Read: 99 of Our Favorite Modern Picture Books + A Free Minibook Printable!

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!

99 of our favorite modern picture book recommendations plus a free printable to make your own minibook - the perfect  activity to get kids excited for a trip to the library! | via barley and birch
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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!

99 of our favorite modern picture book recommendations plus a free printable to make your own minibook - the perfect activity to get kids excited for a trip to the library! | via barley and birch
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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:

BASIC SUPPLIES:

BOOK BINDING SUPPLIES:

  • A hole punch (we used a 1/8-inch punch)
  • Embroidery floss, yarn, or twine
  • Staples or a metal ring and clip

DIY Modern Picture Book Library List Minibook Instructions:

  1. Download and print our free library list PDF pages

    After downloading and printing the free printable list, cut along the cut guidelines to separate all the book cards.

    99 of our favorite modern picture book recommendations plus a free printable to make your own minibook - the perfect activity to get kids excited for a trip to the library! via barley and birch
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  2. Cut apart

    Using scissors or a paper cutter, cut apart the mini pages along the guide lines.

  3. Bind

    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!

Just like that you and your kiddos have a lovely little book you can pack away to referernce during library visits.

Other ways to use our picture book library list printable:

No time to make a book? I feel you. Here are a few ways to use our picture book printable that don’t require binding

  • 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!

99 of our favorite modern picture book recommendations plus a free printable to make your own minibook - the perfect activity to get kids excited for a trip to the library! | via barley and birch
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