I am an avid crocheter in my free time and have taught a few simple crochet classes for kids at the library with my co-workers. I am always on the lookout for crochet books for kids that illustrate the stitches clearly and have patterns that would appeal to boys and girls.
“Kids Learn to Crochet” by Lucinda Guy and Francois Hall doesn’t have a lot of patterns, but it has some really clear stitch illustrations. Even as an adult, I find this book helpful for learning basic stitches like single crochet, double crochet, changing colors, and crocheting in the round. After learning a new stitch, the authors include a simple pattern that incorporates what they just learned.
“Kids Crochet” by Kelli Ronci has a lot of patterns and is definitely a more advanced crochet book. What I really love about this book is it shows girls AND boys crocheting and includes projects that appeal to both, such as juggling balls, winter hats, and toys.