Tuesday, October 31, 2017

30 Tiny Books To Make, Read and Treasure In Your Makerspace and Library

Yesterday I received a package in the mail. 

When I opened up the box, I pulled out the most beautiful book. 

And then I stopped, Oh wait, this book is actually a box.  
I opened the lid and found this tiny book that read My Miniature Library.... 30 Tiny Books To Make, Read and Treasure Instructions.  
 Inside the box were delicate pages of paper with tiny words and detailed, bright colored illustrations.
They were all ready to be cut and made into a mini library!   
This couldn't have come at a better time as I have been working on a few ideas for creating homemade books and books projects in our libraries and Makerspaces.  
With the holidays coming up, this is the perfect gift idea and of course, anytime throughout the year is the perfect time for bookmaking too!  

In fact, I even put together the Homemade Books and Book Projects Pinterest Board to bring together and share lots of ideas I have been finding online and through research. 
Let's get back to My Mini Library...30 Tiny Books To Make, Read and Treasure from Laurence King Publishing, illustrated by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini.

As the flyer inside states, My Miniature Library is a charming gift set of 30 tiny books, housed in a box that converts into a home library with a punch-out bookcase.  Each book requires assembly of cutting, folding and gluing.  
The 30 titles include abbreviated versions of fairy tales, classic stories, natural history volumes, plus 10 blank books (some guided) read for creative authorship.  

Can't you just see this in a Makerspace?  My students would have been so excited!  

And my own children would love it too!  

So last night, Hagan and I set off to create our very first book for our miniature library.  
 We decided to make Cinderella.  

First, we found the pages and...
 the cover.
We also opened up the My Miniature Library Instruction Book
 It told us to cut out the two strip of the pages from Cinderella and the cover.
 Next, Hagan folded the two strips as instructed...
back and forth until...
 both were ready to be...
 glued to the next one on the end pages.
 We just used an Elmer's Glue Stick.
As we glued it together, we made sure it was well folded into the little accordion so it would fit into...
 the Cinderella book cover.  We glued the two end pages onto the back and front of the cover too.
 We were very excited and happy to see how beautiful our little book was!
 Now it was time to create the bookcase for Cinderella and all of the miniature books.
When the bookcase was finished, we put it into the box which converts into a room with a wood floor and wallpaper walls including a window and framed picture.

Cinderella fit perfectly on the shelf.
 And everything fit inside of the box for storage when not being displayed or used.
I love how there are 10 blank books and covers children can write and finish themselves.  

This will inspire writing, creativity and excitement as these tiny treasures are shared and cherished.

Here are a few ways you could use the blank books...

  • Have your students write fractured fairy tales 
  • Have your students write their own classics
  • Have your students write adventure stories from their Makerspace
  • Have your students write about their creative superpower
  • Have your students write tiny book biographies
I couldn't love this new little library more!  I can't wait for you and your makers to open up the box and build your miniature library too. 
Watch this video to learn more and visit Laurence King Publishing to order yours today.

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