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[Nonfiction Wednesday] Arts and Crafts for the “Curious Jane” in Your Life

Curious Jane started eight years ago as a summer camp in Brooklyn...


We are delighted to join the Nonfiction Picture Book meme 2018 hosted by Alyson Beecher @ Kid Lit Frenzy. We would also be linking our nonfiction choices with our reading themes throughout the year, when we can.


Curious Jane

Science + Design + Engineering for Inquisitive Girls

Edited by Samantha of Curious Jane
Illustrations by Elissa Josse and Bethany Robertson
Published by Sterling Children’s Books (2017)
ISBN-10: 1454922354
ISBN-13: 9781454922353
Copy provided by Wayne County Public Library.

Packed with inventive fun, the 34 hands-on projects in this book introduce science + design + engineering concepts. Curious Jane brings interactive projects and DIY fun to girls everywhere—for making, creating, designing, and inventing.

In her introduction, Samantha noted that Curious Jane started eight years ago as a summer camp in Brooklyn for her daughters and their friends. This is their first book and it contains some of their favorite projects. The book is divided into five major sections: DIY Double-Time, Spa Science, Engineering 101, Spy Science, and DIY Your Room.

The goal of Curious Jane is to create projects that make use of everyday supplies and would still be a lot of fun to do. My favorites in the book include wishes-and-dreams jar, toss-and-talk ball (great for conversation starter!), washi tape frames, peppermint foot scrub, bath salts, fizzy bath bombs, screen printing, and paint chip calendar. In addition to these activities, Samantha also included fun facts and tidbits related to some projects. If you’re into crafts and DIY projects, you might want to check this book out.

For more details about Curious Jane programs and workshops, visit Curious Jane’s website.

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Fats is the Assistant Manager for Circulation Services at the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, Ohio. She considers herself a reader of all sorts, although she needs to work on her non-fiction reading. Fats likes a good mystery but is not too fond of thrillers. She takes book hoarding seriously and enjoys collecting bookmarks and tote bags. When she is not reading, Fats likes to shop pet apparel for her cat Penny (who absolutely loathes it).

3 comments on “[Nonfiction Wednesday] Arts and Crafts for the “Curious Jane” in Your Life

  1. This does sound like lots of fun. My 3rd-grade granddaughter loves projects like this. Thanks, Fats!


  2. annettepimentel

    I wasn’t acquainted with Curious Jane before your post. Thanks for putting it on my radar!


  3. This looks great. This fits perfectly with a lot of customers!


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