Saturday, April 2, 2022

How to Publish a Class Book

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How to Publish a Class Book | Apples to Applique
One of my favorite yearly traditions in my classroom is publishing a class book. I like to do this toward the end of the year when my students have gained a lot of writing skills; it is incredibly rewarding to watch them put all of their skills together into a final product. 

The kit from Studentreasures makes publishing easy, and the best part is, it's free for teachers! (No, this is not a sponsored post, although the above is an affiliate link. I have just had a great experience with them and wanted to share with other teachers!)

You will be sent a kit with instructions including all that you need, with the exception of the drawing materials. I grab a class set of permanent markers and colored markers (because we all know by spring the kids' supplies have seen better days) and we're ready to go!

How to Publish a Class Book | Apples to Applique

There are many different ways to approach this project, but I choose to have the kids write a nonfiction animal book. It aligns perfectly with our unit on animal adaptations. Each student picks a different animal to research and write about. So many great skills get addressed during this project! They practice researching, writing a rough draft, and editing before they write their final pages.

Each student gets their own two-page spread in the book, with one page of text and one page for their illustration. There's even a "Meet the Authors" page in the back where you can put their pictures.

When you send the kit back to Studentreasures, it only takes a few weeks for them to return the published books to you. (Shipping both ways is free!) The kids are always proud and amazed to see their work published in a book; our class book is now one of the most frequently read in our classroom library. Parents have the opportunity to order books, as well, and I think they love it even more than the kids.

I hope you decide to try publishing a book with your class; it is such a wonderful experience! Click here to get started!

Keep teaching with heart and passion!