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Every Dog Deserves an Adventure: Amazing Stories of Camping with Dogs

This is an easy title for any library to recommend and could be the highlight of an outdoor-activities display.


Made To Measure: An Easy Guide to Drafting and Sewing a Custom Wardrobe

A welcome addition to sewing technique and pattern books. Readers interested in creating their own wardrobe will seek out this title.

Painting with Brusho: Create Vibrant & Expressive Paintings Using Watercolour Ink Powder

While some artists may not have the skills to draw similarly beguiling images, Thomas’s Brusho techniques are appealing enough to be used for abstract pieces or simply for enjoyment of the painting process itself. Many readers will certainly be inspired to give Brusho a try.

Sustainable Wardrobe: Practical Advice and Projects for Eco-Friendly Fashion

Consider this a personal trainer for sustainable fashion and feasible, environmentally friendly lifestyles. It can also easily complement library collections in fashion design, home economics, or crafts.

The Flower Hunter: Creating a Floral Love Story Inspired by the Landscape

A lovely, easy-to-follow book for readers looking for ways to capture the allure of nature around them. Great for craft sections and art students.

Cute & Cuddly Crochet: Learn To Make Huggable Amigurumi Animals

Bergstrom has a strong Instagram presence, so her fans will be asking for this cute book. A good addition to any crochet collection.

Painting Skies in Pastel

A great title for refining or learning pastel sky techniques. Best for artists who already have some experience working in this medium.

Drawing 100 Years of Disney Wonder

This well-researched, intriguing drawing guide is essential reading for Disney fans and for those who want to learn more about animation, its history, or the world of Walt Disney. A valuable purchase.

This Is a Book for People Who Love Dogs

A fun addition to libraries in pet-loving communities, this heartfelt book will resonate with anyone searching for a quick, well-illustrated read about canine friends.

Sewing for Children with African Wax Print Fabric

A fun introduction to African wax prints. Accessible for beginning sewists.

Beginner’s Guide to Glass Painting: Learn the Easy Reverse Technique for Making Endless Works of Art

Mistry’s thorough guidance and the vibrant project examples are certain to inspire many readers to take up glass painting as a new hobby.

Wear It Well: Reclaim Your Closet and Rediscover the Joy of Getting Dressed

A thoughtful approach to showing readers how to tackle their closets, lean into their personal values, and let go of some of their concerns about style.

Knitting California: 26 Easy-To-Follow Designs for Beautiful Beanies Inspired by the Golden State

Bates’s collection of patterns will appeal to knitters who enjoy stranded colorwork, nature-inspired motifs, or knitted hats.

A Beginner’s Guide to Watercolor Painting: Step-by-Step Lessons for Portraits, Landscapes and Still Lifes

A wealth of practical and clever advice that beginner artists will find useful.

Painting Cats: Curious, Mindful & Free-Spirited Watercolors

Still, this joyful book will inspire cat-loving creatives to pick up their paint brushes.

How To Draw Super Cute Things with Bobbie Goods

For parents, teachers, and whimsical souls looking for instruction and inspiration. Also recommended for younger artists ready to put down their coloring books to make their own cute cartoons.

This Is a Book for People Who Love Cats

Written in an engaging and entertaining tone, this selection is suitable for feline fans of all ages.

Hooked on Shakespeare: Crochet Projects Inspired by the Bard

A perfect addition to the crafty reader’s shelf. Will have Shakespeare readers and English teachers crocheting characters in no time.

Embroidering Plants and Flowers for Beginners: 33 Plants To Stitch

Best for readers who have never tried embroidery, but those looking for some new patterns or inspiration will benefit from this title too. A welcome addition to crafts and hobbies sections.

Modern Papermaking: Techniques in Handmade Paper

A great introduction to papermaking that enables practitioners to develop their skills. Ideal for public libraries and academic papermaking programs.

Art of Custom Sneakers: How To Create One-of-a-Kind Kicks; Paint, Splatter, Dip, Drip, and Color

A sure hit. For aspiring custom shoe designers.

