Sunday, May 12, 2013

Easy Bookbinding Tutorial

Getting a chance to bind the stories that they have written into books is really motivating to my little second grade authors.  My students do their best work when they know it is going to be bound and made into a great end product.  Below are instructions for a quick and easy way to bind kids into a book.  The best part is all you need is paper and a stapler!

Step 1:  Fold a piece of paper for the cover.  If you wish, you can use card stock for added durability.

Step 2: Fold pieces of paper in half for the inner pages.  Each folded piece of paper will create 1 page. Depending on what you will be using your books for, you may want to use one of the templates provided below to add lines or lines and illustration space to your book.

Step 3: Insert the folded pages into the cover with the creases of the pages facing out and the open ends towards the center.  Having the creases facing outward creates more durable pages and makes the book thicker and more durable. 

Step 4: Staple the pages into the cover of the book. 

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