Horrorgami: 20 Gruesome Scenes to Cut and Fold is the only project-based book of the batch and is sure to be popular among fans of Halloween and horror movies. Created by Marc Hagan-Guirey, aka the Paper Dandy, you'll find haunted houses and scary film scenes awaiting your scalpel, cutting mat and ruler.
Remove templates from the book and follow step-by-step instructions to make spooky scenes. This book should appeal to my middle-schooler nephew who already enjoys origami... I'm pretty certain he will want to give kirgami (cutting and folding) a try.
Little Houses - A Counting Book by Helen Musselwhite, whose detailed cut paper art I've long admired, is an ideal one to have on hand when cuddling up on the couch with a preschooler. The brightly colored images and interesting facts about homes around the world will prompt easy conversation.
I can only imagine the number of hours that went into creating the cheerful scenes. Little ones will delight in this book, all the while practicing 1 through 10 and expanding their vocabulary.
For the graphic designers in the crowd, The Little Book of Typographic Ornament by David Jury is quite the resource. He goes back in time to explain the history of geometrics, wreaths, florals, borders and flourishes - and shares many, many pages of copyright-free images in this 240 page hardcover tome.
Paper quillers may find it useful too, as quite a few of the designs can serve as project inspiration.
A chubby little book called Aa to Zz - A Pop-Up Alphabet is by paper engineer David Hawcock.
While I can picture a preschooler fingering the dimensional angles with curiosity, a colorful image or three of items that begin with each letter would have made it a more captivating learning tool.
It's the rare child who isn't enamored by dinosaurs and this book with text by Sheri Safran and pop-ups by David Hawcock, Dinosaurs! Pop-Up Paper Designs, is a fun one for 3-5 year olds. Included are eight familiar dinosaurs, along with name pronunciations and trivia about each type.
The hardboard cover features a clear plastic window behind which a paper T-Rex bares a toothy smile. The rather stiff dinos might not be shown to scale, but this won't lessen enjoyment among little ones.