Minibook Gallery

Bookmaking for Little Hands

Whether you're new to lapbooking and are trying to get an idea of what minibooks are or whether you're an old hand at lapbooking and want some fresh ideas, welcome to the minibook gallery!

Browse the images for some creative inspiration. Follow the links for directions and templates.

Each photo featured on this page comes from a minibook that my daughter made as part of her homeschool experience over the past seven years.

If you're looking for printable templates for these minibooks, keep scrolling down. There's a link lower on the page for Homeschool Share, your best site for templates and printables.

1. Layered Book - Minibook Samples

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Tchaikivsky layered bookblank layered booksbrass instruments layered bookbig cats of the rainforest layered book
Tchaikivsky layered book
Tchaikivsky layered book
blank layered books
blank layered books
brass instruments layered book
brass instruments layered book
big cats of the rainforest layered book
big cats of the rainforest layered book

Layered Book

Minibook Directions

Click to view Layered Book Directions PDF. (Another option.)

Notes: A layered book is an easy but impressive minibook made with paper of various lengths, stacked and stapled together. Try different colors of paper to make a rainbow book! And remember that the layers can go up and down or side to side. A layered book is good for a list of related things.

2. Tabbed Book - Minibook Samples

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speed of light tabbed bookspeed of light tabbed booksolar system tabbed booksolar system tabbed booksolar system tabbed bookblank tabbed books
speed of light tabbed book
speed of light tabbed book
speed of light tabbed book
speed of light tabbed book
solar system tabbed book
solar system tabbed book
solar system tabbed book
solar system tabbed book
solar system tabbed book
solar system tabbed book
blank tabbed books
blank tabbed books

Tabbed Book

Minibook Directions

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Notes: A tabbed book is good for a list of similar things or a progression from small to large. It can have as few as three tabs or can have many more. The tabs can go across the top, sides, or bottom for even more versatility.

3. One Page Book - Minibook Samples

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one page book about cuneiforminside the one page book about cuneiforminside the one page book about cuneiform
one page book about cuneiform
one page book about cuneiform
inside the one page book about cuneiform
inside the one page book about cuneiform
inside the one page book about cuneiform
inside the one page book about cuneiform

One Page Book

Minibook Directions

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One Page Book Directions

Notes: With just one sheet of paper of most any size and a pair of scissors, you can make this one page book, the easiest and most versatile book there is! The larger your paper, the larger your finished book will be. Experiment with rectangles and squares of various sizes for unique books. Besides a cover and a back, this book has 6 interior pages. So it's good for three to six bits of information.

4. Accordion Book - Minibook Samples

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magnets accordion bookmagnets accordion bookancient Egypt accordion bookancient Egypt accordion bookaccordion timeline for ancient Chinaaccordion timeline for ancient Chinablank accordion books
magnets accordion book
magnets accordion book
magnets accordion book
magnets accordion book
ancient Egypt accordion book
ancient Egypt accordion book
ancient Egypt accordion book
ancient Egypt accordion book
accordion timeline for ancient China
accordion timeline for ancient China
accordion timeline for ancient China
accordion timeline for ancient China
blank accordion books
blank accordion books

Accordion Book

Minibook Directions

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Notes: This book can be as short or as long as you'd like. It is especially good for timelines, steps in a process, a series of events, or any sequence at all. The accordion book can unfold up, down, to the left or to the right. You can decide! Index cards, taped together, make good accordion books.

5. Flip Flap Book - Minibook Samples

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dolphins versus porpoises flip flap bookConfucius flip flap bookwater words flip flap bookrocket flip flap booktranslucent and opaque flip flap booktranslucent and opaque flip flap book
dolphins versus porpoises flip flap book
dolphins versus porpoises flip flap book
Confucius flip flap book
Confucius flip flap book
water words flip flap book
water words flip flap book
rocket flip flap book
rocket flip flap book
translucent and opaque flip flap book
translucent and opaque flip flap book
translucent and opaque flip flap book
translucent and opaque flip flap book

Flip Flap Book

Minibook Directions

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Notes: The flip flap book (also called a shutterfold depending on the flaps) is a mini-book standby. We use it constantly! Vary your paper size and number of "doors" to fit your topic. Flaps can open on one side or both, on top or bottom or even in all four directions! These kinds of minibooks are great for vocabulary or most any topic at all.

6. Matchbooks - Minibook Sample

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dolphin behaviors matchbooksdolphin behaviors matchbookshorse vocabulary matchbooksblank matchbooks
dolphin behaviors matchbooks
dolphin behaviors matchbooks
dolphin behaviors matchbooks
dolphin behaviors matchbooks
horse vocabulary matchbooks
horse vocabulary matchbooks
blank matchbooks
blank matchbooks

Matchbooks

Minibook Directions

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Notes: Matchbooks are generally small minibooks, but experiment with larger ones for some variety! Try a column or row of minibooks for vocabulary or for related concepts.