55 Fantastic Japanese Knitting Stitches

Knitters drawn to blends of color and texture will enjoy the new horizons opened by Hayashi’s stitch patterns. Those who specialize or create works using the brioche technique will be drawn to this title too.

Drawing Digital: The Complete Guide for Learning To Draw & Paint on Your iPad

Beginners will be drawing as soon as they start reading through this gorgeous, easy-to-follow book.

Start Painting Now: Discover Your Artistic Potential

This book will appeal to artists of all experience levels or to readers who are interested in using art as a means of self-expression.

Knit a Mini Safari: 20 Tiny Animals To Knit

A delightful book for readers looking to expand their knitting repertoires to small toys.

Manga Art Fashion Secrets: The Ultimate Guide to Making Stylish Artwork in the Manga Style

An unusual but highly insightful guide that also looks at artists who do this kind of drawing and their multiple career paths. An essential purchase where drawing books and manga are popular.

A Beginner’s Guide to Sketching Buildings & Landscapes: Perspective and Proportions for Drawing Architecture, Gardens and More

A technical but highly useful guide to perspective and proportion.

Watercolor Made Simple: Techniques, Projects, and Encouragement To Get Started Painting and Creating

An innovative, highly useful work for beginning watercolorists.

Punch-Needle Craft

A practical guide for getting started with punch-needling and a good choice for libraries looking to expand their crafting collection.

Sew Gnomes: 12 Magical Friends To Stitch

An essential purchase where gnomes and sewing titles are popular.

Colorful Baby Crochet

A fun and simple book to add to fiber-arts collections.

365 Days of Stitches: How To Create a Personal Embroidery Journal

A charming guide for embroidery fans, whether they’ve been practicing the craft for 10 years or 10 minutes, to create a highly individualized, meaningful, and memorable record of the year.

Capture Your Own Life with Collage Quilting: Making Unique Quilts and Projects from Photos and Imagery

A great choice for beginning collage artists or readers who wish to take the craft to another level.

Cat Mania Embroidery: Zany and Fun Feline Motifs

Cat fans and readers who are completely new to embroidery will gain a solid set of skills by the time they work their way through this book. Experienced embroiderers will find adorable patterns that could be easily replicated or adapted.

Fry’s Ties: The Life and Times of a Tie Collection

An intelligent book that invites readers, especially fans of Fry and fashion history, to laugh and learn. An excellent addition to collections.

60 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars, 2nd Ed.: Includes 10 New National Parks Blocks

This volume by a star in the quilting world would enhance any quilting collection.


Our Little Farm: Adventures in Sustainable Living

Most likely of interest to only the readers who have already embarked on self-sufficient farming and want detailed information.

Anyone Can 3D Crochet: 20 Fun Animal Designs and 8 Adorable Projects

The book’s cute animal designs include sloths, dinosaurs, unicorns, rabbits, foxes, and a veritable menagerie of animal friends, so there’s sure to be one that fits any child’s unique interests and imagination or a nursery’s theme. This book is as joyful and simple as its title suggests.

Dressmaking: The Easy Guide

Essential for libraries supporting a fashion design program. Also useful for programs such as 4-H, Extension Homemakers, and others wanting to go to the next level.

Palette Knife Painting: Deep Impasto: Paint Beautiful Masterpieces Using a Palette Knife and the Impasto Technique

Far from a how-to for beginners, this book includes projects that expertly teach processes, such as color blocking, blending, and multiple effects that can be executed with a knife. This will likely be a popular addition to craft collections.

Painting Abstract Nature on Canvas: A Guide to Creating Vibrant Art with Watercolour and Mixed Media

An outstanding instructional art book with pictures that illustrate each step. Creative readers of all skill levels will likely love this title.

Art for Self-Care: Create Powerful, Healing Art by Listening to Your Inner Voice

This is an excellent companion for those who may need to express themselves and heal but aren’t sure where to start. Worthwhile to have in any library, especially for readers who may be hesitant to reach out.

Coastal Kitchen: Nourishing Seafood Recipes for Everyday Cooking

This is a must-purchase for coastal libraries or those with access to fresh seafood.


