Jackie Leigh Davis, EdM., is a circus education pioneer, teacher, and advocate. She was a founding member of the American Youth Circus Organisation (AYCO), the first national youth circus advocacy organisation in the country. Founded in 1999, AYCO hosts biennial national festivals and educator conferences to promote the participation of youth in circus arts.
A great reference book for school libraries [. . .] It's also a great hands-on gift for adventurous youth, and for video game-obsessed or artistic youth who need to know that not all physical activity is highly competitive or sports based! * CircusTalk * The book allows children to learn the basics of juggling, balancing, clowning and show-making, each skill paired with tutorials on how to hand-make props they might need at a cheaper cost than purchasing ready-made equipment. Whether it's juggling balls from tennis balls filled with sand and covered with colorful balloons suitable for kids of any age, or a plywood tight-rope frame that may need some adult assistance, the idea is to create an environment of inclusivity. * Monadnock Ledger-Transcript * A hands-on, step-by-step guide with easy instructions and clear photos that demonstrate each juggling, balancing, clowning, and show-making activity. -- Vivian Kirkfield * Picture Books Help Kids Soar blog * This is an excellent book, expertly done, and deserves a place on the bookshelf of any child interested in exploring the circus arts. * International Jugglers' Association * A well-conceived how-to book [...] ideal for collections where tweens and teens want to learn how to put on a show. * School Library Journal * DIY Circus Lab for Kids is a perfect circus classroom resource and also a tool for children who are interested in learning circus skills but who live in places where there is no access to circus classes. * Fiona Bradley, Circus Talk * Davis notes that the circus is for everyone -an inclusive message echoed by the activities, which align with different ability levels and interests, from tight rope walking to designing T-shirts. * Publishers Weekly * Davis is a long-time circus instructor and her experience is immediately evident in her clear instructions, which are broken into written steps with photo illustrations featuring actual youth circus artists, while website links provide video demonstrations of prop/apparatus construction and the skills themselves. [. . .] A niche but exemplary resource. * Booklist, starred review *