7. Four Corner Book - Minibook Sample

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compass directions four corner minibookshadows four corner minibookshadows four corner minibookfour corner minibook variations
compass directions four corner minibook
compass directions four corner minibook
shadows four corner minibook
shadows four corner minibook
shadows four corner minibook
shadows four corner minibook
four corner minibook variations
four corner minibook variations

Four Corner Book

Minibook Directions

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Notes: Another impressive but easy book. All it takes is a square piece of paper with corners folded into the center. Voila! You naturally get four sections, so material with four parts is best suited for this minibook.

Uses of Minibooks

Minibooks are used to record small bits of information in an attractive and creative format. Usually people associate them with lapbooks, but they can also stand alone for

-book reports

-creative writing assignments

-a summary of a lesson (narration)

-imaginative play

8. Pop Up Book - Minibook Samples

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Pop Up Book

Minibook Directions

Click here for Pop-up Book Directions. (Be sure to go click NEXT to go through these four pages of directions for this fabulously simple but impressive mini-book.)

Notes: You can cut out paper shapes of whatever you're studying and attach them inside the pop-up. Add a cover made of another sheet of paper to the outside to finish it off.



9. Flag Book - Minibook Samples

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Flag Book

Minibook Directions

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Notes: This mini-book is a bit tricky, but the "WOW!" effect of the finished product is worth the trouble. For best effect, you want at least six flags -- three on top and four on bottom. It would also work for eight flags, but more than that may get unwieldy. You'll want an even number of concepts for this type of book -- six or eight.

10. Fan Book - Minibook Samples

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fan book in shape of umbrellarain lapbookmusic fan booksmusic fan books
fan book in shape of umbrella
fan book in shape of umbrella
rain lapbook
rain lapbook
music fan books
music fan books
music fan books
music fan books

Fan Book

Minibook Directions

Click here for Fanbook Directions. (PDF)

Notes: For a fan book, make as many pages as you need and use a paper fastener to connect them at the bottom. This book then opens like a fan. Your pages can be most any shape at all as long as they can be connected at one corner or end. Store it in a pocket in your lapbook or affix the back page to the lapbook base.

11. Circle Book - Minibook Samples

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circle book closed
circle book closed
circle book open
circle book open
circle book closed
circle book closed
circle book open
circle book open

Circle Book

Minibook Directions

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Notes: Easy, easy! A circle book gives you six divisions once you take away the back and cover pages. If you've got six or fewer bits of information, this book will work for you.

12. Three Square Unfolding Book - Minibook Samples

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silk road exploding book, closed
silk road exploding book, closed
silk road exploding book, open
silk road exploding book, open

There Square Unfolding Book

Minibook Directions

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Notes: It starts really small and opens really big. It uses an origami fold called the square base -- a bit tricky, but worth the effort.

13. Three Quarters Book - Minibook Samples

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Great Wall three quarters book, coverGreat Wall three quarters book, insideGreat Wall three quarters book, insideblank three quarters books
Great Wall three quarters book, cover
Great Wall three quarters book, cover
Great Wall three quarters book, inside
Great Wall three quarters book, inside
Great Wall three quarters book, inside
Great Wall three quarters book, inside
blank three quarters books
blank three quarters books

Three Quarters Minibook

Minibook Directions

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Notes: Variations of this include cutting away one sixth or one eighth of a piece of paper. Experiment with different combinations to find a book size and shape that suits you!



14. Wheel Book - Minibook Samples

volcano wheel book
volcano wheel book

Wheel Book

Minibook Directions

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Notes: Wheel books are great for short lists or for a short process. The little ones especially love the action of turning the wheel. You'll need a paper fastener for this one.

15. Trifold Book - Minibook Samples

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volcano trifoldvolcano trifoldvolcano trifoldocean trifoldocean trifoldMesopotamia trifoldMesopotamia trifold
volcano trifold
volcano trifold
volcano trifold
volcano trifold
volcano trifold
volcano trifold
ocean trifold
ocean trifold
ocean trifold
ocean trifold
Mesopotamia trifold
Mesopotamia trifold
Mesopotamia trifold
Mesopotamia trifold

Trifold Book

Minibook Directions

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Notes: The trifold is one of my favorite minibooks because it is so very versatile! It can be short, tall, fat or skinny. You can even cut shapes into the trifold for a shaped trifold!

