Family Friendly Books {Day 1 Giveaway}

by kath_red on 06/06/2011

in Books, Kids Crafts

I am very excited to bring you a week of special giveaways and reviews of books that are perfect for parents and kids wanting to get active, healthy and creative. Thank you to these special publishers who have donated books for the giveaways: Chronicle Books, Klutz, Shambhala Publications and Lark Crafts.

Each day over the next week I will showcasing some very cool books, activities, tutorials and products that will enhance your families creativity, give you some new ideas and ways to get creative, explore the outdoors, learn about science and cooking – all with a family friendly twist.

All in celebration of the upcoming release (tomorrow) of Issue 4 of the Action Pack: a Mega-mag for kids who want do stuff. You can sign up now for our newsletter, grab some freebies, check out some sneak peeks and purchase past issues that never go out of date – all at our new website.

There is one copy of each of these books to give away – so four lucky readers have a chance to get one of these books. To win a copy of one of these books please leave a comment below telling us what you would like to see in future Action Packs (even if you haven’t bought one yet) or if you have bought an Action Pack – what you like best about them and what could be improved. Each day’s competition will be open for 48 hours.

Each day’s competition will be open for 48 hours. And the winner will be contacted via email.

Winners will be contacted via email.

Today’s giveaways are:

Heroes of the Environment: True Stories of People Who Are Helping to Protect Our Planet. By Harriet Rohmer. Published by Chronicle books (August 2009).

Showcasing 12 examples of how regular people (many of them children and teenagers) are making a difference by creating change in their communities and for their environments throughout North America (from Alaska to Mexico). As well as these inspiring stories there is also a chapter on you can get involved and make change in your local community. It has a lovely kid friendly style with beautifully done illustrations too.

The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections. By Amanda Blake Soule. Published by Shambhala (Trumpeter 2008).

I interviewed Amanda about her book back here in 2008, since then she has gone on to publish two more books the most recent of which is due to be released later this year. This is a lovely inspiring book, reminiscent of her blog, full of creative ideas and projects as well as how to live in a meaningful and authentic way with children.

Rubber Band Powered Flying Machines. Published by Klutz. (June 2010).

All you need to make three rubber band powered airplanes. Everything is included in the kit, all materials and instructions. The planes are relatively light weight and not meant for rough play – for ages 8 and up. Seriously good fun.

Kirigami Menagerie: 38 Paper Animals to Copy, Cut & Fold. By Hiroshi Hayakawa. Published by Lark (2009).

Kirigami is a bit like origami – except it includes cutting the paper as well as folding. Kirigami Menagerie is not a small child’s craft book – it is more suited to more older children (and adults) who have a good grasp on using an exacto knife. Read a little more about the author and download a free project template from the book here. You can download patterns from the book here instead of tracing or photocopying them from the book (you will need the instructions from the book to make sense of these patterns).

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For more kids craft, creative ideas and activities go to the Action Pack website