Make your own book

Here's some creative fun from the former Children's Laureate: discover how to produce a little book of your own, full of interesting new facts and thoughts. 

Inspired by The Onion's Great Escape by Sara Fanelli (Phaidon)

Staring into Space: resources from the former Children's Laureate

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Make a book activity sheet

At the end of this project, you will have made a book of your own that you can carry around with you, and add to whenever you like.

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Six activity sheets to try

From making your own book to a 3D world, there's a creative idea to suit every child and classroom.

Extra ideas for the make-a-book resource

If you have time and want more inspiration, Lauren and Josey have some brilliant ideas of other things to do alongside this activity. They're all very good companions to The Onion's Great Escape by Sara Fanelli, which prompted this resource.

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This is so much more than a book: a loudspeaker, a spirograph, a decoder ring, a perpetual calendar and even a musical instrument!

Ponder some questions

Here some of the questions that Sara Fanelli asks in The Onion's Great Escape. Share these with your child and class and see what they come up with: they're there to stretch the imagination and help you think outside the box! They also create the story of YOU... 

  • Who are you?
  • Is something less real because we cannot touch it? 
  • What is the best / longest / shortest minute you can remember?
  • What is your earliest memory?
  • List things that make everyone you know happy

Download the questions to print out (PDF)

Staring into Space: resources from the former Children's Laureate 

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