Child’s Instruction Guide to Create Their Own Mini Book.
Writing opens up the opportunity for a child’s imagination to soar and creativity to thrive.
Writing helps kids learn speech and language skills; spelling, grammar rules, and punctuation.
Writing helps kids develop ideas and become better communicators and problem solvers.
Create-a-Book is a great summer project for your child.
The Following Excerpt Pages were taken from the “Kid’s Writing Workshop Series” by Donna Watkins:
There are 7 Key Elements to a Story:
(Idea – Characters - Plot - Setting - Narrative - Conflict - Resolution )
The Basic (Beginning – Middle – End) parts of a story can be assembled by simply answering these age old questions: Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How.
Ideas are ‘all around us’- A story can be spun around any person, place, thing, or situation. Pull out your pencil and paper and try one of these “ideas”.
As Far As “Ideas” go - Here is a Short List of Writing Prompts to Write About:
A Family Pet – The Best Vacation – Trip to the Zoo – Trip to Grandma’s House – Favorite Sport – Something You and A Friend have built together or done together - A Scary Thing that Happened to you – A Trip to Outer Space & and An Alien You Met – A Key you Found and What it Unlocked – A Treasure Map – A Secret Code – The Secret unveiled by a Talking Parrot – A Magic Box – Your Hobby – Your Favorite Game – Your Favorite Food – Your Favorite Person – A Princess – A King – A Billionaire – A Homeless Animal – A Bat, Insect, Bird, or Animal you share the planet with – A Farm you visited – A Day in a Candy Factory – A Day in an Apple Orchard – A meet-up with a Witch or Wizard. A Day with Your Favorite Sports Player – A Day with Your Favorite Music Band - A Special or Unusual Place you’ve Been – A Place You’ve Always wanted to Go – A Trip Through the Rainforest Jungle and Creatures you saw there – A Ride Through The Desert on a 4-wheeler and Creature you saw there – A Mountain Climbing Event – A Snorkel Dive for Sunken Gold Treasures – A Meet Up with A Ghost – A Trip through a Cemetery at night - A Trip on a Plane - A Trip on a Submarine – A Trip on a Space Ship – A Trip into the Future - The Sky is The Limit as far as Ideas go. You can also - Write About Something Interesting Happening on a ‘Specific Holiday’ like “Halloween” or “Christmas”.
A Setting is a place – a time for your story. Where does your story happen - - on a tropical island – in the middle of a desert – on a ship – on another planet – in your own backyard? When does your story occur? Modern times – Ancient times - or maybe - in the Future?
The People, Animals, Imaginary Creatures who are doing things inside your story.
Who is telling the story? One of the Characters? (First Person: “I did this”) OR is the story told by someone outside the story (Third Person: “They Did That”)
The plot is the plan of action and the series of events that happen to move the story along to accomplish the objective of the story.
An important part of a story is ‘the conflict’ – Conflict happens when someone is trying to solve a problem. The conflict can be between two characters, or, between the character and his own struggles with a situation as he is trying to either overcome/or/accomplish something.
The Culmination or The Resolve of the conflict.
This is the most exciting part of the story. It is when the hero saves the day, the villain is defeated, the treasure is found, or the accomplishment has been achieved.
The Ending is reached when Your Characters have been successful at accomplishing their goal and your theme has proven itself.
These are the parts of ‘The Plan’ you might use to Write a Story and I hope you will use them to write a story of your own. Follow the Story Structure Guide on page 4.
Writing takes some work and patience, that’s for sure. However, when your book is complete and you hold it in your hands, you will be filled with pride and joy. You brought an idea into formation on a page. With a stroke of your pen you created characters that seem real now, not imaged. When you add pictures you breathe life into those characters – they can be seen. The reader can identify with them, feel happy or sad for them, or, be their cheerleader.
Books educate, entertain, inspire, and encourage us as Readers. As Writers, they may open doors of opportunities we never dreamed of.
What type of book do you have inside you?
How to Put Together A Mini Book for a child
- 4 or more sheets of copy paper – Let’s use 5 sheets for this example
- Interior Pages – Take a single sheet of paper (First Page) – fold in half on ‘short side’ (8 ½ inch side). Hold the edges together evenly and smooth out a sharp crease in the center seam with your finger. In the center seam – measure down 2 inches from top edge toward center (in the seam line) and make a pencil mark at the end of your measure. Do the same 2 inch measure and pencil mark from the bottom edge up toward the center of seam line. Using your end markings as guides - make a very thin quarter moon cut in the center of the ‘seam’ edge – from the bottom edge pencil mark to the top edge pencil mark. This process creates a thin center hole in the paper through which the remaining pages will slide and interlock.
- Interior Pages - Keeping the remaining 4 pages of copy paper together - fold them on the short side (8 ½ inch side )- press firmly to make a good seam crease. Make a cut from top edge of paper down toward center of seam (cut only 2 inches down) in the seam line. Repeat process for bottom edge of seam (cut 2 inches from bottom toward center of seam). Creates seam end slits
- Interior Pages - Holding the grouping of 4 pages of paper together - Roll the outer edges of left side of the paper grouping in toward the center to make a loose cylinder. This will happen easily because of the seam cuts you made. Hold the cylinder shaped edge together and slide the papers through’ the center cut seam hole in the first page – release the cylinder pages and they will immediately ‘interlock’ and lay out flat as interior book pages.
- Book Cover - Add the Book Cover: Fold a piece of construction paper (short edge to short edge) and trim to fit – extending out about ¼ inch from the book’s interior page edges. Your Book Cover measurements will be about 5 ¾ inches Wide by 8 ¾ inches in length while the book’s interior pages will measure about 5 ½ x 8 ½ . Glue the construction paper cover to the front of the ‘first interior page’ and the back of the last interior page. Do Use a glue stick or glue tape you can find at hobby/craft section or store. Don’t use liquid or gel glue because it can leave lumps that won’t smooth out and could bleed through stains.
- Book Cover - Add Title Label to Front Cover and Draw pictures or paste pictures on Book Cover.
- Interior Text Pages - A special help to keep text straight and neat on the page is to add notebook paper. Cut to fit – Notebook paper – 5 ½ width by 8 ½ length - then glue the lined notebook paper onto the blank ‘text pages’ of the book
- Art Pages (Illustrations) – Paste pictures from magazines, etc . onto art pages or draw your own illustrations and color them. Try to set up your art and text pages to face each other (example: art page on the left side of the center seam and text page on the right side). Word of caution – if you are planning to ‘publish’ your mini book – you cannot use other people’s illustrations and photos without their permission if they are copyrighted works. You can look for ‘free for commercial use works in public domain areas on the internet.