While grown-up authors labor intensively over their books, kids love to make their own books and will dash off a few at the drop of a hat. My kids love to grab a small stack of white paper, staple it together, and create whatever’s in their head. Some take inspiration from a school project like an alphabet book. Others create their own comics based on favorite stuff animals. Then there’s the military history ones full of battle maps, tanks, and soldiers. Kids can also use the mini book format to record vacation memories.
One of our favorite mini book templates was inspired by the mini books used in lapbooks. Take a discard file folder and cut it in half to create 2 folded covers. Or, use card stock cut into smaller pieces. Cut up scrap paper for the inside pages. Put everything together and staple the book together. Get creating!
When I worked with my 4 year old on his book, he dictated the story which I wrote down for him. Then, he made the illustrations. Sometimes, younger ones like to tell a story they’ve heard, like a favorite picture book. I love hearing them retell the story. Older kids can write their own stories and do their illustrations. Give older kids free reign with the art supplies; you’ll be amazed at what they come up with.
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