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Resource File: Early Childhood -- Literacy

Creating Your Own Storybooks

Ocassionally teachers want to create their own storybooks that relate to a class theme, trip or event. Creating storybooks consists of two parts, conceptualizing and creating the content, and physically creating the book.

Conceptualizing the Content

Frequently teachers create books with repeated lines to reinforce vocabularly and concepts the class is working on. Following the pattern of a well known repeated line book, such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, can be helpful. For example, a class might create a book called The Very Hungry ... (fill in the blank). Each child can contribute an item of food that he or she or a fellow class member ate on a particular day of the week. In this way a familiar story structure is being used to create a unique book that is personalized for the class.

Making the Book

A variety of resources exist which describe various ways books can be created and bound. One method involves mounting the pictures on posterboard (heavy stock paper), adding text, laminating each page (to make them sturdy and facilitate cleaning), and binding the pages together with clear packing tape.

Picture of Frank Thomas, baseball player, mounted on posterboard.

See Chapter 8 of Baby Power for tips on facilitating "INTERACTIVE STORYBOOK READING."

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This material was developed by the National Center to Improve Practice (NCIP)  in collaboration with the Center for Literacy and Disabilities (CLD)  at Duke University.   NCIP was funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs from October 1, 1992 - September 30, 1998, Grant #H180N20013.  Permission is granted to copy and disseminate this information.  If you do so, please cite NCIP.   Contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by CLD, NCIP, EDC, or the U.S. Government.  This site was last updated in September 1998. 

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