Storybook making kits for kids

This giveaway for a storybook-making kit has now ended. Congratulations, Jodie and Mum-me!

A few mornings ago I found Emma (aged 5) doing this:

Emma making a picture book

She informed me that she was making a book. It’s called, “The Caterpillar Story”, and it starts off with a little caterpillar and a little cat. Then we learn that a little girl had a cat, and then we learn that there is a little girl alien. Not exactly a plot, but definitely a sense of connection between the pages:

Book cover: The Caterpillar Story Page 2: The little caterpillar, the little cat
Page 3: The little girl had a cat. Page 4: A little girl alien

Then it gets pretty random, starting with a fireman and fire fighter truck, moving on to a hippo, then to a bumblebee greeting two cats, and ending with a dog.

Page 5: Fire fighter truck, fire man Page 6: The hippo
Page 7: A bumblebee says, "I love you, Cats!" Final page: a dog says, "ruff"

Johnny (aged 3) joined in, making a spider book. His book consists of a many-limbed spider, two aliens, and a house. In green ink, of course, because he loves green:

Cover Page: Spider Book Page 2: Alien
Page 3: Another alien Final page: a house

Lily (aged 1, for a couple days at least) started to make a book, but got distracted after the first page. Emma and Johnny were extremely proud of their books. I thought they were pretty neat, too, so we ran them through our laminator, punched holes, and tied the pages together with a bit of string. Now they can read their books all they want!

Emma and Johnny read their self-authored books

My kids enjoyed this so much, I thought it would be fun to put together a small kit to inspire other children to make books of their own. I have two “make your own book” kits to give away to readers of this blog! They are very simple: 8 pieces of cardstock (5.5 x 4.25 inches) hole punched (heart shaped because that’s what I own, although you can’t really tell that it’s a heart once the yarn is in), and a bit of blue yarn to tie the finished book together. Nothing fancy, but enough to keep a child creatively busy for a few minutes, at least! And hopefully something they will go on to duplicate on their own. =)

To enter, leave a comment on this blog saying that you would like to be entered in this giveaway and who you would give the kit to. You can leave a comment without saying that; it just won’t be counted as an entry in this giveaway! You can have an extra entry if you share an activity you think my kids (aged 5, 3, and nearly 2) would enjoy!

Giveaway prize: a "make your own book" kit

This giveaway is open WORLDWIDE. The giveaway ends August 13th at 11:59pm.  Two winners will be drawn by and announced on this blog (at the top of this post) as well as emailed. The winners will have 48 hours to respond or new winners will be drawn. Include your email address in your comment to win.


  1. says

    I would like to be entered in the giveaway. I would give the book kits to my daughters since they love to make their own books!
    momofquads at gmail dot com

  2. says

    I don’t want to be entered (we also make our own books), but the idea is awesome, and I loved Emma and Johnny’s book. Maybe one day Emma will become an illustrator, she definitely has a talent for it!

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