Creating Happy, Hungry Bookworms One Book at a Time

A friend of mine turned me on to binding my own books.  Since her introduction I have become addicted to turning lessons, collections of favorite drawings, and anything else I can bind into hand-bound books.  I know that the books I make my children- where they actively participate in the book making process right down to the stitching of the binding- are creating more than just treasured family heirlooms; they’re creating book lovers.

There are countless techniques out there for binding your own books and a plethora of tutorials on Youtube.  Google will lead you to numerous sites that sell kits and materials.  I am exceedlingly grateful for my friend in steering me to Binding Books Beautifully.  As a homeschooling mother I like to support a fellow homeschooling mom.  I can’t speak highly enough about this kit and the friendly customer service.  Anytime I called or emailed with a question Lisa responded kindly and quickly.  I should point out that I was not asked to review this product and am only writing as a happy customer.

I was a bit daunted at first at the thought of attempting to bind my own books.  My friend’s finished products looked so wonderful I was sure it would be a long tedious process.  And in all honesty my first book did take me a bit of time to figure out.  But after that inital book, I found I was whipping them out as quickly as my kids could write them.  I learn with each book I make and find things that work and don’t work for me.  In fact, with my most recent book I experimented with using an iron-on embroidery of Disney’s Princess Tiana and loved the result.  (See Princess book image at the bottom of the post)

Book binding is such a great learning activity for children of all ages. Check out this post for a detailed “how-to” on binding your own books.

My preschooler likes to help hammer in the nails and we use the stitching of the binding as an introductory lesson on sewing. Mira loves to help me make books for her own collection and she gets special enjoyment out of binding books for her friends as precious and personalized gifts.  The book possiblities are endless and can stretch as far as your imagination.  Recipe books, family tree books, diaries and journals.  I like binding my children’s work after they finish a unit or lesson.  It’s nice to have a homemade, hard-bound book to review and come back to later.  As Mira gets older I can delegate more of the book binding process to her and eventually let her have at it all by herself.

My daughter Stella was still a bit young to help out with the actual binding process but that doesn’t mean she was left out of the book loving experience.  I am able to make her personalized books based on her current favorite things and include pictures of her right in the stories.  After making Stella her very own books I noticed her attention span lasting longer during story time.  With personalized books, her interest in reading increased exponentially. I recently made “Princess Stella’s Alphabet Book” and included all her favorite Disney princesses and characters in an alphabetical adventure.  She opened it for Christmas and the look of happiness on her face will forever be imprinted in my memory.

Binding Books Beautifully complete kit – $35

Creating avid book lovers for life – Priceless

***You can see more pictures of some of our hand-bound books in these blog posts.***

***Check out my HOW-TO on book binding here.*** 

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7 Responses to Creating Happy, Hungry Bookworms One Book at a Time

  1. This is such a neat idea! My head is swimming with all the different books I could make for our homeschool :)

    • Kristen says:

      Be warned- it is very addicting. Wonderfully so! Each book we add to our library is special and holds real meaning for my girls. Not to mention all the fabulous gift ideas you can pass on.

  2. Angela says:

    Oh. my. gosh. My daughter would DIE for this!

    Thanks so much for the review and link!

    • Kristen says:

      One of my best homeschooling investments to date. My daughter and I are currently making a secret birthday book for her father that she has written and illustrated all by herself. It’s just really amazing to see her excitement as her work becomes “a real” book.
      I hope you look into it further. I can only imagine the creative books your daughter would publish. :)

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