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A Kid's Guide to Building Forts

"This book won't just get read -- it will be actively put to use!
-David Sobel, author of Children's Special Places
A Kid's Guide to Building Forts

Kids and forts…a natural pairing.
A secret place, a secret password, no adults allowed!

Lean-to’s, dome forts, snow-trench forts, table forts, and 12 more.

Opening with a brief history or forts and reminders about “Safety first!”…this book gives clear instructions for creating 16 different forts in all kinds of climates and environments:

  •           >Indoor or outside
  •           >At the beach
  •           >In the snow
  •           >In the backyard
  •           >In the living room

Easy to follow, step-by-step illustrations include tools and materials lists, plus the ethics of “fort protocol” — who to let in, who to keep out. This unique and indispensable resource will delight kids everywhere… and the grown-ups who care about them.

“This book won’t just get read — it will be actively put to use!”  -David Sobel, author of Children’s Special Places

“A great idea book”  -Teacher’s Laboratory

“A handy-dandy book for building forts”  -Progressive Architecture

“An excellent alternative to TV.”  -Parent Council

“This is a GREAT book!”  -Chinaberry Book Service


As a kid I loved forts, and built them wherever and whenever I could. For me, a fort was a place where I could get away and talk with friends, pretend, be alone, and much much more — all without any adults around! I was always on the lookout for new fort designs and building materials. I guess you could say it was a real passion of mine. No wonder I grew up to build my own house in Idaho. After all, aren’t houses just big forts?

As a fiction writer, I found that some of my characters needed a fort for the same reasons I needed them. Forts began to appear in my novels — TUCKER, and JUST CALL ME STUPID. While living in Arizona, my wife, Debbie, came home one day and told me that she had met an editor, and they had gotten to talking, and somehow the subject of forts had come up. Debbie had remembered that years before I had written a book on how to build forts, but it had never gotten published, and was still sitting in my desk drawer. Now the editor she had met wanted to see it. I submitted the manuscript, and just like that, A KIDS’ GUIDE TO BUILDING FORTS got constructed.