Long before self-publishing became such a controversy in the lives of aspiring authors, self-published books existed in multitudes! Kinda…
I remember, that as a child, I wanted to join the ranks of P. D. Eastman of “Go Dog Go!”, to write and illustrate my own books. In addition to author/illustrators books, straight-forward titles like these captured my attention:
Unfortunately for me, I wasn’t the most celebrated student artist of my classrooms; the art instructions only led me a short distance in progress. Even as early as nursery school, though, DIY Books were a wonderful way to capture a chapter of life.
In first grade, I remember we were to dictate to a journal. For homework, my mother would write down the stories that I told her.
If you haven’t kept any of your elementary school work, or incorporated any of these ideas, no worries. Even a simple photo book like this can celebrate a life event. We put some of M’s baptism photos in this. She loves identifying different family members able to celebrate with her!
Hopefully, DIY self-published books of children are never a forgotten option for reading enjoyment. Technology easily speeds up our entertainment, but there is nothing like these old-fashioned ways of recording a child’s impressions of the world. May any of those memories of yesterday inspire us to support and encourage little readers and writers of today.