The best Lego book to give depends on the age and interests of your kid. I created a few separated lists to make finding the right one faster.
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These are the best Sellers in Children’s Model Building Books. Take care: Model Building Books list is not only Lego, there are also clay modelling and a few other kids model building books.
Best Lego books for inspiration/ fun reading, all ages
Best Lego books for building yourself, all ages
Best Lego books for older kids (up to 99)
Best Lego books for inspirational ideas/ fun reading
This hardcover 200 pages Lego Ideas Book is for the advised age of 7 years up, though my son of 5 also loves this book. He uses it to watch pics and get ideas. My boy can sit down quietly with it and happily read it for an hour, which is exceptional for him. Like the comments say, they ideas are way to complicated and require a lot of special bricks we don’t own. So he does not exactly make the ideas but his buildings are based around the themes he sees in the book. We have this book for almost a year now and it is still getting read about 3 times a week.
The Crazy Action Contraptions is the second Lego book we bought. It is also for 7 years up, 50 pages and the necessary bricks are included. We have it at my parents house and every time we visit my father makes one action contraption with my son of 5. He can’t follow the building guide on his own but he loves it anyway. (And my father loves to have something special to do with his grandson!) And since we have this book I see a new style in his own fantasy structures, he tries to duplicate the moving parts and to understand how to make things moving.
The Lego Neighborhood Book is a 204 pages paperback Lego book for the ages of 10 and up. It is more focused on those who love to make their own architectural structures and need some ideas for outside details and interior design. It is a book for which you don’t need a huge brick collection to build anything in it. Great for building / architectural and Lego city lovers. IMHO not a Lego kids book.
The Lego Ninjago Visual Dictionary is not the only Lego Ninjago book, but if I hear my son speaking with his school mates this is THE Ninjago Lego book. You can’t go wrong with boys if you buy this one. I must admit that as a parent I’m not ready for all that fighting yet, I don’t mind if he doesn’t get this before he is a bit older.
This Totally Cool Creations Lego book is a paperback 3 Books in 1.
It consists of Cool Cars and Trucks, Cool Robots, and Cool City. Though it looks and is simpler then the Daniel Lipkowitz Lego books it is still quite specified so you will need special bricks to make the examples completely the same. But if you use your imagination you can go around that more easy with these Sean Kenney Lego books then with a few main stream others. This makes it a different style. With these you can actually try to build the examples, with those Lego books of Daniel we just use them to get inspired.
The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 1: Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs & More! is the first volume by Megan Rothrock.
In Cool Creations in 35 Pieces Sean Kenny used the same 35 pieces to make all these creations so if you have them or buy those 35 pieces (see link on his site) this is a marvelous book. Though some people complain that the pieces are very special we did own them all on forehand. And as all the kids who come play here always say they got way more Lego I don’t think we have so much. (about 6 small special sets) I love the simplicity and as a parent I think it is good for their creativity to not only learn to build ready made sets but also casual ideas. Check this one out!
The Lego Star Wars Character Encyclopedia is ranking real high on wish lists at the moment. It is a book for 7 years up, 208 pages and a hard cover. It contains a lot of fun and obscure facts and has detailed pictures of all figures, droids, etc…
The Lego Technic Idea Book: Simple Machines is a collection of 100 examples of real working machines, some simple, some more complicated. The reviews vary. Some think the book is way to complicated for the beginner and others say it is a real good reference for the beginning builder. Either way you will need a good stock of technical Lego to get started.
The Lego Mindstorms EV3 Laboratory is about how to Build, Program, and Experiment with Five Wicked Cool Robots! This is a 432 pages thick paperback book for 12 year and older. It is mind blowing! But definitely not for younger kids and even my university brain has trouble with some of these instructions. You will really need to dive into this to understand it and make it working. Not just a hasty look over it.