With every New Year comes the panic of thinking up New Year’s resolutions that you won’t abandon by the beginning of February. Eating right, exercising more, and drinking more water are always valiant goals, but why not strive for something a little more fun? Adopting new hobbies and learning fun, quirky skills are a great way to shake up your routine at the start of the year. Try starting a blog, learn to create Star Wars-themed origami, or get in touch with nature and visit some national parks and forests. For a bit of inspiration, stop by SSHEL’s S-Collection to find tons of hobby and activity books that are sure to spark your creativity.
To learn more about fun new hobbies, search our catalog by typing the name of the hobby you’re interested in as a subject term and adding “juvenile” as a second subject term.
ART2-D2’s Guide to Folding and Doodling. 2013.
Learn to fold Star Wars characters into origami masterpieces with the help of your guide, ART2-D2. Lessons on photography, doodling, writing “cool letters,” and much more are included in the fun activity book perfect for Star Wars fans of all ages.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.745.5 An463a]
88 Instruments. 2016.
Learning a new instrument is a very difficult task, but choosing an instrument to learn can be just as hard! Follow the little protagonist of this story around the music store as he discovers a plethora of exciting instruments he can play.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. B2854e]
How to Be a Blogger and Vlogger in 10 Easy Lessons. 2016.
If you’ve ever considered joining the wildly popular craze of blogging and vlogging, this book is for you! In just 10 easy lessons, complete with coordinating pictures for each step, you’ll learn tips and techniques to help you create a successful, professional blog.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.006.752 B536h]
Starting from Scratch: What You Should Know about Food and Cooking. 2014.
Learn about all things food and cooking in this fun and educational book designed for young chefs and foodies. Discover information about the global migration of certain ingredients, the chemistry of specific cooking techniques, and so much more. This is a great place to start if you’re new to cooking or looking to dive deeper into the culinary world.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.641.3 El85s]
The Book of Styling: An Insider’s Guide to Creating Your Own Look. 2012.
Complete with crucial tips on how to avoid or recover from a fashion emergency, this book discusses the evolution of style through the decades. Learn tips and tricks that will help you develop your own unique sense of style for all occasions and body types.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.646.308352 F597b]
Face Painting. 2015.
Try your hand at face painting with the help of this guide that will inspire your creative side. With a difficulty rating between 1 and 5 assigned to each painting, this activity book is full of fun ideas for themed painting designs and techniques for people with every level of artistic ability.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.745.5 H2626f]
Building Amazing Creations: Sean Kenney’s Art with LEGO Bricks. 2017.
Enjoy acclaimed artist Sean Kenney’s LEGO masterpieces as you flip through this book of unbelievable LEGO creations. Organized by theme, such as transportation, animals, cities, and more, this book offers visual entertainment and design inspiration for ambitious LEGO enthusiasts.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. S.745.5928 K395b]
Treecology: 30 Activities and Observations for Exploring the World of Trees and Forests. 2016.
Young nature enthusiasts will love learning about and exploring all things trees while scavenging through this colorful, interactive book. It’s filled with activities, suggestions for nature hunts, information about tree anatomy and forest preservation, and careers in conservation.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. S.582.16078 R921t]
I am Yoga. 2015.
Discover the calming practice of yoga as you flip through this beginner’s guide filled with colorful illustrations of easy poses. A delightful read for beginning yogis of any age!
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. V583i]
Coding Projects in Scratch. 2016.
This book acts as a fun, easy, visual guide for kids to learn how to code their own computer games and programs. From a personalized birthday card to a dancing dinosaur, kids will become enamored with the possibilities of Scratch programming suggested in this guide.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.005.133 W853c]