I guess it’s never been much of a surprise to the children in my life when they receive books from me as gifts, but over the years I’ve tried to come up with ways to avoid having my presents tossed in the “boring pile” alongside Great Aunt Flora’s annual knitted snood and the 1000 piece Norman Rockwell puzzle sent each year by that distant cousin no one has ever met. One strategy I hit upon a while back was to give books that work parallel to popular toys, and year in and year out, there is no type of toy hotter than LEGOs. So, when the LEGO lover in your life is ready for a break from engineering her latest monument, or looking for some bedtime reading related to his greatest obsession, having one of these ten LEGO-related titles handy may actually represent a larger gift: the lesson that reading a book is really just another way of playing.
The LEGO Adventure Book: Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs & More! by Megan Rothrock
Unleash your imagination as you journey through the wide-ranging world of LEGO building with The LEGO Adventure Book. This inspiring tour is filled with bright visuals, step-by-step breakdowns of 25 models, and nearly 200 example models from the world’s best builders. Learn to build robots, trains, medieval villages, spaceships, airplanes, and much more. Whether you’re brand-new to LEGO or have been building for years, this book is sure to spark your imagination and motivate you to keep creating! Also try what may be this season’s hottest new LEGO-related title, a second LEGO Adventure Book: Spaceships, Pirates, Dragons & More!
Cool City by Sean Kenney
A master LEGO designer constructs cities! Sean Kenney provides original city creations of all sizes, colors, and features. Build a skyscraper, a brownstone, or how about a mini metropolis! Complete with select model instructions for more than six creations, insider tips, and landscape designs for new LEGO fans as well as diehard enthusiasts. And as a bonus-a sticker sheet to decorate your new city models. If buildings aren’t your LEGO-master’s cup of tea, take a look at Kenney’s other offerings: Cool Robots.
Brick City: Global Icons to Make from LEGO by Warren Elsmore
Brick City takes LEGO building construction to another level, and you won’t believe what these LEGO engineers have been able to replicate. A model builder’s festival in book form, it’s a pictorial collection of world-famous buildings–and a photo gallery that also includes pictures of each building’s miniaturized model.
The LEGO Ideas Book by Daniel Lipkowitz
Did you ever wonder what you can do with all of those LEGO bricks after you have created the project they came with? Now with The LEGO Ideas Book, you can take what you already have and make something new! The book is divided into six themed chapters — transportation, buildings, space, kingdoms, adventure, and useful makes — each with basic templates of key models and spreads to inspire you to create your own. Hints and tips from Master Builders can help you turn your classic car into a race car or add a bridge to your castle! Don’t be concerned if you haven’t got all the bricks you need: this book also shows how to simplify details, making this a great user-friendly guide for any building ability. For another batch of new ideas and tips, also try this year’s LEGO Play Book.
LEGO Minifigures Character Encyclopedia by Daniel Lipkowitz
LEGO Minifigures collectors and fans alike will love this guide showcasing each and every LEGO Minifigures character available, allowing them to see exactly which minifigures they still need to complete their collections. LEGO Minifigures are only bought in blind packs; this book will be a definitive list of every LEGO Minifigures character available! Also includes an exclusive minifigure!
LEGO Man in Space: A True Story by Mara Shaughnessy
With over 3 million views on YouTube and covered by almost every major news outlet in the world, the story of how two boys launched a Lego man 80,000 feet into space using a weather balloon, a homemade parachute, and a video camera is truly an inspirational story for all ages. Now you can follow along with the plucky little “Legonaut” as he explains just how he became the very first LEGO Man in Space.
LEGO Space: Building the Future by Peter Reid and Tim Goddard
Spaceships, orbital outposts, and new worlds come to life in this unique vision of the future, built completely from LEGO bricks. A selection of step-by-step building instructions will have you constructing your own cosmic creations to play with at home. Marvel at interstellar battlecruisers, space pirates, charming robots, and other stunning builds from an amazing future!
The Yoda Chronicles by Daniel Lipkowitz
No mention of LEGOs in space would be complete without a LEGO Star Wars title. The first in a brand-new series, LEGO Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles features themed spreads based on the legendary Yoda’s adventures, from his leadership of the Jedi council and his duels with Count Dooku and Darth Sidious, to his support of the Wookiees in the Clone Wars and his training of Luke on Dagobah. Specially commissioned photography shows minifigures and vehicles in action, with tons of storylines and facts that kids will love.
The Brick Bible: A New Spin on the Old Testament as told and illustrated by Brendan Powell Smith
Brendan Powell Smith has spent the last decade creating nearly 5,000 scenes from the bible with LEGOs. His wonderfully original sets are featured on his website, Bricktestament.com, but for the first time 1,500 photographs of these creative designs depicting the Old Testament from Earth’s creation to the Books of Kings are brought together in book format. The Holy Bible is complex; sometimes dark, and other times joyous, and Smith’s masterful work is a far cry from what a small child might build. The beauty of The Brick Bible is that everyone, from the devout to nonbelievers, will find something breathtaking, fascinating, or entertaining within this collection. For a younger audience, Smith has also published Noah’s Ark: The Brick Bible for Kids.
LEGO: A Love Story by Jonathan Bender
And last but not least, one for Santa. If the LEGOS strewn about your house are getting your attention more than just because you’re stepping on them barefoot in the middle of the night, this may be the book for you. There are 62 LEGO bricks for every person in the world, and at age 30, Jonathan Bender realized that he didn’t have a single one of them. While reconsidering his childhood dream of becoming a Master Model Builder for The LEGO Group, he discovers the men and women who are skewing the averages with collections of hundreds of thousands of LEGO bricks. What is it about the ubiquitous, brightly-colored toys that makes them so hard for everyone to put down? In search of answers and adventure, Jonathan Bender sets out to explore the quirky world of Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOL) while becoming a builder himself. Whether you’re an avid LEGO freak or a onetime fan who now shares LEGO bricks with your children, this book will appeal to the inner builder in you and reignite a love for all things LEGO.