Now Available – Made to Play!

My book is now available. I’m really excited!  “Made to Play” has 35 craft and toy projects, using wood, fabric, and paper, that promote imaginative and creative play.

Here are just a few links for ordering. It’s available world-wide, so if your country is not listed below, you may search the ISBN# 159030912X, or ask your local book store to order it for you. I’ve noticed that some countries will not get it until sometime in November.

Thanks everyone! I hope you like it!


United States: ShambhalaRandom House – Barnes & NobleAmazon
France: Amazon
Finland: Bookplus
United Kingdom: Amazon
Germany: Amazon
Australia: Booktopia
Japan: AmazonBookWeb


  1. guiniveve
    February 23, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    wonderful. congratulations!

  2. Paul & Paula
    February 23, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    so exciting!!!
    i am sure it will be a big hit... checking it out now....

  3. hande ne yapıyor?
    February 23, 2011 at 5:48 pm


  4. ccino
    February 23, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Just wonderful! Listed right away for this gem in Bookplus :)

  5. se7en
    February 23, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Oh Wonderful - You must be so thrilled!!!

  6. 22heures22
    February 23, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    I can't wait to have it!

  7. ricebabies
    February 23, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    How exciting. Congrats.

  8. Anna
    February 23, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    wow, that looks so cool. I'd love to have some new ideas for playing with my kids. :) congrats, it must be such a good feeling!

  9. McdsM
    February 23, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Et pour la France ????

  10. Joel Henriques
    February 23, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Thanks everyone! Yeah, it's going to be kind of exciting!

    McdsM - Il sera bientôt en France, je le promets!

  11. Clementine-Illustration
    February 23, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Oh yeah ! Congratulations ... et moi aussi je l'attends en France !

  12. Lia
    February 23, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Congratulations Joel. I'm so happy for you and I can't wait to see it. It is going to be a long wait until October but now I've got a good start to my Christmas shopping.

  13. MBilbao
    February 23, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    I guess and I hope Spain will be included soon!

  14. silvana
    February 23, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Wonderful! I can't wait to have it :)

  15. gaby@stilelemente
    February 23, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Awesome. Congratulations :)

  16. mandy
    February 24, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Congrats!! I want mine autographed!! :)

  17. pa[u]
    February 24, 2011 at 2:59 am

    wonderful! congratulations!!!

    February 24, 2011 at 3:17 am


  19. Joel Henriques
    February 24, 2011 at 3:22 am

    Thanks everybody!

  20. simply blythe
    February 24, 2011 at 3:58 am

    that's awesome, congrats!
    your work is inspiring~

  21. Marta
    February 24, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Congratulations on your new book. I love your projects!
    Best regards from Barcelona, Spain,

  22. deliciosa martha
    February 24, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    What about Spain!?!?!?!?

  23. emgower
    February 24, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Sooo cool!!! Can't wait, it will make great Christmas gift.

  24. bhoomplay
    February 24, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    This is real cool!! Congratulations!!!!

  25. Marisol
    February 24, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    congratulations desde Barcelona,es una buena noticia. Esperaremos también en España

  26. Anne-Marie
    February 24, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Félicitations ;-)

  27. maria
    February 24, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Spain please!!!

  28. r8chel
    February 25, 2011 at 1:56 am

    Congratulations! I'm glad to hear the news! Are there many projects in the book that haven't been featured on this blog already?

  29. Joel Henriques
    February 25, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Thanks!! And Spain should be coming soon.

    r8chel - Yes, most of the projects are brand new (over 60%). I can't wait for people to see the new ones! And the projects that have been on the blog have new, unseen photos and also hand drawn illustrations and instructions, so it's going to be pretty cool!

  30. ti mounette
    February 25, 2011 at 9:11 am

    in france ?

  31. Green Bag Lady Teresa
    February 25, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Congrats on the book Joel, that is fantastic!

  32. Vanessa Samp
    February 25, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    big ups on your book! i want...

  33. inge
    February 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    waw! not for sale in belgium?

  34. Susie*
    February 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Well done!!
    And Portugal?

  35. Tanya
    March 1, 2011 at 3:55 am

    congrats! look forward to october .... it can be a b-day present to myself!

  36. kaat
    March 1, 2011 at 7:34 am

    I can't wait. I keep mentioning your blog everywhere and I love the toys you design. I'll order as soon as it gets out in a country near mine, defenately!

