15 Adorable Children’s Books For Your Little Architect

Some kids wonder how babies are made and some kids wonder how you get a bridge to stay up in the wind. These are for the latter.

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1. The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale written and illustrated by Steven Guarnaccia

 

We all know the story of the three little pigs. But in Steve Guarnaccia’s edition of the classic TAIL (get it?!) the three pigs are Frank Lloyd Wright, Philip Johnson, and Frank Gehry and they’re here to teach your little one about the different types of supplies and houses that they create.

Grab it here.

2. Iggy Peck, Architect written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts

Much like your child, Iggy has a passion for building. But when his second-grade teacher declares her dislike of architecture, Iggy must fight for what he loves.

Grab it here.

3. The Story of Buildings: From the Pyramids to the Sydney Opera House and Beyond written by Patrick Dillon and illustrated by Stephen Biesty

You’ll learn just as much as your little reader with this one. Each building is broken down to its most basic components so you can learn from the ground up (literally).

Grab it here.

4. Roberto, The Insect Architect written and illustrated by Nina Laden

Roberto has always wanted to be an architect. But his wood-eating termite family and friend discouraged him from pursuing the occupation. So Roberto went to the only place he could follow his dream, Bug City. There he makes friends who push him to make something special.

Grab it here.

5. If I Built A House by Chris Van Dusen

Ever wonder what a kid’s dream house would be like? Chris Van Dusen shows you through they eyes of his character Jack.

Grab it here.

6. If I Built A Car written and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen

Jack is back! But this time he is building his dream car.

Grab it here.

7. Young Frank, Architect by Frank Vita

Young Frank follows Young Frank, an aspiring architect and his grandfather Old Frank, as they explore the ins and outs of the art museum and learn to love architecture all over again.

Grab it here.

8. Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beatty

Quiet during the day Rosie comes alive at night when she is free to invent gizmos and gadgets. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions that she’s always secretly wanted to fly, Rosie knows it’s her duty to make her Aunts dream come true. But when her invention doesn’t work Rosie is upset with her failure. That’s when Aunt Rose teaches her that the only way to fail is to not try.

Grab it here.

9. Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing written by April Jones Prince and illustrated by Francois Roca

Not only is this story a great way to learn about the structure and importance of bridges it is also based in historical fact. In 1884, P. T. Barnum (yep, of Barnum & Bailey Circus) led a procession of 21 elephants across the bridge to prove how strong it was. Yes, really!

Grab it here.

10. Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction written and illustrated by David Macaulay

 

David Macaulay’s books are classic children’s literature and a major cornerstone for budding architects. Macaulay picks a large scale building and breaks it down and then further down and then even further down. By the end your kid will never be able to ask “why?” again.

Grab it here. He also has a collection of books about other structures including mosques and castles.

11. Underground written and illustrated by David Macaulay

Enjoy Macaulay’s work but are looking for something a bit more modern? Well, he’s released a book in his classic style but about how important underground building is to a functioning city. A perfect read for a city dweller.

Grab it here.

12. Sky High written by Germano Zullo and illustrated by Albertine

Originally a french story, Sky High follows two neighbors as they compete to build the most extravagant and amazing house possible. And it’s pretty extravagant.

Grab it here.

13. Moxie: The Dachshund of Fallingwater written and illustrated by Cara Armstrong

Allow your child to experience Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous house through the eyes of an adorable little dog. What could be better?

Grab it here.

14. Architecture According to Pigeons by Stella Gurney

Speck Lee Tailfeather, a pigeon, takes you on a journey around the world offering a once in a lifetime “bird’s eye view” of such important structures as the Taj Mahal, Golden Gate Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.

Grab it here.

15. How a House Is Built written and illustrated by Gail Gibbons

Describes how the surveyor, heavy machinery operators, carpenter crew, plumbers, and other workers build a house.

Grab it here.

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