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Carpentry for Kids

Carpentry for Children
Walker
1982

My general rule of thumb for kids nonfiction is that it shouldn’t be older than the age of the kid. Please don’t write us about all your examples of the exceptions. I get it. There are probably thousands of exceptions. But I digress…

This book was brought to me by one of my co-workers. Topic is fine, but this particular book was old and tired looking. (As I am old and tired looking, I feel qualified to judge.)

In this example, the date published makes me question the following:

  • Is the instructional component and other content appropriate for the age group?
  • Are the tools/equipment/materials available and safe? (Beware of products/materials that are no longer available.)
  • Do any of the projects or commentary use outmoded or inappropriate language when describing people or things?
  • Are the projects something kids would be interested in now? (Not 40 years ago.)

Again, I am not saying that just because it’s old, doesn’t make it an automatic weed, however it does mean we need to check further.

Hanging Night Stand

Woodworking for the Ladies

Woodworking Projects for Women
Hendry
2004

Submitter: This beauty hasn’t circulated in over 3 years, and I can’t imagine why! The title and cover alone are horrible, and the projects inside are definitely outdated.

Holly: I was surprised this was only ten years old. It looks very 90s to me! It’s also somewhat sexist, like there are specific projects for women who woodwork that men wouldn’t want to make, or as if women wouldn’t want a general woodworking book that men would use too. Men only make duck decoys and women only make home and garden decor.