Accordion Books · Binding Loose Papers · Making Books with children

Tipping Pages onto an Accordion


Single Pages Tipped on to an Accordion, top view

Saratoga ABC Book , Post #1:  Model of the finished Book

My first in-school project of 2010 is to faciltiate the making of an alphabet book by 27 early elementary students.  The tricky part of this project is that we are including an interactive element (like a pocket with which contains a miniature book) on each page, and there are to be four copies of this book.  Each page then, needs to be designed by the student then copied four times before the interactive elements get added on to each individual page. 


  Tipping the single pages on to an accordion seems like the best way to go with this project.  I like the look of the big, wide, colorful pleats of the structure pictured here.  I like the  look of the spine and the way the book can be set up for display. ABC Book, closed 

The pages of the book are 8 1/2″ x 11″.  The spine is made up of five separate pieces of  8 1/2″ x  17″, hinged together using  4″ x 8 1/2″ strips.  The grain of all papers run parallel to the spine…which means I had to cut the paper to size from parent sheets.     

The students have begun this project by making decorative borders, based on alphabet letters.  It will take a few weeks for us to get from the beginning to the end of this project.  I will post periodic updates on the progress of this book.  So far, the students are doing great work, and are engaged and enthusiastic.  I showed this model, as well as a sample page, to them so that they would have an idea of how the finished project will look. 

Maybe I have included too many photos in this post?  I can’t choose between them: this structure is so photogenic.

5 thoughts on “Tipping Pages onto an Accordion

  1. Paula, your blog looks fabulous. The only thing better would be if they could see and touch your books, pamphlets, and papers in person and to hear your ideas, enthusiasm, and interaction with students. You are a pleasure to work with and know.


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