Time off, whether it’s for school breaks, shutdowns, or much needed R&R, is a great time to explore your interests or pick up something new. With this list of instructional books, explore your hobbies and find endless possibilities to utilize your time off with learning!

The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs by Molly Birnbaum

With this best selling cookbook, kids will be encouraged to think beyond traditional baked goods and learn the techniques that are necessary to fully explore an interest in cooking.

Available formats: Book, eBook (OverDrive)


3D Printing Projects by Karyn Gerhard

With technology and design constantly evolving, its beneficial to have a book that breaks it down so that all levels of learners can join. This book offers not only a detailed explanation of how 3D printing works, but accessible ways that any child can engage with this type of technology. 

Available formats: Book


Make This! Building, Thinking, and Tinkering Projects for the Amazing Maker in You by Ella Schwartz

Inspired by real life National Geographic explorers, this collection of experiments, photos, and step by step instructions will inspire future engineers and the incredibly curious! 

Available formats: Book


Lazy Crafternoon by Stella Fields

In need of craft inspiration? Look no further than this 50 project compilation book of activities to do during a crafternoon at home. The easy step by step instructions and colorful pictures make this an easy starting point for project ideas. 

Available formats: Book, eBook (OverDrive)


How to Draw a Unicorn and Other Cute Animals by Lulu Mayo

Fine tune your drawing skills with this instructional book that teaches you how to take basic shapes and turn them into adorable animals. All drawing levels welcome for this fun step by step guidebook!

Available format: Book


Super Simple Ice Projects by Kelly Doudna

It’s winter time! What better way to break into the chilly season than by learning about a variety of crafts, experiments, and projects that all use ice. 

Available formats: Book, eBook (Hoopla)


Sandwiches! by Alison Deering

Cookbook and history book meet for this instructional guide to all things sandwich! Learn about the history of some of America’s classic sandwiches, learn a few new recipes, and get inspired to concoct a unique sandwich of your own. 

Available formats: Book


101 Kids Activities That Are The Ooey, Gooey-est Ever! : Nonstop Fun with DIY Slimes, Doughs and Moldables by Jaime Harrington

We all enjoy slime, but do we really understand the science of it? With this book of 101 slime, dough, and mud recipes to make, kids will learn why these ingredients make this beloved squishy substance all while being presented with a variety of experiments to make on their own. 

Available formats: Book


Energy Lab for Kids by Emily Hawbaker

Written by the curriculum director of the National Energy Education Development Project, this book presents children with the challenging questions surrounding energy science, and encourages them to think critically through guided questions. 

Available formats: Book, eBook (Hoopla)


Kid Scientists : True Tales of Childhood From Science Superstars by David Stabler

Want to learn what other artists, creatives, and inventors were like as children? Everyone starts somewhere. Get inspired to pursue your interests and learn about what famous scientists were like as kids. Other notable books from this series include Kid Artists, Kid Athletes, and Kid Authors. 

Available formats: Book, eBook (OverDrive), eAudiobook (Hoopla)



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