DiPucchio, Kelly. 2012. CRAFTY CHLOE. Ill. by Heather Ross. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9781442421233 [Suggested Grade Level K-3]
While not the best at dance, sports or video games, there is one arena in which youngster Chloe excels. Chloe is crafty. There is nothing she loves more than her art supplies…especially googly-eyes! As she always says “…anything is less boring with googly-eyes on it.”
Conflict arises when Chloe is invited to Emma’s birthday party and her gift plans go awry. Determined to make the best of the situation, CRAFTY CHLOE turns to her art supplies and bottomless creativity to resolve the situation.
While the main characters are female, and there is an abundance of pink, and frills in the illustrations, this story is about more that gluing glitter to a page, but highlights the perils of navigating peer relationships.
Too often art projects in school or the library can be very specific and directed. Allow children the time to create their own home-crafted projects. If you prefer more direction, you can check out the book’s website craftychloe.com.
Some additional resources for crafts projects:
Threadgould, Tiffany. REMAKE IT! RECYCLING PROJECTS FROM THE STUFF YOU USUALLY SCRAP. ISBN 9781402771941
Goldschadt, Sarah. CRAFT-A-DAY. ISBN 9781594745959
By Marianne Crandall Follis