What are the best how-to books for children?

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    #1The Dangerous Book for Boys

    The Dangerous Book for Boys
    The Dangerous Book for Boys is written by Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden features how-tos for children, specifically boys. The book's target ages are from eight to eighty years old.


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    Janet Castillo
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "This book opens up a world of exploration. If you want your kid wrapped in bubble wrap and wearing a helmet just to walk outside, then you probably do not want him reading this book. If you want them to explore bushcraft and science on a kids' level, then buy the book."
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    #2The American Boy's Handy Book

    The American Boy's Handy Book
    The American Boy's Handy Book: What to Do and How to Do It is written by Daniel Carter Beard. Already in its centennial edition, this book features various games and projects that young boys can do during their pastimes. 
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    Moisés Salinas
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "I had this book when I was a child and recently bought a copy for my own son. This book really sparks the imagination and interests and really holds a boys attention. This is perfect for getting your child away from the computer and video games. Highly recommended!"
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    #3Steven Caney's Kids' America

    Steven Caney's Kids' America
    Steven Caney's Kids' America by Steven Caney features aspects of American life as well as activities and projects which children can do. This book is suitable for children ages 4 to 14.
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    Kathryn Munoz
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "It is less a reading book than a DIY guide. Helps with keeping kids active."
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    #4The Kids' Kitchen Take-Over

    The Kids' Kitchen Take-Over

    One of the funniest and better things kids can learn at home is cooking. This classic from 1975 helps parents to teach them about incredible experiments in the kitchen for projects such as maple tree tapping, candle making or snail training.

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    Margaret Gilbert
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "This book could be considered a classic for those who grew up with it. Unfortunately, the experiments, wording, and supplies are somewhat dated. The book itself is out of print and a new book will cost you upwards of $100. In short, probably not the quickest, easiest, or cheapest option for home projects."
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    #5How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself

    How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself
    How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself is a children's how-to book by Robert Paul Smith and illustrated by Elinor Goulding Smith (Illustrator). This book is a 2010 reprint of the original 1958 version. 
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    Kimberly Stanley
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "In a world where even the smallest of toddlers seem to have their eyes glued to a smartphone or tablet, I rejoiced when I saw this book. I remember creating and finding my own entertainment when I was a child and I am so glad that this book arrived so I could use it with my 23-year-old who seems to be challenged with non-tech ways to entertain herself when she is by herself. Awesome book!"
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    #6I Saw a Purple Cow, and 100 Other Recipes for Learning

    I Saw a Purple Cow, and 100 Other Recipes for Learning

    I Saw a Purple Cow, and 100 Other Recipes for Learning is a book by Ann Cole which features crafts, games, trips, and other activities for preschool children's early learning.

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    Ashley Medina
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "I Saw a Purple Cow, and 100 Other Recipes for Learning is a great how-to book for children. There are a lot of activities for preschoolers. This is great for anyone with one or many children. "
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    #7Matutong Magkurbata Kasama Ang Kuneha at ang Soro

    Matutong Magkurbata Kasama Ang Kuneha at ang Soro

    Matutong Magkurbata Kasama Ang Kuneha at ang Soro is a book by Sybrina Durant which is translated to Filipino. It was published in 2013 by Createspace and it contains simple instructions and a song on tying a schoolboy knot in a tie.

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    Andrea Dunn
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "The Tagalog Language version of "Learn To Tie A Tie With The Rabbit and the Fox" is a cute story offering a fun and simple lesson for tying a "school boy knot" in a tie. It's a family activity book meant to make it fun for parents to teach their children the most popular method for tying a tie. It is so easy, in fact, that a very young child can quickly master it, especially with help of this little tale"
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    #8Steven Caney's Playbook

    Steven Caney's Playbook

    Steven Caney's Playbook contains ideas on puzzles, games, and other activities for children to keep them entertained wherever they are. Appropriate for children ages 3 to 10. 

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    Marilyn Collins
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "Book that keeps my nephews entertained for hours."
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    #9A Kid's Guide to Fly Tying

    A Kid's Guide to Fly Tying

    A Kid's Guide to Fly Tying is an instructional book by Tyler Befus which contains an easy-to-understand guide to fly tying. It is suitable for both kids and adults. It was published in 2008 by Johnson Books.

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    Julie Stewart
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "One of the topics that me and my sister have been learning about lately is how to really boost my child's reading comprehension. We came to the conclusion that we should look for the best how-to books for children. I thought that A Kid's Guide to Fly Tying would be beneficial but this book is for a very niche topic."
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    #10Little Miss Wise

    Little Miss Wise

    Little Miss Wise is the twenty-fourth book in the Little Miss series. It is a children's book written by Roger Hargreaves that tells the story of Little Miss Wise. She is always thinking about what is right and not.

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    #11The Zoo's Shoes

    The Zoo's Shoes
    The Zoo's Shoes: Learn to Tie Your Shoelaces! is a children's book by Lynn Brunelle which helps teach children how to tie their shoelaces through the use of a board book which has actual strings attached to it for practical learning. 
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    Russell Gardner
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This was great for my young son. In school, they tried everything to teach him but sometimes the public education system just isn't enough or isn't the right environment. I showed him this and the fun colors immediately made him more interested. He was tying his shoes like a pro in no time, and I couldn't be happier! I wish there was a book like this for every everyday task for kids."
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    #12Anno's Mysterious Multiplying Jar

    Anno's Mysterious Multiplying Jar

    Anno's Mysterious Multiplying Jar is a book by Mitsumasa Anno and Masaichiro Anno. It is a math learning books for kids. This fun book is packed with simple text that can be easily understood by young readers. 

