Architecture for Kids
... nonfiction books, videos, and CD-ROMs

Click a title to check the Skokie Public Library catalog for the status of the item in the Skokie Public Library collection. A list of picture books about architecture is also available!

Nonfiction books

Nonfiction Books

Ames, Lee J. Draw 50 Buildings and Other Structures. 1980.
Youth Nonfiction 743.84 A
Follow the step-by-step instructions to draw famous buildings around the world such as the Empire State Building and the Taj Mahal. Also included are directions to draw types of homes from around the world including a Sudanese hut and a Swiss chalet.
Ashe, Rosalind and Tuttle, Lisa. Children’s Literary Houses: Famous Dwellings in Children’s Fiction. 1984.
Youth Nonfiction 809.3 A
Beautifully illustrated, this title describes the houses featured in such classic stories as Alice in Wonderland, Johnny Tremain, and Charlotte’s Web.
Beasant, Pam. How to Draw Buildings. 1991.
Youth Nonfiction 743.84 B
Learn how to draw buildings such as castles or haunted houses. Each chapter features tips on general drawing techniques, tools, and materials. Are you interested in becoming an architect? Check out the chapter on technical drawing and model making.
Cox, Reg. The Seven Wonders of the Modern World. 1996.
Youth Nonfiction 725.0904 C
Read about seven human-made structures that have made waves in the architectural world. What makes the Sears Tower or the Sydney Opera House so unique to be called a wonder of the modern world?
Gibbons, Gail. How a House is Built. 1990.
Youth Nonfiction-Easy 690.837 G
Building a house takes lots of effort and teamwork. From the architect planning the project to the painters and carpenters completing the home, everyone's part is important.
Greenberg, Jan. Frank O. Gehry Outside In. 2000.
Youth Nonfiction 720.973 G311gr
Frank O. Gehry designed the Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago's new Millennium Park. Read about the life of this controversial architect and find out about many of his other extravagant projects around the world.
Haus, Robyn. Make Your Own Birdhouses & Feeders. 2001.
Youth Nonfiction 690.8927 H
Welcome the birds in your neighborhood by building your very own birdhouse. Get step-by-step instructions for a variety of different types of homes, feeders, and birdbaths and get tips on attracting our feathered friends.
Hayden, Kate. Amazing Buildings. 2003.
Youth Nonfiction-Easy 720.9 H
Written especially for beginning readers, this title explores architecture and buildings, from the pyramids of Egypt to the International Space Station.
Hunter, Ryan Ann. Into the Sky. 1998.
Youth Nonfiction-Easy 720.483 H
The first skyscraper erected about 100 years ago in Chicago was only ten stories high. Today architects are planning buildings almost 200 floors tall with triple-decker elevators. Read and find out how these amazing structures are planned and constructed.
Macaulay, David. Building Big. 2000.
Youth Nonfiction 720 M
Companion text to the video series (see below).
Miller, Jake. On the Job with an Architect: Builder of the World. 2001.
Youth Nonfiction 371.442A673mi
Come along with Hugo and Bridget as they observe architects at work. From producing blueprints in the office to visiting construction sites, the job is never dull.
Milo, Francesco. The Story of Architecture. 1999.
Youth Nonfiction 720.9 M
Travel the world from prehistoric times to the present and learn what role architecture has played in human culture. Discover how architects have solved problems posed by climate and disaster threats and get a glimpse of urban design of the future.
Morris, Ann. Houses and Homes. 1992.
Youth Nonfiction-Easy 363.5 M
Take a photographic journey around the world to understand how people make their homes. From Buckingham Palace, home of the Queen of England, to houseboats near the Himalaya Mountains in India, there is much to discover.
Munro, Roxie. Architects Make Zigzags: Looking at Architecture from A to Z. 1986.
Youth Nonfiction 720.3 M
Did you know that quoins are "large or conspicuous stones set into the corners of outside walls?" Explore more architecture terminology in this unusual ABC book.
Neumann, Dietrich. Joe and the Skyscraper. 1999.
Youth Nonfiction 720.483 N
Accompany 16-year-old Joe to the construction site of the Empire State Building. Joe, featured as a red-headed cartoon character, is a water boy whose job it is to supply water to the construction workers. Many of the spectacular black-and-white photographs were taken by Lewis Hine, well known for capturing photos of immigrants.
Rubin, Susan Goldman. There Goes the Neighborhood: Ten Buildings People Loved to Hate. 2001.
Youth Nonfiction 720 R
Fearful Parisians called the Eiffel Tower the "metal monster," "a hulking metal beast" that might fall over and crush them. Find out more about this and nine other structures that stirred controversy when they were built.
Severance, John B. Skyscrapers: How America Grew Up. 2000.
Youth Nonfiction 720.4830973 S
Several inventions of the mid 1800s, among them the steam elevator and the safety brake, made the construction of high buildings possible. Read about the history of the skyscraper and the architects and city planners who envisioned them.
Stone, Lynn M. Houses. 2002.
Youth Nonfiction 690.837 S
In colonial times houses were mere shelters from the elements. Find out how the construction of houses in America has evolved and what it takes to build a house, from envisioning it to putting the final touches on a completed project. Discover how location determines style of a house and learn some architecture terminology along the way.
Taylor, Barbara. Structures, Materials, & Art Activities. 2002.
Youth Nonfiction 691.T
Build your very own Greek ruins using simple supplies such as sand and glue. Or, make a cardboard house with a rooftop garden using tissue paper, paints, and toothpicks. Included in each featured project are interesting facts about their real-life originals.
Weaver, Janice. Building America. 2002.
Youth Nonfiction 720.973 W
Explore almost 400 years of architecture in America, from the first settlements to the cities of today, and get a glimpse of what structures in tomorrow’s America might look like.
Wilkinson, Philip. Amazing Buildings. 1993.
Youth Nonfiction 720W
Read about 21 world-famous buildings located all around the world. From the Palace of Minos on the Greek island of Crete to the Palace of Versailles in France, and to the Skydome in Toronto, you can explore the buildings through detailed illustrations including cutaway views of inner rooms.


Building Big. 2000.
Adult Video-Nonfiction 624 B v. 1-5
Explore some of the greatest architectural structures built: bridges, domes, skyscrapers, dams, and tunnels. Author and illustrator David Macaulay is the host of this five-part series made for Public Television.
Human-Made Wonders of Africa, Australia & the Americas. 1996.
Human-Made Wonders of Europe & Asia. 1996.
Youth Video-Nonfiction 720 H
These two short videos in the "Geography Tutor" series introduce world famous buildings and structures. Find out why the pyramids of Egypt were built, what the Romans used the Coliseum for, or what is unique about the Sydney Opera House.
The Loop: Where the Skyscraper Began. 1992.
Adult Video Nonfiction 720.977311 L
Find out more about the impact of a century of groundbreaking architecture in Chicago. This award-winning video includes interviews with several Chicago architects.


Big Action Construction. 1998.
Youth CD-ROM 625.7 B
Be sure to wear your hard hat when getting behind the controls of different types of heavy construction equipment such as cranes, trucks, or bulldozers.
Bricks: The Ultimate Construction Toy!. 1996.
Youth CD-ROM 690 B
Use an endless supply of virtual LEGO bricks to design any type of building or structure you imagine. You can even generate instructions to construct your inventions with real LEGO bricks.