Build your own book
a Derwent Stories activity
On our Bumbles, butterflies and picnics day with Derwent Stories, we made Bumble Books and drew in these the insects and flowers we were finding. These are concertina books which essentially fit one long folded strip of paper into a cover. Once you are used to doing these, you could experiment – stick books together by the cover to make thicker volumes, have sections that fold out in different directions….
You will need:
- 1 piece of thin cardboard (about 15cm x 10.5cm)
- glue or a gluestick
- paper for the bookblock (see below)
- pencils, wax crayons, coloured pencils, scrap paper…
Make your bookblock: this is the set of pages that make the body of the book. You might use a long strip of paper (A2 (flipchart sized) cut into quarters lengthwise works well) or take a sheet of A4 (standard printer size) and cut or tear it in half lengthways. Overlap the ends by about 1cm and stick them together. We have a prepared sheet (“Bumble book”) that should print out on A4 paper with pictures of bees and butterflies and a couple of boxes to help you make this first book. Fold it in half, lengthwways, overlap the ends and glue…..
Write a poem for a page?
Falling sky splinters
Into scabious and cornflower blue,
While tormentil nestles in the grass,
Droplets of sunshine on the green
Concertina: fold your strip of paper in half and then in half again. Unfold it: this should give you 8 sections of about the same size. Use those folds as guides to now fold the paper into a zig-zag pattern
Try an acrostic perhaps?
M – many harvest mice hiding
I – in the long grass, swaying,
C – curl up in careful nests
E – every night in safety.
Now you are ready to make your book! It is easier to work on the book before you fit it into the cover. Work on one side of your paper. On your pages you might:
- add a patch of scrap paper and draw on that
- make a pocket
- do a rubbing
- add a map
- make a pop-up
- think of something else….
When it is done decide if you are having
- a) a book that unfolds completely – stick one end page into the cover. You could now work on the back side of your pages (Picture 9: stick one end of the finished block into the cover)”
- b) a book that is fixed at both ends. If you are going for this, you might need to refold your concertina so it looks like picture 10 (Both ends ready to glue in)
Cover: fold the card in half. Decorate the cover. Glue in the book block….Title? Author?
Please, send us a picture of your finished book! firstname.lastname@example.org