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Repairing, Reusing And Repurposing: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about repairing, reusing and repurposing?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to repairing, reusing and repurposing. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about repairing, reusing and repurposing.

Our list includes picture books and chapter books. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about repairing, reusing and repurposing, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like The Bingity-Bangity School Bus to popular sellers like Wrecking Ball to some of our favorite hidden gems like Greta and the Giants: inspired by Greta Thunberg’s stand to save the world.

We hope this list of kids books about repairing, reusing and repurposing can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Greta and the Giants: inspired by Greta Thunberg's stand to save the world
Written by Zoe Tucker & illustrated by Zoe Persico
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

This inspiring picture book retells the story of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greta Thunberg—the Swedish teenager who has led a global movement to raise awareness about the world’s climate crisis—using allegory to make this important topic accessible to young children. Greta is a little girl who lives in a beautiful forest threatened by Giants. When the Giants first came to the forest, they chopped down trees to make houses. Then they chopped down more trees and made even bigger homes. The houses grew into towns and the towns grew into cities, until now there is hardly any forest left. Greta knows she has to help the animals who live in the forest, but how? Luckily, Greta has an idea… A section at the back explains that, in reality, the fight against the “giants” isn’t over and explains how you can help Greta in her fight. This book has been printed sustainably in the US on 100% recycled paper. By buying a copy of this book, you are making a donation of 3% of the cover price to 350.org.

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Home Depot Big Book of Tools
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Tools can be used to do so many amazing things around the house – from fixing a leaky faucet and painting a wall, to building storage shelves and planting a garden. Tool fans will find out about many different types of tools, how they work, where they are used, and much more! With fascinating facts on every page and vibrant full-color illustrations, this is the perfect book for tool enthusiasts of all ages!

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The House Full of Stuff
Written & illustrated by Emily Rand
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The fourth title from the author-artist Emily Rand explores environmental issues, recycling, and the importance of being neighborly

Mr. McDuff lives in a house full of stuff! He loves collecting things—bits and pieces that he thinks could be useful one day, but that his neighbors call junk! They all keep their houses neat and tidy, and hurry by without saying hello. Everyone except Mo, that is. Can Mo and Mr. McDuff convince the rest of the neighborhood that his stuff is useful, and that reusing and repairing is often better than throwing things away?

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Wrecking Ball
Written by Jeff Kinney
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Recommend Ages: 8-12

An instant #1 USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times bestseller!

In Wrecking Ball, Book 14 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series--from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney--an unexpected inheritance gives Greg Heffley's family a chance to make big changes to their house. But they soon find that home improvement isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Once the walls come down, all sorts of problems start to crop up. Rotten wood, toxic mold, unwelcome critters, and something even more sinister all make Greg and his family wonder if the renovations are worth the trouble. When the dust finally settles, will the Heffleys be able to stay . . . or will they need to get out of town?

And don't miss Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal--the instant #1 bestseller--told from Greg's best friend Rowley's perspective!

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The Doll Hospital
Written by Kallie George & illustrated by Sara Gillingham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It’s a quiet morning at the Doll Hospital until… DING-A-LING-A-LING! The emergency bells ring! Here comes a patient who needs Dr. Pegs’s help. Dr. Pegs is about to get to work when… DING-A-LING-A-LING! Here comes another patient! And another! How will Dr. Pegs take care of them all? Looks like the doctor needs some help herself!

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  • The Bingity-Bangity School Bus - Discover a treasure trove of beautifully illustrated books with our new series, G+D Vintage! Featuring books from our Wonder Books line originally published in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, there’s something for every reader in these timeless stories with classic illustrations. Busby the school bus might be old and clankety, but the children adore him. The adults, however, think he’s ready for the junkyard. Busby decides to run away, and soon finds himself upside down in a field! Thankfully, the children come to the rescue and convince the townspeople to give him a spiffy upgrade. Busby has never looked better!

  • The Ramble Shamble Children - New picture book by a two-time Newbery Honor-winning author! The delightful story of an unconventional family of kids who learn the ups and downs of working together.

  • The Doll Shop Downstairs - Nine-year-old Anna and her sisters love to play with the dolls in their parents’ doll repair shop. But when World War I begins, an embargo on German-made goods-including the parts Papa needs to repair the dolls-threatens to put the family’s shop out of business. Fortunately, Anna has an idea that just might save the day. Inspired by the true story of Madame Alexander, this is a timeless tale of family and imagination. This beautiful gift edition of The Doll Shop Downstairs, featuring an eye-catching foil embossed cover, will make a perfect holiday present for dreamers and doll lovers everywhere.

  • Let's Go to the Hardware Store - When the new house needs fixing up, it's off to the hardware store to find the tools and materials needed to get the job done--a hammer, a screwdriver, a shiny tape measure, and even a stepladder.

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