Painting Calm: Connect to Nature Through the Art of Watercolour

A great title for beginners or readers looking for new inspiration in watercolor techniques. The illustrations are all nature-based, making it an excellent option for the summer season.

Wallace & Gromit: Cracking Crochet

This book includes delightful patterns, but it’s niche in topic and its UK terminology may hinder some readers’ ability to finish their projects.

Chinese Brush Painting Four Seasons: Paint Flowers, Birds, Fruits & More with 24 Step-by-Step Projects

A great addition for arts or craft collections. The featured projects will likely keep novice painters interested, and there are clear instructions for absolute beginners.

Draw Kawaii Style: A Beginner’s Step-by-Step Guide for Drawing Super-Cute Creatures, Whimsical People, and Fun Little Things

This easy-to-follow approach to kawaii drawings will likely have even nonartists feeling inspired and confident enough to get started.

Summer Knitting for Little Sweethearts: 40 Nordic-Style Warm Weather Patterns for Girls, Boys, and Babies

Suitable for libraries with robust selections of knitting books but not for the faint-of-heart fiber artist.

Sew for Yourself: 50 Great Garments from Recycled Fabric, Using 5 Basic Patterns

This book will likely appeal to readers of all sewing levels, especially those who are environmentally conscious and interested in learning to sew with recycled materials.

No Kiln, Handbuilding Clay Projects: 50 Elegant Projects To Make for the Home

Purchase where craft books are popular.

The Beginner’s Guide to Decorating Pottery: An Introduction to Glazes, Patterns, Inlay, Luster, and Dimensional Designs

Functional and beautiful, this book will likely inspire readers want to perfect their pottery techniques. An excellent and useful purchase for libraries with vibrant art communities.

The New Knitting Stitch Dictionary: 500 Patterns for Textures, Lace, Aran Cables, Colorwork, Motifs, Edgings and More

This is a sumptuous reference volume that not only offers a plentitude of patterns but also contains helpful photos for each stitch for knitters to easily visualize and incorporate into their own original creations. This handy guide can enhance the abilities of all knitters.

The Colour Mixing Companion: Your No-Fuss Guide to Mixing Watercolour, Acrylics and Oils

Useful for beginners or as a quick-lookup guide.

The Beginner’s Guide to Brush Lettering: An Interactive Workbook for Creating Beautiful Art

For beginners just getting the feel for using brush pens, Latta’s simple exercises offer an accessible place to start.

Retro Crochet Style: 15 Beginner-Friendly Patterns To Create Your Vintage-Inspired Closet

This book shows exactly how fun, fashionable, and flattering retro crochet garments can be. Its patterns are suitable for all crochet skill levels, making it the perfect addition to any library’s catalogue of crafting books.

A Beginner’s Guide to Colored Pencil Drawing: Realistic Drawings in 14 Easy Lessons

Artists interested in learning colored pencil techniques could hardly find a better resource, but librarians should be aware of this title’s removable practice pages.

10 Step Drawing: Kawaii

Both novices and advanced artists can greatly benefit from this title filled with whimsical and adorable Kawaii drawings.

The Little Book of Flower Pressing: All the Basics Plus 11 Projects To Inspire You

With its overview of flower pressing’s rich history and a beginner-friendly guide to getting started, this book is a bona fide garden of delights that’s sure to inspire creations rooted in the past, yet flowering in the present.

Blackwork Embroidery in Colour: A Colourful Modern Twist on a Traditional Technique

Best for readers experienced with blackwork techniques and comfortable with doing their own material selections.

Animal Granny Squares: 40 Cute Crochet Blocks To Make into Decorations, Homewares, Blankets and More

Each project produces adorable results. A great addition for all crochet collections.

Palette Knife Painting in Acrylics: Projects, Techniques & Inspiration To Get You Started

A great starter guide for readers wanting to learn to paint with a palette knife; they will learn all about the additives, mediums, and other items Fisher has experimented with to achieve the effects that enhance his works.

Easy, Beautiful Handmade Rag Rugs: 16 Illustrated, Step-by-Step Techniques with Dozens of Patterns and Projects

A wonderful overview of rag rugs and how to create them. A perfect complement to titles that solely contain patterns.

