Sunday, January 16, 2011

Need a Recommendation

An elementary school teacher friend of mine, who teaches 2nd and 3rd graders, needs age-appropriate books about toy design. Design, invention, toy testing...anything along those lines, I think. All I could come up with is Marla Frazee's Santa Claus: The World's Number One Toy Expert, and it's a little lean on real-world information.

Little help?


Will Strong said...

Secret Science Alliance by Eleanor Davis

It's fiction and it's more about inventing in general than it is about toys. But it is a GREAT book.

A couple of great websites on making toys out of everyday items:

Jennifer said...

The way toys work by Ed Sobey - I have this in my teen section and it's a bit older, but it would work with some help from an adult - and it might have a helpful bibliography.

McGeath said...

Try "The Unusual Mind of Vincent Shadow" by Tim Kehoe. It's a fiction tale about a boy who invents crazy toys. It's a quick read and includes a book of the crazy inventions. It's good for kids 5 - 10.

Sarah said...

Maybe, just maybe: If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen.