Ideas for Making Books with Kids

It’s time to feature some of our favorite books for kids in this month’s Virtual Book Club for Kids.  This month a group of great bloggers is sharing books by Aliki.  We chose Aliki’s book,  How a Book is Made.  We are sharing ideas for making books with kids too!

Creative book making ideas for kids gathered from

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Making Books

The Book

How a Book is Made by Aliki shows us all the people(cats in the book) who are involved in creating a book.  Younger children will delight in looking at the pictures and watching the book making process.  Older children (and adults) will gather lots of information as they are enjoying the book through the speech bubbles and text within the pictures.

And I love the way the books starts, “I like books.  I like the way they smell.  I like the way they feel.

The Activities

Making books with kids can range from super easy to super challenging.  The ideas below all range on the easier end of the spectrum. You will find so many opportunities to create canvases for great stories.

We will start with my ultimate favorite way to make books.  A lay-flat masking tape binding is super easy.

See how we used this type of book to make a snowball counting book.

Board books are  durable especially for toddlers.  Check out the board book directions from Teach Preschool.  You could then make your own touch and feel book or add photographs for a family album.

Accordion books are fun because you can “unfold” them and really get the big picture of the story.  Toddler Approved shares an easy way to make an accordion book along with links to some other tutorials.  Also check out their way to make accordion books with envelopes.

A single sheet of paper can be turned into a book.  BloesemKids shows you how to do it.

making books with kids: vellum shape book from

Vellum can add an interesting and foggy look to your books.  Check out the foggy books we created.

A needle, twine and a few other tools and you are set for making sturdy books.  Check out the journals Art Bar made.

I adore these paper bag books from Rosy-Posy.  They remind me of The Jolly Postman books.

Do you remember wearing the silly glasses to watch a 3D movie?  Well, here are directions for making a 3D book with kids from De tout et de rein

Pop-up books are so fun to make with kids.  The amazing Babble Dabble Doo walks you through how to create beautiful pop-up books.

And, don’t miss my other writing activity ideas page.

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Check out more books by Aliki and corresponding activities that others have to share.

Toddler Approved– The Educators’ Spin On It– Rainy Day Mum– 3 Dinosaurs– Learn~Play~Imagine– Crafty Moms Share– Reading Confetti– Inspiration Laboratories– Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas– Kids Yoga Stories– Enchanted Homeschooling Mom– Ready-Set-Read– Boy Mama Teacher Mama– PlayDrMom– Fantastic Fun and Learning– Growing Book by Book– Royal Baloo– The Outlaw Mom® Blog– Kitchen Counter Chronicles– Teach Preschool

About Jodie Rodriguez

Jodie Rodriguez is a mom of two young boys and an early childhood/elementary educator with over 18 years of experience. Jodie's passion is helping parents, teachers, librarians and anyone else interested in nurturing our youngest readers.


  1. Thank you for more bookmaking tips! We LOVE to make books in my preschool classroom. I love how fun and meaningful the whole process is. 🙂

  2. This was completely new for me and its a great activity. I added myself in the list but I am not sure what to do …what is blog hop?


  3. Lovely book making tips

  4. Looks like we are going to have to check this book out! We are always make books around here. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Thanks for the great ideas! I would love to try this with my boys 🙂

  6. My daughter really liked this Aliki book even though it’s seriously out of date. Thanks for sharing with After School Link Up!

  7. This is such an awesomely fun activity! Thank you for sharing your post with The Natural Homeschool and The Life of Jennifer Dawn Linky Party. 🙂 See you next Wednesday! 🙂

  8. Check out Bare Books for great blank books in a variety of formats. I love their blank board books.

    • Oh yes Shecki! I love Bare Books. I have a whole box of different kinds of books that I ordered from them last year. They are a great price and well made. Love them!


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