>Lee, There are many types of bookbinding and they are all real books. You >might try this simple method called the concertina which should work with >2nd graders. Fold long strips of paper into accordian pleats ...about an >inch wide should do. Glue a page to each accordian fold. You can >probably get scrap long strips from a printer and maybe small evenly cut >rectangles for the pages and it will not require any cutting. Glue with >small amounts of elmers glue or use glue sticks to connect. You can make >the accordians as long or short as you wish adding more strips to connect >them. You could make covers out of long strips of paper grocery bags that >are glued onto the front and last pages...or you can use cardboard covers. >Cardboard covers will not cover the spine as the grocery bag will.
Some good books on bookbinding are Paper Pleasures by Faith
Shannon, Handmade Books by Kathy Blake, Creative Bookbinding by Pauline
Johnson and Cover to Cover by Shereen LaPlantz.
After you make your books, you might try putting them under weights
to align them. Cover bricks with paper and use these as weights. The books
should look better after one day under weights.