As I’ve mentioned before, I love looking through my children’s books. Sometimes, when I am overwhelmed at the book store or at the library, I will steal away into the children’s section. I always come away with renewed joy.
These books make me especially happy. If you have a budding architect in the family, I highly recommend them. You don’t have to hand them out or add them to the curriculum. Just strew them.
This is a fun story with great illustrations for the youngest. Little Iggy Peck just can’t stop building. You’ll love reading it aloud: it rhymes and the book is just a joy. And who can forget the tower of diapers?
For the Artist Architects
If your child likes to draw buildings, The Future Architect’s Handbook and Draw 50 Buildings and Other Structures: The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Castles and Cathedrals, Skyscrapers and Bridges, and So Much More… are excellent book choices.
Both focus on drawing buildings in a step by step fashion that children ages 9 and beyond will find helpful and fun.
If your child likes building but prefers to use LEGO for it, this is an excellent accompaniment to grow his talents. The LEGO Architect will give him inspiration for different styles and then use LEGO to build the structures.
Connecting history & architecture / for the fact fiend
If you have a trivia or history buff like my child, (he adores the Guinness Book of World Records) The Story of Buildings: From the Pyramids to the Sydney Opera House and Beyond is a don’t miss! It is a narrative history of various buildings with some fascinating details and lovely illustrations.
Also, Houses and Homes (from the See Through History series) is another excellent addition to your little architect’s library. Chock full of illustrations and trivia, it includes details about places like a Mayan home, an Assyrian palace and a French chateau.
Okay, so not everything-everything, as my daughter likes to clarify, but all he has written about buildings. Macaulay is my favorite writer for architecture. His books are just beautiful – even the simple black and white ones. And imagine my thrill when I recently discovered they are now in color and revised! You must check him out.