Architecture: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about architecture?

As you can see, this list of kids books about architecture is a work in progress! We’re currently exploring the best books available, and we’d love your input. If you have a title you’d suggest including on our list of kids books about architecture, please share it with us!

We’ll be featuring a variety of titles on our list, from well known classics to popular bestsellers to lesser known titles that deserve a bigger audience. We’re also including books for a range of ages, from board books for babies and toddlers, to picture books for preschool and kindergarten age kids, to chapter books for early elementary age kids.

We’d love to hear any book suggestions you have—you can comment below or email us at [email protected].

When Jackie Saved Grand Central book
#1
When Jackie Saved Grand Central
Written by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Before she was an iconic First Lady of the United States, Jackie Kennedy was a born-and-raised New Yorker. She loved everything about her city, from the natural beauty of the parks to the architectural history of the buildings. So when the owners of Grand Central wanted to build a skyscraper on top of the famous train station, Jackie knew they had to be stopped. She helped inspire thousands of people to come together and fight to protect the historic landmark. From letter-writing campaigns all the way to the Supreme Court, this little-known story celebrates winning in the face of immeasurable odds and how one person can make a big difference.

Iggy Peck, Architect book
#2
Iggy Peck, Architect
Written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

This beloved New York Times bestselling picture book is a fun-filled, inspiring story about the power of teamwork and the importance of celebrating individual gifts and self-expression.

And now you can follow Iggy’s further adventures—with his friends Rosie Revere and Ada Twist—in the instant New York Times bestseller Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters, an all-new chapter book starring The Questioneers!

Some kids sculpt sand castles. Some make mud pies. Some construct great block towers. But none are better at building than Iggy Peck, who once erected a life-size replica of the Great Sphinx on his front lawn! It’s too bad that few people appreciate Iggy’s talent—certainly not his second-grade teacher, Miss Lila Greer. It looks as if Iggy will have to trade in his T square for a box of crayons . . . until a fateful field trip proves just how useful a mast builder can be.

If You Lived Here book
#3
If You Lived Here
Written and illustrated by Giles Laroche
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Features intricately detailed, bas-relief collage spreads of dwellings in other world regions and historical times to explain how different people live and have lived—from a village house in South Africa that tells the story of its family to a floating green house in the Netherlands. 20,000 first printing.

Dreaming Up book
#4
Dreaming Up
Written and illustrated by Christy Hale
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-10

Cup on cup stacking up, smaller, smaller, and growing taller!

Children building— Concrete poetry—

Pair them with notable structures from around the world and see children’s constructions taken to the level of architectural treasures.

Here is a unique celebration of children’s playtime explorations and the surprising ways childhood experiences find expression in the dreams and works of innovative architects.

Come be inspired to play—dream—build—discover!

The Shape of the World: A Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright book
#5
The Shape of the World: A Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A little boy who loves to find shapes in nature grows up to be one of America’s greatest architects in this inspiring biography of Frank Lloyd Wright.

When Frank Lloyd Wright was a baby, his mother dreamed that he would become a great architect. She gave him blocks to play with and he learned that shapes are made up of many other shapes. As he grew up, he loved finding shapes in nature. Wright went on to study architecture and create buildings that were one with the natural world around them. He became known as one of the greatest American architects of all time.

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