UNBORED: THE Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun

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  • UNBORED is the guide and activity book every modern kid needs. Vibrantly designed, lavishly illustrated, brilliantly walking the line between cool and constructive, it's crammed with activities that are not only fun and doable but also designed to get kids engaged with the wider world.

    With contributions from a diverse crowd of experts, the book provides kids with information to round out their world view and inspire them to learn more. From how-tos on using the library or writing your representative to a graphic history of video games, the book isn't shy about teaching. Yet the bulk of the 350-page mega-resource presents hands-on activities that further the mission in a fun way, featuring the best of the old as well as the best of the new: classic science experiments, crafts and upcycling, board game hacking, code-cracking, geocaching, skateboard repair, yarn-bombing, stop-action movie-making-plus tons of sidebars and extras, including trivia, best-of lists, and Q&As with leading thinkers whose culture-changing ideas are made accessible to kids for the first time.

    Just as kids begin to disappear into their screens, here is a book that encourages them to use those tech skills to be creative, try new things, and change the world. And it encourages parents to participate. Unbored is exciting to read, easy to use, and appealing to young and old, girl and boy. Parents will be comforted by its anti-perfectionist spirit and humor. Kids will just think it's awesome.

    Contributors include Mark Frauenfelder of MAKE magazine; Colin Beavan, the No Impact Man; Douglas Rushkoff, renowned media theorist; Geoff Manaugh, author of BLDGBLOG; John Edgar Park, a CG supervisor at DisneyToon Studios; and Jean Railla, founder of GetCrafty.com and Etsy consultant.

    Savvy Auntie is proud to share that Bloomsbury USA, the publisher of UNBORED, is a sponsor
  • From a review of UNBORED by Melanie Notkin, Savvy Auntie founder:

    I recently discovered a lifestyle book that encourages nieces and nephews to use not only their tech skills but their natural curiosity to be creative, try new things, figure out how things and systems work, and just maybe change the world in the process. Yes, this book can actually have a really meaningful, positive influence on the children you love most.

    The book is UNBORED: THE Essential field Guide to Serious Fun (Bloomsbury hardcover and eBook) by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen, parenting writers for Slate.com, and designed by Tony Leon. The thick volume is a full-color, illustrated all-in-one guide and activity book packed with fun, doable activities that encourage kids—along with their beloved Aunties —to get engaged with the wider world.

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    Savvy Auntie is proud to share that Bloomsbury USA, the publisher of UNBORED, is a sponsor