The Knitting Pattern Writing Handbook: How To Write Great Patterns That Knitters Will Love To Make

Good for public libraries with robust craft collections. Many readers might view this as a compact reference book.

Design for Jewellery Makers: Inspiration, Development and Creation

A comprehensive overview of jewelry design that also offers creative exercises for aspiring artists.

Norway’s Knitted Heritage: The History, Surprises, and Power of Traditional Nordic Sweater Patterns

Likely to appeal more to those studying the history of clothing than to the casual knitter.

Macramé Christmas: 24 Festive Projects Using Easy Knotting Techniques

Crafters interested in adding macramé touches to their homemade Christmas decor will likely enjoy this book. This is a strong selection for libraries with well-circulating holiday craft collections.

Hand-Stitched Quilts: Choose from 27 Block Designs and Hand-Piece Your Own Unique Quilts

An excellent guide for beginning quilters and for those wanting to return to basics.

Special Effects Lettering and Calligraphy: A Beginner’s Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Amazing Lettered Art

A great lettering and calligraphy resource that’s filled with inventive ideas, rather than traditional approaches. Readers interested in exploring creative lettering will likely find this to be a helpful title for getting started.

The Kew Book of Nature Samplers (Library Edition): 10 Embroidery Projects with Reusable Iron-On Transfers

This book is exquisite eye candy for fiber artists of all levels. Libraries with craft book collections can’t go wrong with this purchase.

Perfectly Pieced Quilt Backs: The Scrap-Smart Guide to Finishing Quilts with Two-Sided Appeal

Quilters, or those aspiring to be, will find something to fit their style and their skill level.

Amigurumi Chocolate Cozies: 20 Crochet Candy Covers To Gift & Love

A well-structured title filled with detailed instructions and photos. The book’s projects would make cute gifts, but its focus may be a little too narrow for some collections.

Cozy Coastal Knits: 21 Shawls, Sweaters, Ponchos and More

Perfect for rookie knitters and all craft collections.

Animal Amigurumi Adventures, Vol. 2: 15 (More!) Crochet Patterns To Create Adorable Amigurumi Critters

Crocheters of all skill levels will be able to produce cute creatures that any child (or adult) will beg to cuddle. Librarians should add all of this author’s books to their crochet collections.

Creative Wanderlust: Unlock Your Artistic Potential Through Mixed-Media Art Journaling Techniques

An exuberant introduction to art journaling for self-expression and well-being.

Easy Shibori Tie Dye Techniques: Do-It-Yourself Tying, Folding and Resist Dyeing

The projects are great for those new to shibori techniques, but readers are likely better off choosing titles that are more current and less focused on the use of a specific kit.

Crochet Impkins

Crocheters will truly delight in picking features for their own creations of Impkins.

Mending with Kids: Patching, Painting, Sewing and Other Kid-Friendly Techniques

A fun book for eco-conscious parents who aren’t afraid of a little extra work in order to extend the life of their kids’ clothes. Children can help with these projects as well.

Granny Squares To Crochet

All levels of crocheters can benefit from this title. A valuable addition to any library’s selection of crochet guidebooks.

The Innovative Artist: Capturing Light: Creating Radiant Landscapes in Watercolour

For experienced watercolor painters. This book, illustrated throughout with Beale’s beautiful landscapes, will provide ample inspiration and instruction.

Enchanted Garden Cross-Stitch: 20 Designs Celebrating Birds, Blossoms, and the Beauty in Our Own Backyards

An excellent book for readers entering anew into the world of cross-stitching or for those who may be looking to rekindle a hobby.

Modern Watercolor Botanicals: A Creative Workshop in Watercolor, Gouache, & Ink

A highly recommended title that offers an impressive array of watercolor, ink, and gouache techniques for beginner and advanced artists.

Farm & Folk Quilt Alchemy: A High-Country Guide to Natural Dyeing and Making Heirloom Quilts from Scratch

This is a worthwhile purchase for quilters who are searching for either simple strategies or inspiration.

