Making Books with Kids {Book Review}


Cynthia received a copy of Making Books with Kids ($24.99 Value) by Esther K. Smith, in exchange for this post.  Any opinions expressed here are honest and her own.

Looking for snowy/rainy day projects or already planning summer projects for the kiddos? If so, I’ve got the book for you…. Making Books with Kids – 25 Paper Projects to Fold, Sew, Paste, Pop and Draw. Prominent book artist, respected and successful author, Esther K. Smith helps bring books to life by actually showing kids how to make books. Not write them, but physically MAKE books. Esther has worked with students of all ages and in a variety of settings, from college classrooms to bookstore backrooms. In Making Books with Kids, Esther distills everything she has learned into an inspiring collection of more than 25 fun projects for decorating and manipulating paper and making and binding books using a wide variety of techniques.

Chapter 1 introduces the “Basics” of book making….types of paper to use, how to fold signatures (a folded section of paper) and the basic tools needed to make different kinds of books.

Chapter 2-5 introduces the different books to make:

            *Folding books

*Making pop-ups

*Decorating papers

*Sewing books

Each chapter gives a great step-by-step instruction and pictures to ease in the making of the books.

Making Books with Kids is geared for ages 6 to infinity, but children around 5 would do well with it if they have motivated parents. Some projects are easier, some are more detailed oriented. Great projects for group parties, or the classroom.

Making Books with Kids can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and anywhere books are sold. Get your copy today!

About the Author

Esther K. Smith creates artists’ books and limited editions at Purgatory Pie Press, collaborating with hand-typographer Dikko Faust and other artists and writers. Her work has been exhibited at such prestigious venues as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), and is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Tate Gallery (London), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), and the Whitney Museum. Esther teaches throughout the United States, Canada, and England, taught Artist Books to adults at Cooper Union for more than fifteen years, and has been a visiting artist working with children at the Museum of Arts and Design and the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Esther is also the author of two books on book arts, How to Make Books (2007)and Magic Books & Paper Toys (2008), and contributed a foreword to Little Book of Book Making by Charlotte Rivers (August 2014), all published by Potter Craft/Random House. An active promoter who supports her titles with hands-on workshops, Esther is a fixture at the Brooklyn Book Festival (typically held in September), and has children’s events scheduled at the independent bookstores WORD in Jersey City, New Jersey, and McNally Jackson Books in New York City.


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