Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Making Books With Children

This past Saturday I was able to attend a great workshop about how to encourage children as authors/illustrators, making books with children and making great spaces for library centers.  I was super encouraged to revamp my reading nook in both my school and home (for my son).  I'm still in the process of figuring out the details, but I will make a post about the reading nooks sometime soon.  Today I'm showing you some wonderful ideas on book making.

There were several ways to "make" books.  Ranging from your classic fold the paper in half to a eye catching pop out book.  I'll show you two that I made in my workshop.

This is a pop out book.  I used three sheets of cardstock.  Fold your paper in half.  Cut a square or rectangle on the fold as shown.  Glue/staple/tape all three sheets together.  When you open the paper you should get a nice little "pop out".  You will need to work with the square to pop out of the inside of the fold.  Make sense??

The next step is up to you.  You can put pre-made (from magazines, coloring papers, stickers, scrapbooking materials, handdrawn) pictures on each pop out so the child can make up a story about the pictures or what ever you like.  Words from the child can be added to the paper itself.  Many ideas can be hatched from this type of book.
 This next book is an accordian book.  Again, the theme could be what ever you like.  When making this one I decided to focus on a child's name.  On a larger scale this book would be great for letter recognition/phonics.  Adding stickers that start with each letter, tracing the letters with their finger, etc.

I'm going to make some books with the children in the next few weeks.  I'll let you know how they work!  I'm also brainstorming with each class to see how the would like their "new" library area to be. 

1 comment:

  1. Love these! My kindergartener is constantly making her own books! She draws pictures and handwrites some, and for others, she uses clipart and text on the computer. In fact, she made books for both her brother and sister for Christmas! Can't wait to show her these new ideas to try!!


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