Make a Book to Celebrate International Literacy Day

kids' book

Every year on September 8th we celebrate International Literacy Day. Obviously, you want to read a book (or a few) to your child on this special day. But, what else can you do? Try a book-making arts and crafts activity!


  • Cardboard or card stock paper
  • Scissors
  • A hole punch
  • Construction paper
  • Pipe cleaners or yarn
  • Markers


  1. Cut the cardboard or cardstock into an 8×10-inch or larger size.
  2. Size and cut the construction paper so that it’s slightly smaller than the cardboard or card stock.
  3. Put the paper on top of the cardboard/card stock. Use as many pieces of paper as your child wants. Each piece makes two pages in the book.
  4. Fold the paper and board in half.
  5. Punch holes on the side, about one-inch in from the fold. Space the holes at least one-inch away from each other.
  6. Thread the pipe cleaners or pieces of yarn through the holes and tie them to bind the book. If you use pipe cleaners, your child can easily undo them and add to the book.
  7. Decorate the cover, add pictures and write words with the markers.

Your child can also try out another artsy option for the cover – glue fabric or felt onto the board, make a tissue paper collage or use tempera paints.