Inspired by a favorite resource of mine, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child's Sense of Joy and Wonder by Mariah Bruehl, we stepped up our bookmaking today. After folding about five sheets of white copy paper in half, we covered them with a piece of cardstock which served as a cover. We stapled the paper and cardstock together with three staples at the fold and then covered the staples with electrical tape in fun colors. The project worked beautifully and the girls immediately began working on their masterpieces.
Meg chose a fluorescent green cover and entitled her masterpiece "Fairies of the Sweetness Flowers." She then (with some spelling help from me) wrote, "Illustrator: Meg" and "Author: Meg." Yes, she still remembers the pride she felt when her teacher called her an author and illustrator and she is still making sure she identifies herself as both.