Books & How-Tos

List of the best books on tutorials, projects, & pedagogy for maker learning

The Essential Maker Education Book List

Meet 150 makers working at the intersection of art science & technology
by Karen Wilkerson
Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom
by Sylvia Libow Martinez
Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn
by Colleen Graves
Cultivating Creativity through Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play
by Mitch Resnick
28 Super Cool Projects
by Jack Challoner
Tools & Techniques for Building Great Tech Projects
by Chris Hackett

Here are a selection of classes that would be good starting points to expand your own knowledge about a new topic and get ideas for activities to integrate into your class. They have 100+ titles that range from very bad to fantastic. Below are three categories of Make: books and some of the best titles from them.

Tons of the Make: Book Series is available at the Chicago Public Library!

Getting Started

These are all introductory books on a range of different topics. These books are useful for sparking ideas and gaining new perspectives. *Suggestion* Don't bother buying any of these, find them at the library, the content is usually pretty light overall.


Make: Book Series focused on using electronics when making. Books serve as good reference materials and span from total beginner to advanced user.