By the Book:
Architecture Books for Kids
Spark Young Imaginations


Want to expand your child’s imagination and curiosity about the world around them? What about building their STEAM education by learning about how buildings are designed, built, and constructed? Want to inspire their creativity and critical thinking skills? How about providing your kids with the knowledge they can grow up to create buildings that house and educate people, and that they can influence the world around them?

The answer to all of the above? Put a children’s book on architecture in their hands!


There are countless great architecture books created just for young readers, with titles including:

  • Iggy Peck, Architect
  • Look at That Building!: A First Book of Structures
  • The Future Architect’s Handbook
  • Roberto, The Insect Architect
  • Under Every Roof: A Kid’s Style and Field Guide to the Architecture of American Houses
  • The Three Little Pigs: An Architectural Tale
  • Architecture According to Pigeons
  • Julia Morgan Built a Castle
  • How a House Is Built
  • Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building
  • Skyscrapers!: Super Structures to Design & Build
  • The Aspiring Architect: An Activity Book for Kids
  • The Story of Buildings: From the Pyramids to the Sydney Opera House and Beyond
  • Cool Architecture: Filled with Fantastic Facts for Kids of all Ages
  • Young Frank, Architect
  • If I Built a House
  • … and many, many more!

There are several great resources for architecture books for young readers; a few of MAF’s recommendations follow:

1. Best Sellers in Children’s Architecture Books

*(don’t forget to use Amazon Smile and select Michigan Architectural Foundation as your charity of choice to benefit from your purchases)

2.Young Architect’s 15 Awesome Architecture Books for Kids

3.Archinect’s Never Too Young: 15 Librarian-Recommended Architecture Books for Young Children

4.Arch 20’s Best Architecture Books for Your Future Architect

5.Bookroo’s 72 Best Architecture Kids Books

6.Michigan Architectural Foundation’s Build Imagination Book Collection

**this collection is housed at Birmingham’s Baldwin Public Library and available through inter-library loan. The collection was established through MAF’s Dumke Fund, in partnership with Baldwin Public Library.