Book Making Reference

Making Books That Fly, Fold, Wrap, Hide, Pop Up, Twist & Turn: Books for Kids to Make
Making Books That Fly, Fold, Wrap, Hide, Pop Up, Twist & Turn: Books for Kids to Make

This is a neat book! It has lots of great ideas with clear directions for making minibooks. It's more on the crafty side than the educational side in its presentation. But that's okay! It's got classic standby minibooks as well as some more adventurous and complicated ones.

 

Keep it Fresh!

There are an abundance of minibook styles. But there are other ways you can multiply your options!

use colored papers -- even various colors within one book

use different sizes -- think of tiny ones or large ones; or make it really skinny or really wide; round the edges.

rotate the book -- the book can open on the top, side, or bottom.

Bookmaking Bonanza

Creative Teaching Press Bookmaking Bonanza
Creative Teaching Press Bookmaking Bonanza

Lots of clever bookmaking ideas here, especially for the lower elementary grades. If you prefer an instant download, this book is also available at CurrClick in eBook format.

 

Evan Moor & Donald Silver

Two great resources for reproducible minibooks are the Pockets series published by EvanMoor and most of Donald Silver's books. They are a great value for the money! Copy the pages you want to use, and you've got instant minibooks.

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Guestbook 66 comments

anonymous 7 years ago

Very vice thanks for sharing!


rockycha 7 years ago

Outstanding information, presentation and depth! Angel Blessings to you :)


anonymous 7 years ago

Information overload! I loved it!!


anonymous 7 years ago

WOW I love this activity. How engaging and enriching for every student. I am going to try this and then allow my students to put lapbook in library for others to see! thanks for all the templates it will make life a lot easier


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groovyoldlady 7 years ago

I put this lens in my faves because it encomapsses all the others. Totally terrific!


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evelynsaenz1 7 years ago from Royalton

Your lenses are always so inspiring. I am going to show this lens to my daughter who needs to turn in a creative biography next week. I am sure that these minibooks will be right up her alley.

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kerbev 7 years ago from Upstate, NY

This is a great collection of learning tools. Thanks for the resource.


gods_grace_notes 7 years ago

Jimmie, I love your ideas for lapbooking, and your daughter has obviously inherited your artistic nature! I really like the matchbook idea, and the coloring page of Tchaicovsky is just too cute.

Great job from mom AND daughter!

Connie

: )


anonymous 7 years ago

You are awesome, and thanks for sharing your ideas on here. That's what makes us other homeschoolers keep at it, the ideas of others!! Thanks again and keep up your great work!


LadyP8 7 years ago

I love the various styles of minibooks. I plan to add you to my faves....if I can figure that out. LOL!


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opalfire 7 years ago

I will be able to use this with my children. My eldest son love to make mini-books and this will help him to hone his skills :)

thank you :)


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Aquavel 7 years ago

Great lens filled with so many variations! Just wonderful! You're an excellent teacher & mom plus you have a very TALENTED daughter. (And you're great at documenting the process too, which helps the rest of us.) 5*s!


anonymous 7 years ago

hi i really love makind nini books for my project.i am an 11 year old and i love learning


anonymous 7 years ago

Thank you so much for your inspiration. It has been great to get us started and we have even gotten inspiration enough to try our own things. Thank you.


anonymous 7 years ago

Thank you so much for making this website. It is very useful and it helped me a lot.

I love the various styles.

PS: Where did you find all of that?


anonymous 7 years ago

I am enjoying looking at your lenses on lapbooking!


anonymous 7 years ago

I've got to tell you, I've been attempting and then quite frankly, giving up on lapbooks for almost a year now. Came across a post in CafeMom wich directed me here and WOW!! I'm going to try this again!

This was the most informative site that I've seen on lapbooks, I feel so much more confident now. Thanks so much for having this site! Your documentation on how to do it all is inspirational!!

I'm really impressed and cannot thank you enough!


anonymous 6 years ago

I am a first time home school mom. I am so glad that I stumbled upon your web site. I anticipate referring to your web site often. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.


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ZenandChic 6 years ago

Sounds like fun


anonymous 6 years ago

I absolutely love this site. I reference it every time I want to make minibooks, and I plan to share it with others. I hope you don't mind!


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JulieS LM 6 years ago

I really appreciate this beautiful lense on making mini books. We have homeschooled for over 20 years and I still save the many books that my children made in homeschool. I wish I had had some of these great ideas when my children were younger. This is so inspiring! Well, maybe for the grandchildren..... Visit me at Used Homeschool Curriculum


anonymous 6 years ago

This is incredible. I've never seen so many fabulous ideas in one page. I've never thought about putting different bookstyles together. Love this site!!!


anonymous 6 years ago

Wow! Thanks! We do tons of lapbooks, and very seldom find anyone who does them to the extent we do. Thanks for a wealth of new ideas and inspiration!!! I will share with my other hardcore home school friends.


