When Klutz first showed up on the market in the 1977 with their “Juggling for the Complete Klutz” (which is still in print), they were primarily a juggling supply company. Half of my juggling supplies, including my juggling penguins and my juggling moose, came from Klutz. In addition, to the juggling book, Klutz also specialized in hands on arts and craft books, science books, geography books, and a host of other miscellaneous subjects. Their Explorabook: A Kid’s Science Museum in a Book was possibly one of the best children’s science books ever published. By the time the company sold to Nelvana in 2000 and then Scholastic Books (same company as Harry Potter), they had some 125 titles in print.
If you are interested in kids learning how to do something, from building smashbots (robots that are designed, specifically, to smash into things) to fingerknitting a scarf to keep you warm to dressing up paperdoll dogs, Klutz books are an excellent place to start. The books are quirky, well written, include everything you need to tackle a project, and are ideal for kids eight and up (except for the paper doll dogs–those are five and up).
New to the Shelves (and some old favorites)…