tweens
Blum, Nicole

Book cover for Cards and Wrapping Paper
Cards and Wrapping Paper
Storey, Rita

Book cover for Crafty Gifts
Crafty Gifts
Bull, Jane

Book cover for Baking Class: 50 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Bake!
Baking Class: 50 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Bake!
Cook, Deanna F.

Book cover for Stone Painting for Kids
Stone Painting for Kids
Bac, F. Sehnaz

Book cover for Fun and Easy Crafting With Recycled Materials
Fun and Easy Crafting With Recycled Materials
McLeod, Kimberly

Book cover for Gifts in Jars: Homemade Cookie Mixes, Soup Mixes, Candles, Lotions, Teas, and More!
Gifts in Jars: Homemade Cookie Mixes, Soup Mixes, Candles, Lotions, Teas, and More!
Wise, Natalie

Book cover for Amazing Origami Gifts
Amazing Origami Gifts
Ives, Rob

Book cover for Cool Knitting for Kids: A Fun and Creative Introduction to Fiber Art
Cool Knitting for Kids: A Fun and Creative Introduction to Fiber Art
Kuskowski, Alex


 

 

 

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