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Book and reading glasses. Source: Ermolaev Alexander/Shutterstock.com

1. Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom by Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary S. Stager (4.6 Stars on Amazon)

There's a technological and creative revolution underway. Amazing new tools, materials and skills turn us all into makers.  This book helps educators bring the exciting opportunities of the maker movement to every classroom.

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2. Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing by Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman (4.5 Stars on Amazon)

Fabricated tells the story of 3D printers, humble manufacturing machines that are bursting out of the factory and into homes, businesses, schools, kitchens, hospitals, even the fashion catwalk. 

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3. Makers: The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson (4.5 Stars on Amazon)

Wired magazine editor and bestselling author Chris Anderson takes you to the front lines of a new industrial revolution as today’s entrepreneurs, using open source design and 3-D printing, bring manufacturing to the desktop. 

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4. LEO the Maker Prince: Journeys in 3D Printing by Carla Diana (not yet rated on Amazon)

LEO the Maker Prince teaches children (both young and old) about 3D printing by following Carla and LEO's journey through Brooklyn. LEO is a walking, talking robot who has the magical ability to print (in plastic) any object that Carla draws. 

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5. Practical 3D Printers: The Science and Art of 3D Printing by Brian Evans (4.4 Stars on Amazon)

Practical3DPrinters takes you beyond how to build a 3D printer, to calibrating, customizing, and creating amazing models, including 3D printed text, a warship model, a robot platform, windup toys, and arcade-inspired alien invaders.

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6. 3D Printing Blueprints by Joe Larson (4.4 Stars on Amazon)

3D Printing Blueprints uses engaging and fun projects that teach Blender modeling for 3D printing through hands-on lessons. First you’ll learn basic modeling and make a small simple object. Then each new project brings with it new tools and techniques as well as teaching the rules of 3D printing design. 

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7. Make: Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing from the Editors of Make (4.3 Stars on Amazon)

MAKE is here to help, with the Make: Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing. We brought 16 of the top printers to our headquarters and hosted a weekend-long printer shootout staffed by the editors of MAKE and a number of luminaries in the field.W This issue presents our findings for you in a clear, concise manner.

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8. 3D Printing: The Next Industrial Revolution by Christopher Barnatt (4.3 Stars on Amazon)

Already pioneers are 3D printing production tools, prototypes, jewelry, sunglasses, works of art, toys and vehicle parts. But this is just the beginning, with digital manufacturing destined to change how we create, transport and store a great many things.

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9. The Book on 3D Printing by Isaac Budmen (4 Stars on Amazon)

 By now you might be wondering: What the heck is 3D Printing? This book will take you on a tour of the growing 3D Printing industry and explain everything you need to know to start designing and printing your own creations. (No experience or fancy degree required!) 

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10. Getting Started with MakerBot by Bre Pettis, Anna Kaziunas France, and Jay Shergill (3.8 Stars on Amazon)

Set up your MakerBot Replicator 2 and understand how it works, learn the basics and print 10 useful objects right away, make objects with sturdy yet biodegradable PLA, get examples of real-world problem solving.

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