Homemade Story Book Ideas for Kids
In this special blog post, ABC Reading Eggs author Sara Leman shares the wonderful benefits of creating homemade books with children to build essential literacy skills and create some incredible lifelong memories.
There's been a frenzy of paper folding and stapling going on in my house recently. Homemade books are appearing fast and furiously as my 8‑year‑old daughter embarks upon creating yet more 'novels'.
Hannah has been making her own books since she was about 5. It coincided with starting school, and the realisation that those random marks she used to make on paper could actually be turned into words. She quickly worked out that if you string enough of these words together across several pages, you end up with your very own book. Her first creation was Ruby the Magic Bear. It was greeted with such rapturous acclaim from the grown‑ups that as a result, Hannah has been writing books with great fervour ever since.
Encouraging your child to make their own books has many benefits, both educationally and emotionally. Some of these benefits include:
Children absolutely love it when you sit together and read their stories. As well as building a bond between parent and child, sharing stories validates the child as an author and makes them feel proud of their achievements.
Writing stories allows children to find a voice to express thoughts, feelings, fears and experiences. It builds confidence and provides an emotional outlet for many children.
Increased concentration span
When a child is engaged in a task they enjoy, it leads to higher levels of motivation and an increased concentration span. As a parent, you can feel good about the fact your child is also developing their thinking and creative skills while they create their masterpiece.
The development of writing skills
Writing a book requires a lot of skill, including holding the pencil correctly, forming the letters, spacing the words, and writing in lines from left to right.
The development of reading skills
In writing their own books, children draw upon the usual book conventions such as having a front cover, text and illustration placement, numbering pages, writing chapter headings and even having a 'blurb' on the back of the book. When older children read their stories aloud it encourages them to proofread their work and edit where necessary.
Homemade Story Book Ideas and Tips
Sara Leman is a mum, ex‑teacher and author of the ABC Reading Eggs 'My First' series. Sara also writes the lesson content for the ABC Reading Eggs and ABC Mathseeds programs.