Making Books and Creating Stories

By Judith Maginnis Kuster

I remember a special "newspaper" delivered to our desks in elementary school every week. The Weekly Reader (also published some years as My Weekly Reader) featured current events, interesting stories, presidental polls, and fun activities. But my favorite feature was the occasional "make your own little book" on the back page. These were treasures that were saved long after the Weekly Reader had been thrown away. (Note: Weekly Reader has entered the computer age with a website worth exploring at http://www.weeklyreader.com/.)

Several online resources offer guidance on making books and creating stories. These activities can be easily adapted for treatment and interventon with clients working on vocabulary, sequencing, memory issues, grammar, writing, literacy, self-esteem -- the list of uses is limited only by the creativity and imagination of the clinician and the client!

Cut/Paste/Staple Books

One Cut Books

PowerPoint Books

Creating online Books and Activities


Judith Kuster is an emeritus professor from the Department of Speech, Hearing, and Rehabilitation Services at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Contact her at judith.kuster@mnsu.edu. An archive of all of Kuster's columns can be found on http://www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster4/leader.html URLs change, however, and there is no guarantee that links from previous articles are still functional.

Kuster, JM, Making Books and Creating Stories , The ASHA Leader, June 8, 2010.