Activity Books: Take Your Reading Beyond Words
The journal Doodle Your Day (shown at bottom left) inspires 365 moments of creativity, whether it's drawing a cool treat on National Ice Cream Sandwich Day (August 2) or listing the fun things you did this summer (on August 27).
Ages 8 and up, $16.99, gibbs-smith.com
Kids don't need a green thumb to see beautiful results with Johanna Basford's Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book (shown at top left). Filling in the 60 intricate pen-and-ink outlines of flora and fauna will keep them busy as the bees hidden in the art.
Ages 6 and up, $14.95, amazon.com
Fans of Tom Angleberger's best-selling Origami Yoda series can now craft their own paper Jedi Master with the companion Art2-D2's Guide to Folding and Doodling (shown at top middle). Also cool: learning how to draw Jabba the Hutt using only one line.
Ages 8 and up, $12.95, abramsbooks.com
The Book of Impossible Objects (shown at top right) reveals the secrets behind 25 clever tricks, optical illusions, and experiments. Some amuse, others amaze (like balancing a coin on the edge of a dollar!); all rely on well-explained principles of science.
Ages 8 and up, $19.99, klutz.com
Turn boredom upside down with I Like to Draw/I Like to Write (shown at middle right). One half of this double-sided book contains zany art starters; just flip it over for imagination-stretching story prompts.
Ages 8 and up, $14.95, amazon.com
Originally published in the August 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine.