Books and Resources


While county offices are closed and local distribution of project books is on hold, choose one of these methods:

  • Download one for free.

A special collection of project books is available for free on the Perfect Stay-at-Home Projects web page. Click on the book you want, and when the file opens on your screen, save or print it from there. Horseless Horse and Science Fun with Physics were added recently. (For accessible formats of these publications, visit

  • Buy one online.

If you would like to buy a print copy of a Perfect Stay-at-Home project or any other project book, you can order directly from with one of these special discounts for Ohio residents: FREE2020 (for free shipping) OR 20IN2020 (20% off the entire order). Use the coupon that works best for you. Orders can be shipped directly to a person’s home as long as it is an Ohio address.

Please review your order carefully. Extension Publishing is unable to take returns. There is no restriction on the number of times a coupon can be used. See printable ordering instructions HERE.

  • Make your own.

If you would rather not purchase a book in this way, self-determined projects are an excellent choice for self-motivated members eager to get started by creating their own projects. Although self-determined projects may be better suited for older 4-H members, they are available for any member and are often based on idea starters already available online. Many of the idea starters are great stay-at-home projects too, for example, Music, Bats, String Art, Climate Change, American Sign Language, etc. One called My Stay-at-Home Summer just became available! (For project judging, self-determined projects are judged in self-determined categories.)

If none of these options work for you and your family because of affordability or internet access, contact Jane Wright, 4-H curriculum manager, who may be able to help (


Project Books

For complete descriptions of Ohio 4-H projects and the publications that support them, please refer to the latest Family Guide or to Ohio 4-H Project Central, an interactive web site that includes sample pages, ratings, and comments.


Publications can be purchased directly from the Ohio State University Extension Publications or from local county Extension offices, where Ohio 4-H club advisors, club members, and other Ohio residents get the best price. Other state 4-H offices can benefit from our Partner Pricing program.

Club officer handbooks and related materials are available on the Club Officer Resources page.

Dog Achievement Program information and materials are available on the Dog Achievement Program page.

Digital Publications

4-H 375i Leadership Road Trip iBook (available on iPad only)

Publications Available for Download

The following publications are available for download in pdf format. Adobe Reader is required for viewing and printing these publications.

4-H Members

Self-Determined Projects, Idea Starters, and Master Projects

4-H 365 Self-Determined Projects and Idea Starters
4-H 378M Leadership Master
4-H 432M Sewing and Textiles Master
4-H 503M Rocketry Master
Designing Your Own Model Rocket
(supplement to the Rocketry Master project above)
4-H 512M Robotics Master
4-H 560M Woodworking Master
4-H 589M Photography Master

More Publications

  MyPlate Food Guide flyer for all food and nutrition projects
  Pennsylvania Livestock Judging Manual
4-H 46 Demonstrations for 4-H Members
4-H 150 Poultry Project and Record Book, Project Pictures  (page 10)
4-H 150 Poultry Project and Record Book, Weight Record (page 14)
4-H 150 Poultry Project and Record Book, Weight Summary and Feed Efficiency (page 15)
4-H 150 Poultry Project and Record Book, Egg Production Record (page 17)
4-H 150 Poultry Resources (for use with Poultry Project and Record Book)
4-H 370
4-H 495 Your First Home Away From Home
4-H 554GPM National 4-H ATV Safety Leaders Guide and Tool Kit Items
4-H 927 Forty Questions You Always Wanted Answered about Ohio 4-H
4-H 941 Installation Ceremony

4-H Volunteers

Additional Resources

--- Ohio 4-H Volunteer Handbook
4-H 36 Interviewing Tips for Judges pdf | link
4-H 554GPM ATV Safety, Leader's Guide
4-H 897 Developing Experientially Based 4-H Curriculum Materials
4-H 915 Livestock Judging Cards
Card with placing and questions
Cards with placings only
4-H 953.1 4-H Project Learning
4-H 955 Working with Officers and Committees
4-H 959

Launching into the Next Millennium, 4-H Achieves Liftoff

Download Chapters Individually:
Ch. 1: Small Animals and Veterinary Science
Ch. 2: Livestock
Ch. 3: Citizenship, International, Careers, Leadership, and Communications
Ch. 4: Food and Nutrition
Ch. 5: Field and Garden
Ch. 6: Equine Science 
Ch. 7: Human Development
Ch. 8: Engineering 
Ch. 9: Entomology and the Environment 
Ch. 10: Clothing

4-H 961L Horse Member Card (front)
Horse Member Card (back)
  Science, Engineering and Technology Programming in the Context of 4-H Youth Development (1.1mb)
  Nurturing Scientific Literacy Among Youth Through Experientially Based Curriculum Materials (.6mb)

Publication Updates

117R Beef Resource Handbook, Changes in the 2011 Edition
134R Swine Resource Handbook, Updated Resources 2001 Edition


Horses, Safety and You, Changes in the 2003 Edition
194R Sheep Resources Handbook, Changes in the 2011 Edition
200 All About Dogs. Changes in the 2017 Edition
201R Dog Resource Handbook, Changes in the 2016 Edition
201R Dog Resource Handbook, Changes in the 2018 Edition
216 Purr-fect Pet Pals, 2005 Edition, page 35, Corrected Crossword Puzzle and Answer Key
220R Pocket Pets Resource Handbook Change in the 2017 Edition
227 Pet Rabbit Project and Record Book, March 2017 Edition,
page16, Crossword Puzzle
228R Rabbit Resource Handbook, Updated Resources 2004 Edition
417 Dress-Up Outfit, Changes in the 1990 Edition
499 You Can Quilt Changes in the 2011 Edition
751 Archery Member Record Book, NEW pages for 2015