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Thanks for all the great ideas on making books. My class was last Tuesday and
it was Great!
I used the accordian method suggested by most of you. I used large
construction paper for the accordian fold and half size construction paper to
glue (thinly applied white glue) to the accordian folds. The kids had the
option of putting as many pages into their book as they liked. (Some had as
many as 30 pages--they were thrilled!) The top and bottom fold of the
accordian had a full size folded piece of construction paper glued to them.
For the covers and backs I cut some of my "free" colored matt board to size.
One half of the colored construction paper was glued to the matt board and the
other half was a page in the book. The matt board went up to the accordian
binding, but not over it. To close the binding I used colored duct tape
(comes in rainbow colors at the hardware store). You need three pieces the
length of the book--One to attach each piece of board and the third down the
middle of the binding. Then you'll need short pieces to seal each end of the
binding. I had ribbon available and some of the kids chose to include a book
mark in the binding before taping it up. The books were beautiful! We
completed this in about 1 hour/ 20 minutes so most of the kids were already
putting a title on the cover, numbering their pages, illustrating, etc. A lot
of excitement, plans to make diaries, picture books to read to lower grades,
little tiny personal books--the ideas were flying. The classroom teacher is
planning on tieing this to reading (of course), science (observation
drawings), gifts for mother's day...and I'm sure she will think up many many
Thanks so much. You all have great ideas to share. I am very grateful to be
a part of this list!