Happy Children’s Book Week! We thought we’d share a few of our favorite modern picture books, but a FEW turned into a scroll-like, falling-off-the-table list that we JUST could NOT trim down. So instead of just writing them all out – we made a free PDF of little cards that you can easily print out and make into adorbs visual library wishlist books! The pictures help young readers identify which books they’d like to read, so you can flip through the cards together and pick out a group of wants. Just staple, clip, throw into an envelope, or bind (like we did) and you have a super cute little book of modern picture books to find and enjoy!
You can download our book cards, along with an extra 2 pages of book cover templates and blank pages below!
To make your own modern picture books mini book you’ll need:
- Our Free Printable Mini Library Book PDF (right-click and save to download)
- Cardstock or similar heavy paper
- A holepunch (optional – we used 1/8″ punch)
- Embroidery floss, yarn, or twine (optional)
- Staples or a clip (optional)
After printing out, cut along the cut guide lines to separate all the book cards. You can use a binder clip or staples to easily group sets of cards together, but we chose to bind ours with some colorful embroidery floss for some extra fun. We cut 2 or 3 holes using a 1/8″ hole punch (one size smaller than standard) along one side of all the cards we wanted to bind. Using a blunt, big-eye needle start by threading the embroidery floss through one of your holes. Hold the tail of your floss and sew through the spine, leaving about 3″ at the end for the final knot. Thread back-and-forth through the holes a few times for a solid binding, creating whatever pattern you chose. Tie a knot at the back and voila! You have a lovely little book!
No time to make a book? I feel you. Here are some other ways to use this:
- Simply print out the book sheets and grab them before you hit up the library – no need to even cut them apart!
- This is a killer list to keep on-hand for baby showers…just sayin’. Keep it to yourself or email it to fellow shoppers.
- Cut apart the cards, sort them into categories (i.e. nature, art, animals, travel) and save them in labeled envelopes. A rainy day lifesaver and perfect for when kids find a topic they are interested in, but aren’t sure where to start reading.
- Post them on a bulletin board and start a competition – first one to read all 99 wins…a book…?? 🙂
Have some favorites books you didn’t see on your list?? Write ’em in or fill in the blank cards and share pics! If you’re on instagram or facebook you can tag us (@barleyandbirch) or use the hashtag #barleyandbirch – we love to see our printables put to good creative use!
Also be sure to visit our list of over 100 art-themed picture books for kids, with helpful thematic sections to help you quickly find the perfect creative story!
With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help families discover their creative potential and be inspired to make the world a better place through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community.
When not playing with ideas, designs and projects for barley & birch, Amanda enjoys working as a modern art curator and managing her own small design business.