Homegrown Flax and Cotton: DIY Guide To Growing, Processing, Spinning & Weaving Fiber to Cloth

This book takes readers through the process, from start to finish, of making cotton and linen clothing. Many crafters and readers interested in sustainability will likely enjoy this one.


Pro Tips & Techniques for Drawing Animals: Make Lifelike Drawings of 63 Different Animals

Readers with advanced drawing skills may find this title and the author’s anatomical expertise beneficial.

Creative Embroidery and Beyond: Inspiration, Tips, Techniques, and Projects from Three Professional Artists

A quick-start intro guide to the craft of embroidery. Best suited for right-handed beginners who want to dive right into projects. Left-handed readers and those who have already mastered the basics but are interested in improving their skills are advised to look elsewhere.

Fair Isle Knitting: 22 Traditional Patterns from Where the Atlantic Meets the North Sea

This excellent work is chock-full of helpful and fascinating facts about a popular knitting technique. Ideal for intermediate and advanced knitters, and an essential purchase for crafts collections.

Seed to Table: A Seasonal Guide to Organically Growing, Cooking, and Preserving Food at Home

For his first print book, Ghafari, who created the Urban Farm and Kitchen blog, has written an approachable, deeply useful work for beginner gardeners that is enlivened with recipes and great images.

Dogs Demystified: An A–Z Guide to All Things Canine

A foreword by Jane Goodall and quirky dog drawings enhance this title. For comprehensive collections of materials on dog studies, animal cognition, and psychology and for general readers who love their pet dogs.

Kitty Language: An Illustrated Guide to Understanding Your Cat

While the information in this book isn’t particularly new or groundbreaking, its straightforward language and expressive illustrations of many different cat species make it a helpful read for families with children who are getting their first pet cat or for new cat owners looking for an easy manual to help guide their understanding of their new feline family member.

Trees of the West: An Artist’s Guide

A glossary and further reading for field guides and species accounts will satisfy the scientific reader, and artists are well served by the beautifully presented artworks and Hashimoto’s tips and personal insights. Consider also for displays on nature-related travel destinations.

Rebel Gardening: A Beginner’s Handbook to Organic Urban Gardening

Make space for this volume; it’s the kind of book that can hook a reader.

Pocket Book of Crochet

This simple short book, while imperfect, is a nice addition for larger crafting collections. Libraries should be warned that there are several places where readers are encouraged to write in the book to chart their own crochet journey.

Quilt It, Crochet It!: Sew and Stitch 14 Colorful Designs

The pairings in this book will likely inspire readers to mix craft techniques, create uncommon, interesting projects, and consider scraps, fabrics, and fibers in new ways.

Nina’s Favorite Mittens and Socks from Around Norway: Over 40 Traditional Knitting Patterns Inspired by Norwegian Folk-Art Collections

Perfect for adventurous or experienced knitters, libraries with robust craft collections, and readers interested in knitting history.

Timeless Textured Baby Crochet: 20 Heirloom Crochet Patterns for Babies and Toddlers

An essential purchase. Crocheters will love this book and its classic designs.

Lei Aloha: Celebrating the Vibrant Flowers and Lei of Hawai‘i

General readers, historians, and flower lovers will enjoy this book’s ability to take them on a virtual visit to the islands of Hawai‘i, where they can learn about the rich heritage of the lei.

Fun with Fat Quarters: 15 Step-by-Step Projects with Essential Techniques To Kick-Start Your Sewing

A well-written title with excellent basic sewing directions geared toward moderately experienced sewists. Purchase where fat-quarter books are popular.

Creative Stained Glass: Make Stunning Glass Art and Gifts with This Instructional Guide

An essential how-to book for beginning stained-glass artists.

Modern Resin Jewellery: Over 50 Inspiring Easy-To-Make Projects

A thoughtful and thorough resource that will have readers crafting with resin in no time.

Crochet Southwest Spirit: Over 20 Bohemian Crochet Patterns Inspired by the American Southwest

This stunning book will likely compel readers to imagine the past as they work on the towels, baskets, blankets, and more that will keep traditions alive.

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