Miss 8 is a total Lego lover! And while she enjoys building from the commercially produced sets, what she loves most is building from her own imagination. She creates entire cities or worlds that then fuel hours of imaginative play with her sister and friends. A few months ago we just happened to come across a Lego ideas book at our local library and that just totally opened her mind to so many more ideas, to so much more creative potential to be found in this simple system of bricks. The book inspired so much building that we actually had to beg my mum for the big tub of Lego from my own childhood, as we were running a little low!
Since then we have reserved a whole series of Lego books via our local libraries and our school library. I love that they are inspiring not only building but also reading for information and fact finding too. Today I thought I would share the books we have enjoyed so far, as well as a couple that are on our wish list. You might just find something to inspire a Lego lover you know too!
12 Awesome Books to Inspire Your Lego Builder
The Lego Ideas Book: Unlock Your Imagination by Daniel Lipkowitz: With themes such as transportation, buildings, space, kingdoms and adventure, there is something to inspire every Lego lover in this one. Have a look, it’s our favourite so far!
Lego Awesome Ideas by Daniel Lipkowitz: So much to build, so little time! The themed worlds in Lego Awesome Ideas provide lots of awesome building inspiration.
Lego Play Book: Ideas to Bring Your Bricks to Life by Daniel Lipkowitz: A third we have enjoyed by this great Lego writer, this one might just be my favourite!
The Lego Book by Daniel Lipkowitz: This book starts with a fascinating visual timeline of the Lego brand and as well as sharing lots of Legotastic facts alongside the history, there’s lots of visual building inspiration as well.
Chain Reactions Lego Kit by Klutz: This unique building challenge walks children through a series of construction tasks resulting in their own Rube Goldberg inspired simple machine. We’ve had lots of fun with this one.
Lego Minifigure Year By Year: A Visual History by Gregory Farshley & Daniel Lipkowitz: This visual timeline of the evolution of the iconic minifigure is fascinating and has led to lots of interesting discussions in our house.
Lego City Build Your Own Adventure by DK: A great book for younger Lego fans, it includes added bricks and simple themed building ideas.
Lego Star Wars Build Your Own Adventure by Daniel Lipkowitz: Another book with bricks, this one is perfect for the Lego fan who also loves their Star Wars.
Awesome Lego Creations with Bricks You Already Have by Sarah Dees: One of our favourite Lego bloggers has combined 50 of her most popular building projects into a great new book. Great for the younger builder.
The Unofficial Guide to Learning with Lego: 100+ Inspiring Ideas by Roux, Buckley, Abraham & others: While not strictly just Lego building, this book looks like a great resource for using Lego bricks in a wide range of learning experiences.
365 Things To Do With Lego Bricks by Simon Hugo: This one is on pre-order for the Christmas stocking!
The Art of the Brick: A Life in Lego by Nathan Sawaya: Definitely one for the older Lego fan, we were inspired by a video sharing some of Nathan’s work recently. His Lego sculptures really are fascinating and definitely inspire kids to think beyond the obvious when it comes to creating with bricks.