  37. storyboxart
    March 6, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Looks lovely! Have also enjoyed looking at various projects + art. What age is it suitable for?

  38. Joel Henriques
    March 7, 2011 at 4:21 am

    Thanks everyone! Yes, we've still got a few more months to go, so it should definitely be available in your country in time to pre-order it. This is just the begging phase.

    storyboxart - It's really got something in there for any age. Some crafts are great for babies. Some are great even for adults. Anyone who wants to play!

  39. Craziest Cottrell
    March 16, 2011 at 5:26 am

    I'm really excited! Are these new ideas, or things that we may have already seen on your blog?

  40. Joel Henriques
    March 16, 2011 at 5:54 am

    Most everything in the book is new. The few projects that have been on the blog have all new photos, plus instructions accompanied by hand drawn illustrations. So it's going to be pretty fun!

  41. Lucio Qiang
    March 21, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    One for México! (by amazon i think)

  42. Anonymous
    March 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    And in French please !!! ;)

  43. Pat
    March 31, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    I want mine!!!!
    What about Brasil? Do we have any chance of having it here?

  44. Alexandra
    April 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Hi, there!
    The site is absolutely fantastic, I have gathered a lot of fabulous ideas!
    I wish the book sold in Russia... But, alas...

  45. nat
    April 24, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Great! Congratulations! I'm a fan of your site from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    Luckily Amazon delivers to the very South of the continent. I'll be waiting for it!

  46. lucy
    May 3, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Hi Joel-I'm an art teacher in South Africa, and really love your blog-My sister was in DC last week and she tried to pick up your book for me, unfort it seems to not be out yet-do hope it can be delivered to SA!

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  51. September 4, 2011 at 3:18 pm

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  52. September 8, 2011 at 12:07 pm

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  56. phanie
    October 14, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    i just found this at my local bookstore today, what fantastic work!

  57. cristina
    October 18, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    HI JOEL! I FOUND YOUR BOOK AT MY LOCAL INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE! Lucky me! Can't wait to show it to my nephew Adán. He will enjoy making projects with his 2 year old cousin, Ruby. YOUR BOOK IS BEAUTIFUL, ese.

    1. October 20, 2011 at 9:27 pm

      Thanks Cristina! I've been so busy, I still haven't had a chance to go to a bookshop and see in on the shelves. ha. Thanks again, and I hope you get some good use from it!

  58. mariedo
    October 19, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Hello, I'm a bookseller in France, South of France. I like your work and I would like to sell your book in my bookshop. Do you know if your publisher could be interested? Thanks to let me know. And again congratulations! MD Camano

    1. October 20, 2011 at 9:26 pm

      Hi Mariedo. Yes, you can use this email address: to contact Random House and order my book for your shop. Thanks!

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  61. Laura
    October 25, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Hi Joel! I love your blog and your book is on my Xmas list! But winning a copy would be even cooler. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  62. Bella01
    October 25, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Hi, love your website, you are a great inspiration to all daddy's out there, if I won it would become a present from my kiddies to their daddy. If not I will go out and buy it anyway.. OOooohh shouldn't have told you that now I won’t win!

  63. Olia
    October 25, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Beautiful book! I would love one to do with my two and a half year old. Already, the cover is a great idea.

  64. cristina
    October 26, 2011 at 7:37 am

    When in spain?? I can´t wait to buy one for me and for some christmas gift i have to do Your website is amazing,

    1. Pablo
      December 26, 2011 at 7:00 am

      I just bought it on :)

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  70. Sarah
    February 2, 2012 at 4:36 am

    Dear, We would like to talk about your work and book in the Belgian magazine, VW magazine (free magazine, distributed in Belgium). Therefore, we would like to show the cover of the book. Is it possible to send me the visual in hi resolution please. Thank you in advance, Kind regards, Sarah

  71. February 4, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Congratulations on your book it's looks great. And your blog is wonderful! I'm going to post about your blog and book on my blog today. Dancing With Words :)

  72. victoria
    March 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    and brazil?

    1. March 5, 2012 at 8:37 am

      It is available for bookstores in Brazil. But the store has to order it. You could go to your favorite one and ask them if they could order it for you. Or look on the internet and see if someone in Brazil is selling it, so you don't have to pay extra in shipping. Thanks! Joel

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