- Here’s what you need to make a homemade reader:
- rigid cardboard (use the backing of a drawing pad, I used the back of a watercolour pad)
- Scrapbook paper in a pattern of your choice and a solid complementary colour
- a story your child dictated to you
- drawing paper for your child to illustrate his story
- a small cross-stitch design for the title
(1)Using a rigid cardboard measure three rectangles
Two rectangles of 5 1/2″ X 9″ for the front and back covers
one rectangle of 1″ X 9″ for the spine
(2) Cut using an ‘exacto’ knife to get a straight, clean edge.
the covers slightly off the paper. Trace around the cardboard
and measure an additional 1″ border. Cut two of the same.
spine making sure to have 1″ of border
making sure to leave a small space between the sides of the spine.
to the solid colour paper, fold and glue both top and bottom tabs.
to the edge of the paper and add a 45′ angle to each corner.
Position your patterned paper like shown and glue in place.
to count the first and last pages for your story (add them to the number of pages you will need)
, you will be using the front and back to glue the book to it’s hardcover.
Taking good quality drawing paper, cut 10 1/4″ X 8″ fold in half.
Print your child’s story by using a text box format and adding a border.
Print and give to your child to cut around the frame. Have your child illustrate
pieces of the same to cover the front and back of the book. Ours
measures 11″ X 8″. Fold in half, glue one side to the front hardcover and the
other to the first page. Do the same at the back, fold the other piece in
half and glue one side to the last page while the other side is glued to the back of the hardcover.
a great opportunity for a child to make, I tried to encourage Evan
but he felt it would take too long. So I stitched it for him. Voila!
Your reader is complete. Now your child can read it over and over again,
while he improves his reading skills.