A Book List for Young Architects

A Book List For Young Architects

Taking a close look at the development of buildings over time is such a wonderful starting point for architecture and engineering.

The following titles are perfect for your young architect…

A Book List for Young Architects
  1. Architecture According to Pigeons by Speck Lee Tailfeather
  2. Iggy Peck Architect by Andrea Beaty
  3. Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty
  4. Walk This World by Jenny Broom
  5. From Mud Huts to Sky Scrapers by Christine Paxmann
  6. The Story of Buildings by Patrick Dillon
  7. All the Buildings in New York: That I’ve Drawn So Far by James Gulliver Hancock
  8. Lego Architecture: The Visual Guide by Philip Wilkinson

There are also some apps which encourage building, such as Toca Boca Builders and Minecraft. Oh Minecraft, you are amazing, but also a little too addictive for our School Boy, so we have to have very strict time limits.

This year, we plan on looking at buildings in our community and sketching them as we sit and spend time in the city or capturing them with a digital camera to view at home. We hope to create a little journal of buildings, which inlcude acts such as architect, date of build, etc.  There’s so much to take in once you start to notice the details…

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Rebecca has a love for travel, the outdoors, and picture books, and enjoys spending her time sourcing delightful educational experiences to share with her two sons.With a background in early childhood and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Tasmania, Rebecca teaches at a private all girls school in Australia. Her passion for the philosophies of Reggio Emilia and Maria Montessori lead Rebecca to Playful Learning many years ago when she first enrolled in the online Playful Learning Spaces workshop.  She shortly became a regular contributor, mainly focusing on children’s literature. Rebecca is currently working on a modern day primer for children, called Alphabet Town under the label bec + georg.



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    1. They are from left to right

      1. Pigeon Architecture
      2. The Story of Buildings
      3. Usborne 365 Things to Make and Do (not in the list as this is the only page that pertains to architecture)


  1. Wonderful idea… What is the book at the top right with the spiral binding on the picture where your child is drawing? I can’t seem to find it in the list you provide.

    1. It is published by Usborne and called 365 things To Make and Do. This is the only page related to buildings so I did not include it in the list. It’s a guide to drawing a city street with different styled roofs and windows. Beautiful double page…

  2. This is wonderful, thank you! There is also another book I use for teaching architecture in classrooms preK- 3rd grade. It is called Roberto the Insect Architect by Nina Laden.

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