Booklist features UMSI educator in Top 10 Project Books for Youth

A recently published book by clinical assistant professor Kristin Fontichiaro has been named one of the Top 10 Project Books for Youth by Booklist, a book-review magazine published by the American Library Association.

Hacking Fashion: Fleece, an illustrated project book on how students can turn old fleece objects into new attire, is designed to teach innovation through hands-on activities that foster creativity and problem solving. 

The book, which is written for students in grades 4-8, is published by Cherry Lake Publishing and is available as a hardcover, paperback or e-book.

Fontichiaro has written a series of books that teach students the power of fashion-centered making through simple instructions and inexpensive tools. From books like Hacking Fashion: T-Shirts  and e-Textiles, Fontichiaro explains how to upcycle t-shirts into tote bags, infinity scarves and costumes, add conductive thread to gloves so they can be used with smartphones, and engineer garments that light up.

This is the second time in two years that Fontichiaro has been named to a Top Ten list by Booklist. In 2014, her book series Makers As Innovators was included as one of the Top Ten Series for Youth Nonfiction. That series is also published by Cherry Lake.

Published on May 12, 2016