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Looking to introduce a young cottager to the workshop? Here are some books to get them (and you) started.
1. Girls Garage: How to Use Any Tool, Tackle Any Project, and Build the World You Want to See
Emily Pilloton worked in architecture and construction before she started Girls Garage, a non-profit that teaches basic carpentry and repair skills to young women ages 14 and up. Billed as “the only book you’ll ever need for a lifetime of building and repair,” Girls Garage features 175 illustrated tool guides, 11 projects, and 21 essential skills, and it also showcases 15 real-world girls and women. $43, Indigo
2. Rosie Revere, Engineer
The only thing that Rosie Revere’s great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) wants to do is fly. Luckily, Rosie is a talented inventor of all sorts of gadgets, and she’s determined to help. Although Rosie fails at first, she learns to keep trying—an important lesson for any maker in training. $23, Indigo
3. Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book for Bold Engineers
DIYers are always thinking about the next challenge. Rosie Revere’s Big Project Book for Bold Engineers accompanies Rosie Revere, Engineer. It includes more than 40 projects that kids can invent, draw, and make, including a solar oven and a dog treat dispenser. $18, Indigo
4. The Guide to Woodworking with Kids: Craft Projects to Develop the Lifelong Skills of Young Makers
Doug Stowe has spent 20 years teaching students K-12 how to work with wood. The Guide to Woodworking with Kids helps parents, grandparents, and guardians safely teach little ones the skills they need as future craftspeople. It also features 15 hands-on projects, such as a toy train and a basic tool box, to help kids master the basics. $30, Amazon