This Summer Festival State Library of Queensland held a series of workshops giving kids the chance to be the published author of their own book. These workshops celebrate children’s voices, placing children and families at the centre of their literacy experience. It gives them the chance to see themselves and their ideas in the stories they share.
Above: Participants committing their ideas to paper.
Children write their own story
Children can make stories about anything and with anything. All you need is A3 paper + textas or collage, paints, scraps of wool and material and plenty of ideas. State Library arts workers and Kids’ Own Publishing set the framework to get kids ideas onto paper but gave the children the freedom and encouragement to decide on their own story.
Above: Kid’s Own Publishing helped children develop their story ideas
Families worked together to create and bring their own special stories to life. The workshops implement the principles of First 5 Forever by acknowledging each child’s unique literary achievements.
Above: Children and families work on their stories
How to make the book
At the end of the workshops participants have a folded book of their own design. Their drawings and stories are told using this simple format.
Above: Photocopy of the final A3 paper with assembled artwork. Different pieces of material and textures help provide interest. A simple pallet of colours ensures a uniform overall look.
Free digital publishing apps
Kids’ Own WePublish App is a great way to write, illustrate, publish and print your own 8-page book you can share with family and friends. It’s a powerful tool to support literacy development. Download it to your iPad from the iTunes Store.
A published work
State Library will publish two picture books compiled from the stories from the workshops. The finished books will be available for sale online and in the library shop. Here is a link to other books published by Kids’ Own Publishing.
Hold your own workshop
Why not hold your own workshop and give children in your community the chance to be the published author of their own work? For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 3840 7927. Contact Kids’ Own Publishing to arrange one of their workshops in your library.