Making Books with Children

Kids are naturally curious and creative. Making books with children is one way parents and educators give kids the space and encouragement to express their creative talents.

Books for kids to make depend on what the kids wish to express.

Depending on their age, you can give suggestions and options to choose from.

Making a book with children is a form of play.

"Play is the highest form of research." ---Albert Einstein

Children of all ages love to play when given support, time, encouragement and sometimes direction.

I suggest a few themes for your child to consider as she makes her book.

Remember, my ideas are simply to jump start your child's mind and heart (if they need any jump starting).

Here's the beginning of a story about a Christmas tree; have your child complete the ending.

The Sad Saga of a Mistreated Christmas Tree

Once upon a time, a joyous Christmas tree felt like he was in heaven.

An angel sat upon his head, his arms were covered with homemade Christmas wreaths and ornaments, and the Burleson kids gave him a treat on Christmas day.

"I'm going to miss you. You're a great tree, I feel like you’re my friend," exclaimed Melissa, the youngest. She tried hugging George, but her tiny arms were too small to get too far around.

"Mommy, can't we keep George?" she asked. She wanted to retain the meaning of Christmas and joyous spirit year round.

"No, dear, I'm sorry. In a few days, we'll have to send George on his way. We can't have the house cluttered by…," she stopped herself short.

Now, three days later, a miserable George Claiborne lay in a heap, almost dead and shivering, next to the dumpster, wondering how he’d ever reunite with his brothers and sisters.

That's the start. Your child, if she chooses, completes this story below and have it published online at Childrens Educational Books.

Or, if you're really into making books with children, check out Lintor Make a Book, publishing childrens books for ideas.

They also offer a program for...

Kids Writing Books

What types of books does your child like to read?

That's another place to get ideas for books for kids to make and to write.

Here's help selecting words for writing childrens books.

Have A Great Ending to This Christmas Tree Story?

Do you have a great ending to the beginning of this Christmas tree story? Share it! We'd love to hear it and be able to share it with others.

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