Book Making

DSC_0403Little Makers: Picture Books

(November 2013)

PlaceFayetteville Free Library

Topics: Literacy, Storytelling, Writing

Dates: Tuesday, 11/12 from 5:30-6:30pm; Saturday, 11/16 from 10:30-11:30pm

Educational Content: We learned:

  • Vocabulary: author, illustrator, text, illustrations
  • The physical parts of a book, including the cover, title page, pages/page numbers.
  • We also thought about narrative structure of books and how all books have a beginning, a middle, and an end.

Books & Resources:


  • Blank Zig-Zag Books (or cardboard and sheets of cardstock)
  • 3 little pigs on flannel board (or another classic story that is easy to tell)
  • Pencils
  • Colored pencild/crayons
  • Glue sticks


  1. TELL: We started off by talking about how books are stories, and you can tell them or read them. I then invited the children to help me tell the story of the three little pigs using a large flannel board. I gave the flannel pieces to the children and let them act out the narrative as I told the story.
  2. READ: Then, I read We Are In a Book by Mo Willems. This book was especially effective since it helped draw attention to parts of a book in a fun, humorous way. I pointed out that there are two characters, and they are talking or engaging in dialogue. Piggy and elephant also point out the page numbers and how every book comes to an end. This book had a profound impact on the kids in the session as you can see from Micah’s retelling, below.
  3. WRITE: I initially gave the children storyboards to practice on before I gave them their real book, but I found that at this age, they didn’t want to duplicate their work twice. Instead, most children decided to cut out the storyboard squares and glue them into the final book. We did have a few who couldn’t decide what to write about, so be ready to offer ideas and prompts. I found that it was helpful to ask the child about family, pets, or favorite activities and to go from there.
  4. MAKE: Finally, I helped them to glue the cover to the pages of the book (with ribbon, if desired.)