As we have many children on the path to reading, we thought it would be fun to make our own books to read. We start by taking a piece of paper and folding it into eighths.
Turn it into a W and the cut along the middle fold.
Let it drop open and you will have a small book. We talked to the children about being an author- someone who writes the book (or thinks the words and someone else writes them down) and about being an illustrator (someone who draws the pictures- these pictures explain what the words are about.) We made several books! Some were stories about a bat or even Benjamin Franklin, others were more instructional (How to Draw a House) and a few were more along the lines of reference books (Flowers or Rainbows). Here are some examples...
The children were VERY proud of their work. They loved being able to take home their own book. This is a great activity for any age child.