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Subject: Where to find...
Date Posted: 5/5/2008 7:57 PM ET
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Does anyone know where I can find a "make-a-book" kit? My son wants to make a short book with photos of the story of how we adopted our cat from the ASPCA, and I want something better quality than just pictures pasted onto construction paper, so that it will actually have a chance of lasting for a while.

Subject: book
Date Posted: 5/5/2008 9:54 PM ET
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Have you thought about using double stick tape to place the pictures on white paper, let your son write the story around the pictures then take the pages to an office supply store and let them color copy them and bind them with the spiral binding.  He could even create a cover and title page.  Most office supply stores or UPS stores do this. I have a friend who has done that and made several copies for family. 

Subject: I did something similar
Date Posted: 5/6/2008 12:49 AM ET
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I homeschooled. I wrote a long poem about an elephant and my kids drew pictures to go with each verse. We then had it laminted and put in a spiral bound bppk at a print shop. It was a great project!

Date Posted: 5/6/2008 1:49 AM ET
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Depending on whether you think this might be the sort of project you'd repeat in the future, you can purchase the equipment to do the spiral or coil binding yourself at much lower cost than it used to be.   

A few of the companies currently offering reasonably priced binders:

 Zutter Bind-It-All   ---- app. $55-60     this one does wire spiral binding

Rubicoil --- a bit more pricey - app $159 - does very nice professional coil binding

I know that Carl makes a nice binding system too, and if I remember right, I think theirs was $99 (I almost bought one some time back), but I can't find online info about them at the moment.  (They also make rotary cutters & other stuff)

If you look in craft supply / art supply related places, you'll find some of the more reasonable "home-versions" of the machines, whereas the office supply stores generally carry the higher-priced machines designed for heavier use.

Just a thought, if you think you might want to do more books in the future!   Of course, if this might be your only book, then paying a printer to do the binding for you would probably be the best!


Date Posted: 5/6/2008 11:50 AM ET
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I should have said, my son wants ME to make a book - he's only 4 and doesn't write yet or even draw very well. He just wants to use photos.

What I'd really like to find is one of those blank LIttle Golden Book "make a book" kits. But AC Moore doesn't have them and I don't know where else to look.

Date Posted: 5/6/2008 2:07 PM ET
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I googled a handful of time, using different words/phrases, and couldn't come up with anything like a Little Golden Book kit .  Sorry!

Binding your own book (just like a regular book) is not difficult to do, if you wanted to do it from scratch yourself, rather than having a kit.   Here's one site that gives instructions:


It looks more difficult than it really is.   I've done this many times in the past & it's fun, and honest, it's not hard at all.

Sorry I can't help more, but I came up totally blank searching for a little golden book kit.