How to help a kid make their own story book

Children of all ages love to explore their creative talents. If your child is especially good at writing or drawing, why not showcase his or her creativity by making a homemade storybook together? With the help of your personal computer, some online templates, and your local copy shop, your child can be a published author.

— Getting started. To start your project, first, decide what type of storybook you want to create. If you want to make a picture book, collect a variety of your child’s drawings and other artwork. If your child is an avid writer, help him or her to type the story onto your computer. Your child can make up a fictional story, or, if he or she needs a little assistance, you can help your child to write their own autobiography. For an autobiography, ask your child to tell the story of his or her life and add to it by listing current favorites– friends, foods, songs, hobbies, etc. There are also several online sites that offer story templates for a fee– you just plug in your child’s name and some other information and a personalized story will be created, ready for printing.

— Illustrating the story. Once your child’s story is written, print it out on lightweight cardstock or another type of heavy paper. If the story does not yet include pictures, sit down with your child to create beautiful illustrations. Use watercolors, crayons, markers– whatever your child likes to work with. If your child is not the artistic type, use your computer’s clipart program or the Internet to add pictures to the story. Another option is to cut out pictures from magazines and glue them onto the pages of your story book. Whichever option you decide on, make sure that your child is actively involved in the process of illustrating the story.

— Covers. Next, be sure to make a cover for the story book– complete with your child’s name. For an added touch, print the date that the story was written on the inside cover of the book, along with any other relevant publishing information, such as the copyright year and the name of your publishing company.

— Laminate it. Take the finished story to a local copy shop and ask to have the pages laminated. This will protect the pages from being ripped or smeared, and it will preserve them for years to come.

— Bind it. Most copy shops also offer binding services. Plastic spiral binding is an inexpensive way to hold your child’s storybook together. If you do not like the look of spiral binding, inquire about wire binding or tape binding. For a more professional (but also more expensive) option, consider saddle stitch binding or perfect binding, which is traditional hot glue binding. Keep in mind that these premium bindings can be quite costly, so only consider them if money is not an object. If you want to keep your project very low budget, you can always purchase a three-ring binder to hold your child’s storybook together.

Finally, once your child’ finished product is ready, display it in a prominent place in your home or as adding it to your family’s personal library. You and your child will not only cherish the book forever, but you will cherish the memories you have of making it together as well.

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