Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun

Author(s): Elizabeth Foy Larsen

Children Non Fiction

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 worldview 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 and 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.

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The most original, entertaining, and instructive all-in-one book for kids ever published-jam-packed with information, ideas, and activities for children and their parents to share together

"The first kids' book to truly encourage a hands-on approach to creating a personally meaningful life."--Mark Frauenfelder, editor-in-chief of MAKE magazine, co-editor for BoingBoing "This is what we've been waiting for! A playful and informative journey built on exhilarating activities and adventures. This is not just a book, it's a way of life for kids and parents alike."-- Anthony T. DeBenedet, M.D., coauthor of The Art of Roughhousing


"What a treasure trove Glenn and Larsen have created! Parents, teachers, and anyone else who wants kids to have fun--and wants to have fun with kids--will love, love, love this book. It's an amazing resource. I can't recommend it more highly!" --Edward Hallowell, M.D., coauthor of national bestseller Driven to Distraction and Delivered from Distraction


"This year's hottest activity book for kids may well be Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen. Gathering contributions from the likes of media theorist David Rushkoff and GetCrafty.com founder Jean Railia, among many others, the 350-page book highlights science experiments, crafts and upcycling, board gam hacking, and geocaching, and is packed with q&as and trivia."--"Publishers Weekly"

"This is the ultimate craft and curiosity book...the coolest activity book for all ages I've seen in a long time." - Mom Must Read, Parents.com

"A parent-and-kids guide to doing things that are smart and quirky."--The Los Angeles Book Review blog, Jacket Copy

"That's what I love re: UNBORED - it's for ALL, not 'daring girls' or 'dangerous boys'..."--tweet from Peggy Orenstein, author of "Cinderella Ate My Daughter"

"If your kids ever give UNBORED back to you, you may want to do a whole lot of the great ideas yourself."--Lenore Skenazy, author of the book and blog "Free-Range Kids"

"Deliciously abundant...A 350 page treasure chest of games, computer fun, creative projects, nature hunts, lists, quizzes, science experiments,

Joshua Glenn is cofounder of the websites Significant Objects, Hilobrow, and Semionaut, and has authored and edited a number of books. Together with Elizabeth Foy Larsen, he writes a parenting column based on "Unbored" for" Slate." He lives in Boston and has two sons, ten and thirteen.Elizabeth Foy Larsen was a member of the team that launched "Sassy," a magazine for teen girls. Her writing on families has appeared in the "Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, "the" Daily Beast, "and elsewhere. She lives in Minneapolis and has two sons and a daughter, ages seven to twelve.Tony Leone is a principal of Leone Design. His work has been honored by the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Brand Design Association, and has been featured in "Communication Arts, Print, Graphis, " and elsewhere. He has a son in kindergarten and a newborn daughter.

General Fields

  • : 9781608196418
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : March 2012
  • : 264mm X 199mm X 35mm
  • : United States
  • : April 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : illustrations
  • : Elizabeth Foy Larsen
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : Tony Leone
  • : 790
  • : 352