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    Adrián Vega
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "Not really a how to book and I definitely wouldn't give it to a child. "
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    #13My Little Pony: The Dance Recital

    My Little Pony: The Dance Recital

    My Little Pony: The Dance Recital is a book by Hasboro Inc. that tells the story of a fun dance recital of the ponies. It was colorful, fun and full of grace that will add to the delight of the young readers. 

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    Juan Hernandez
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "The books old, but still good for children of today"
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    #14My Little Pony: Pony Party

    My Little Pony: Pony Party

    My Little Pony: Pony Party is a book by Kate Egan that tells the story of Pinkie Pig. She struggles with deciding what to wear. She will wear a unicorn costume but it will be ruined. What will she do next?

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    Karen Rose
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This is a cute children's book, but it is not a how-to. It's more of a storybook. I'd look elsewhere for a how-to for kids."
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    #15Mr. Funny

    Mr. Funny
    Mr. Funny is the eighteenth book in the Mr. Men series written by Roger Hargreaves that tells the story of Mr. Funny. He is friends with Miss Giggle and other funny characters who leaves in a teapot. 
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    Gary Fisher
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Mr. Funny is a great funny, silly kids book. I read it with my youngest niece and she always ends up in giggles. The kids always love when a new Mr. Men book comes out."
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    #16Me On The Map

    Me On The Map
    Me On The Map is a children's picture book written by Joan Sweeney and illustrated by Annete Cable. It aims to introduce children to the concept of maps and how to make them by showing maps in different scales.
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    Esperanza Villegas
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "This book helped my 4 yr. old granddaughter to get a better grasp of where we are in relation to the world. She enjoyed it but she is still a bit young to totally grasp the concept. I will continue reading it from time to time as she can better understand it. I would think it is perfect for a 5-7 yr. old. It is colorful, with great pictures and does a great job of beginning in the child's room and eventually finding her place in the world."
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    #17Mr. Lazy

    Mr. Lazy

    Mr. Lazy is the seventh book in the Mr. Men series, a children's book written by Roger Hargreaves that tells the story Mr. Lazy. He is always sleepy and does nothing but Mr. Busy and Bustle will knock him.

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    George Hall
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Adorable little book. Kids love Roger Hargreaves' books. Cool how to book. "
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    #18Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3

    Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3

    Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 is a picture book for children written by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson, with illustrations by Lois Ehlert. It aims to teach children about the concept of the number zero.

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    Carolyn Watson
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "This is just the sort of thing that should come up with a query like this. The book is perfectly suited for children, it's educational, and it's enjoyable."
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    #19Kids Show Kids How to Make Balloon Animals

    Kids Show Kids How to Make Balloon Animals

    Kids Show Kids How to Make Balloon Animals is a picture book for children by Emily Faith and Elizabeth Chauffe which contains full-color pictures of kids teaching other kids how to tie different types of balloon animals easily. 

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    Howard Ortiz
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "My daughter loves balloon animals so I thought I would get this book to show her how to make them herself. Unfortunately she is still a bit young for it but she enjoys me making them for her. Book was very easy to follow and I know she'll eventually be able to use it herself."
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    #20Finger Strings

    Finger Strings

    Finger Strings: A Book of Cat’s Cradles and String Figures is a step-by-step instruction book for children by Michael Taylor which contains more than eighty games and stories using strings. It was published in 2008 by Floris Books.

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    #21Dominic Ties His Shoes

    Dominic Ties His Shoes

    Dominic Ties His Shoes is a fiction book for children by Etta Sare which follows the story of Dominic who needs to learn how to tie the laces of his new shoes. It was published in 2011 by Tate Publishing & Enterprises.

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    Carl Murray
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "For f's sake, this is a book about tying shoes, not a how to guide. Parents, do your goddamn job, and teach your children. If you fall back onto a book for as something as simple as tying shoes then you're failing at your job of being a parent."
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    #22Knot Again!

    Knot Again!

    Knot Again! is a fiction book for children by Margaret A. Hartelius which contains dozens of craft project ideas with instructions on how to make lanyards, friendship bracelets, and more. It was published in 2003 by Grosset & Dunlap.

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    #23The Shoelace Book

    The Shoelace Book

    The Shoelace Book: A Mathematical Guide to the Best (And Worst) Ways to Lace Your Shoes is an instructional children's book by Burkard Polster which mixes shoe lacing with mathematics. It was published by the American Mathematical Society.

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    Amy Welch
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The book is VERY informative and backed up by research. Although, as I recall teaching my girls how to tie their shoes, they were not able to comprehend scholarly writings and diagrams. I feel like this is an amazing resource for those who are teaching children how to tie their shoes. "
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    #24My First Book of Knots

    My First Book of Knots

    My First Book of Knots is an instructional children's book by Berndt Sundsten which contains instructions on how to tie knots which are commonly used in fishing, farming, camping, and more. It was published in 2009 by Skyhorse Publishing. 

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    Kelly Gonzalez
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "very informative and helpful"
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    #25Sydney Bunny Learns to Tie

    Sydney Bunny Learns to Tie

    Sydney Bunny Learns to Tie is a fiction children's book by Deborah Schnell. It was published in 2012 by FriesenPress and is about Sydney, a bunny whose movements in the story provide instructions to young children on tying their laces.

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    #26Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry

    Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry
    Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry is a book by Cindy Neuschwander that tells the story of Zills family. They visited Egypt and siblings Matt and Bibi got trapped in a pyramid. Their math knowledge will save them and help them escape. 
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    Rakesh Bhatnagar
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "This is a good how-to book for children. I like this book."
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