Making a Book with Children
Teach the value of Reading, Writing and applying Imagination
Al Pirozzoli shares a great way for parents and grandparents to create books with their children and grandchildren.
How to Guide Children with their Book
The Idea, The Story
Start with your child’s idea for a story. It helps to prepare a basic outline of the story, the characters, the plot, the ending etc. You can obviously help and coach, but try not to overtake the project from an adult perspective.
You’ll need illustrations that you can help your child create. If the book is not going to be commercially sold, you can find photos, cartoons, and drawings online to use. Depending on the storyline, you can use your smartphone to take photos that accompany the story. Don’t be too concerned about professionalism, this is a project to help your child express creativity, allow you to play a role in it, and teach the value of reading, writing and applying imagination.
Of course, you can also be a co-author and work together to develop a book. Following are a few photos to demonstrate basic ways to put a book together.
5 Steps to Help Kids Create a Book
Step 1 – The Cover
Step 2 – The Story
Step 3 – Adding Pages
Step 4 – Binding the Book
Step 5 – Or No Binding
So, there it is… a simple, low-cost way to explore creativity with your child, grandchild, or student.
Want to Self-Publish their book?
You can easily create a self-published children’s book with Amazon’s Kindle Kids’ Book Creator. This is different than adult self-publishing because it is based on a lot of images. If you want to give it a go, this is something you will probably have to do for your children, unless they are older. The link for Kindle Kids’ Book Creator is HERE.
Helping children make a book … it’s a great way to promote creative thinking. (By the way, it’s really okay to color outside the lines.)