If there one thing that my children are definitely not lacking, it is an abundant collection of kid’s books that grows every month. So I decided to try something different this month, and instead of buying books, we sat down and made our own. My kids and I liked it so much that I decided to include here how we did it.
You will need:
· Paper (we went with printer paper, but any type should work as long as it’s 8.5” x 11” or smaller)
· Fabric (decoration for the cover)
· 1 Legal Pad
· 1 Needle & Thread
· Markers, Crayons, Colored Pencils
First- You and your kids need to decide how many pages you want to be in your book. Take half that number, and add one. That’s how many pieces of paper you will need.
Second- Take your stack of papers and fold them hamburger style. These are the pages of your book.
Third- Now you and your children are ready to fill in the pages and create your very own story! Important: Leave the first and last pages blank, as they will be glued down.
Fourth- Take the cardboard off of the back of a legal pad, and fold it in half hamburger style. This will be the hard-back cover of your book.
Fifth- Unfold the cardboard and the paper and put the paper in the cardboard cover. Starting from the cardboard side, push the needle and thread through the cardboard to the other side, and then, about an inch up, back through to the cardboard side. Repeat this until the spine is stitched, ending on the cardboard side. Glue the blank pages to the inside of the cardboard.
Sixth- This is where the fabric comes into play. Set the book, cover-side, on the fabric. Depending on the size of the paper you used, the amount of extra fabric that you will leave will vary (for normal 8.5” x 11” printer paper, we left ½”) because it will have to cover the edges of your first and last pages (those ones that you left blank, remember?). Cut the outline out of the fabric, making sure to leave room to fold.
Seventh- If the book is still open and centered on the fabric, leave it there. If not, center it. Glue the fabric down over the inside of the cardboard cover. Fold it wrapping paper style. Put a stack of books on top of your children’s book and let it dry overnight (it might be useful to put a separator in between the first page and the inside cover to keep the glue from seeping out and ruining your book).
After it’s dry, you and your kids are ready to read your own homemade children’s book! Enjoy!