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Book Making Workshop (4/14)

Google drive link for slides of Booking Making Workshop presented 4/2014.

Making a spread book:

Making a Spread Book from Country Fun Child Care on Vimeo.

As I am continuing to make books with the children in my care I am always trying new ideas. These ideas are gathered and pinned to my Pinterest board: Book Making.

I make formal books as part of a class lesson with a set purpose.

We also make even more informal books. These are all child driven and usually just a pile of papers connected together. They may have scribbles on each page, letters written on the pages, odds ‘n ends of colored paper scraps glued down. I just love that they are being creative,having ownership, having fun!

I have not found that children get tired of one kind of book, so start with one and you can build from there. Having knowledge of different kinds of book structures allows children to pick what works best for them. If the experience is a positive one and the project works, you can use it again many ways and many times. Encouraging our children in what they are doing is the best way to keep them doing it. That means having materials for book making available on a regular basis.

I hope you get some inspiration and try book making with your programs and children. The possibilities are endless and the fun contagious.

When I develop a new project, I make the book structure several times myself, writing down, photos or videoing the steps as I go. I try to get the language as precise as possible. With iPads the videos allow the children to do on their own or teamed with school-age children. Even with practice directions may not be as clear as you thought. Be prepared to adjust. Watching and listening to the kids sometimes shows a better or more natural way for them. They are learning how to listen and follow directions during the book construction which is one of those added benefits of this type of project.

Books done in smaller sizes wastes less paper and seems to stimulate creativity in a way that large pieces of paper don’t. It also a more usable size for smaller hands.

The type of art medium chosen is important to support the type of book writing. I some books we like to combine different media.

To support your book making efforts be sure to expose children to lots of different genres in your reading to and with them. When children are exposed to a variety of genres, they will be more likely to incorporate different genres into their personal bookmaking.

Once children become comfortable with making books, have materials available for free usage. You will usually see even more creativity. Costs can be kept down by using recycled materials. Added benefits to recycling materials – less stress on being perfect supports creativity, flexibility to change up and redo, budget friendly. Having students bring in recycled supplies adds to their investment in the product/project.

Tab Booklet –

tab booklet

Layer – 

with larger sheets the layers can be much larger

with smaller will be smaller

we also sometimes do them unequal depending on why making

Accordion – 

This book can be as short or as long as you’d like. It is especially good for timelines, steps in a process, a series of events, or any sequence at all. The accordion book can unfold up, down, to the left or to the right. You can decide! Index cards, taped together, make good accordion books.

Color one long picture/scene them fold accordion. Can add special words, etc. Fun as it opens up.

Finishing –

For special books do a nicer binding for a more finished look – sew it and even cover the spline

I have found that often ribbon slips apart too easily to use as a binding. I have much better luck with yarn or string. For those time you just have to use ribbon plan on gluing the ribbon to the front and back covers.

To save time cutting the yarn, string or ribbon, I cut a piece of heavy corrugated cardboard to the specific length needed. I wrap the yarn or ribbon around the cardboard cutting it at both ends for one length. For long length cut the cardboard at half the length needed and then just cut through one of the looped ends.


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