Upper Elementary to Middle School Books

Theme: Building Things

Building on Nature: The Life of Antoni Gaudi - (ISBN: 978-0805087451)

by Rachel Victoria Rodriguez

Find out what influenced Gaudi to start his own architectural style and how Spaniards view his creations. Influenced by the beauty of nature, practicality, and rejection of the Gothic architectural style, Gaudi became one of the most celebrated and unique architects in the world. Check out the websites mentioned in the book to see photographs of his works. What other architects have you heard about?

Four Extraordinary Skyscrapers - (ISBN: 9780762424504 )

by Edward Keister Jr.

Whether you prefer the Empire State Building in New York City or the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco, Keister provides background information and construction details of each. Also featured are some international tall buildings: the Petronas Towers in Malaysia and the Bank of China tower in Hong Kong. Enjoy creating your own architectural masterpiece with the unique card deck included with the book. How high can you make it go?

Round Buildings, Square Buildings and Buildings That Wiggle like a Fish - (ISBN: 978-0394893822)

by Phillip Isaacson

For a rapid overview of many types of buildings all around the world, take a look at this delightful illustrated book. Besides enjoying the great variety of structures, readers learn about the parts of buildings that contribute to the final effect. What unusual buildings exist in your area?

The Capitol Building - (ISBN: 978-0761350088)

by Janet Piehl

See inside views of one of the most important buildings in our nation’s capital without leaving home. In addition to seeing the capitol’s magnificent rooms, readers learn about its history and construction. Check out other buildings in this informative series, as well.

The Stones of Green Knowe - (ISBN: 978-0152055660)

by L.M. Boston

This last book in the popular Green Knowe series focuses on the powers of some mysterious and other-worldly stones that offer the gift of time travel to a noble’s son living in the magnificent Green Knowe manor. While traveling, the boy meets the heroes and heroines of other times who live in the same wonderful house at different periods in history. What effect does the house itself have on the adventures of those who live in it? What can you imagine about those who lived in an old house near you long ago?

The Taj Mahal - (ISBN: 978-0822546948)

by Lesley A. Dutemple

Shah Jahan built this most grand, romantic building in memory of his beloved wife in India in the 15th century. Views of it are breathtaking, both for the design of the marble and its staggering size. Enjoy learning more about its history and construction. Start a list of 10 buildings you would like to visit in your lifetime; this one is sure to be on it!

Architects Make Zigzags: Looking at Architecture A to Z - (ISBN: 978-0471143574)

by Diane Maddex

Building the Great Wall of China: An Isabel Soto History Adventure - (ISBN: 978-1429638913)

by Terry Collins

Elements Of Pop Up: A Pop Up Book For Aspiring Paper Engineers - (ISBN: 978-0689822247)

by James Diaz David Carter

Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids: His Life and Ideas - (ISBN: 978-1556522079)

by Kathleen Thorne-Thomsen

Stephen Biesty's Incredible Cross-Sections - (ISBN: 978-0590738705 )

by Stephen Biesty

Tree House Mystery (The Boxcar Children) - (ISBN: 978-0807580882)

by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Activities for this Theme

Visit the world famous palace made completely from Nebraska corn.


Make the strongest bridge you can from popsicle sticks.


Revisiting the Heyday of California's 'Crazy' Novelty Architecture


Learn about construction principles by participating in a variety of building challenges.