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RobininColorado 6 years ago

I have used this lens for about 3 months now. I didn't even know what a lens was when I found it! I featured it on "Stone Soup Homeschool Network" and I have become an avid notebooker since then. You inspired me to break out of curriculum and try something new. After 14 years homeschooling, that's a big change! Thanks Jimmie!


anonymous 6 years ago

Thank you to all the contributors who share all this wonderful information & ideas. My daughter is just in Kindergarten right now, but I am planning to implement lapbooks next year and am very excited to teach her in this way!


lilgirllapbooker 5 years ago

Hi! This Lens is WONDERFUL!!!! I love Lapbooks, and this is a treasure chest!

Thankyou so much!

Email me at da21@live.co.uk!


anonymous 5 years ago

A lens full of creative ideas on minibooks. There are so many ways to use them intuitively.


anonymous 5 years ago

Thanks for a terrific resource! We tried our first lapbook a few weeks ago, and loved it. Now my daughter wants all her "schooling" this year to consist of a series of lapbooks. All of your mini book ideas will be happily used throughout the year -- thanks again!


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WildFacesGallery 5 years ago from Iowa

What an incredibly creative way to learn. I so wished I could have done something like this as a kid, and no kids of my own to try it out on. But I love books and journaling and art so this kinda combines all my favorite things in one.


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LouisaDembul 5 years ago

What a wonderful lens! Good pictures and ideas. Thank you!


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mariaamoroso 5 years ago from Sweden

I will show this to my granddaughter. She is exactly this kind of child!


anonymous 5 years ago

Very helpful - I will probably use lots of these! But it doesn't have the "cut-out middle" minibook style I was looking for... oh, well - tons of inspiration anyway!


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JulieS LM 5 years ago

I love this lens! I have an artistic side that really appreciates hand made endeavors like this. We used Dinah Zike's book for some of our unit study projects. Our family has homeschooled for 23 years. I invite anyone that homeschools to visit my site for called Best Homeschool Buys.


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Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

Nice idea.


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Philippians468 5 years ago

love the four corner book! such a simple concept and yet it is beautiful if done and decorated with love! cheers


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ecogranny 5 years ago from San Francisco

What a great idea! I am dropping everything right now to make a number wheel book for my three year old grandchild, who already gets the concept of simple addition.


anonymous 4 years ago

Fantastic! thank you for share!


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Actiongames LM 4 years ago

Cool beans, I remember the mini book


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ananimoss2 4 years ago

Great lens! I remember that I used to have so much fun making minibooks with my kids. (They still do sometimes)


anonymous 4 years ago

Thank you very much for sharing your ideas. Teacher Julio, from Brazil.


poutine 4 years ago

Thanks for giving us all those good useful tips.


wiedruce 4 years ago

Thank you for sharing the ideas...It's fun and a very useful tips especially for children to memorize things easily.


anjimabon 4 years ago

I think this is going to be very helpful as I begin lapbooking!


anonymous 4 years ago

Thank you very much - this inspired me much :)


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psiloveyou1 4 years ago

Very cool books....I can use some of these ideas for my papercrafting projects and handmade cards. Thanks!


jimmyworldstar 4 years ago

Minibooks are great for really short stories or writing down factoids.


anonymous 4 years ago

These are some very good examples. I teach special education to students who struggle with varying levels of literacy. I am going to use this in conjunction with Dr. Suess and rhyming words. Thanks.


anonymous 4 years ago

wow this site is awesome!! I already have so many ideas running through my head for my upcoming 1st grade plant unit!!!


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lclchors 4 years ago

I happened upon lapbooks by a quirk but it definitely will be a activity when I have the granddaughter for the weekends


anonymous 4 years ago

Great ideas!!! I now have more ideas for mini projects with students. I have used them beyond reading and writing.... so thank you for this great site.


legalmoviedownloads1 4 years ago

Awesome idea! Minibooks look great. Thanks for sharing this idea.


dream1983 4 years ago

Fantastic lens, great job! Squidlike


anonymous 4 years ago

Thanks so much for sharing! I just had so much fun making these books and thinking of how I can incoroporate them into my curriculum. I like the idea of making lapbooks as an alternative to a whole science notebook because I just don't think I have enough curriculum to fill one. A lapbook can be made for each individual unit!


anonymous 4 years ago

Love these. They will definitely be used in my classroom.


funbee lm 4 years ago

I remember making these when I was younger, really fun.


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favored 4 years ago from USA

These are wonderful and so creative. Great ideas for the classroom.


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HomeDecorKnight 4 years ago

Really creative idea for bookmaking, wonderful lens.


anonymous 3 years ago

What a rich resource! I'm going to link to this on my homeschool blog!


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John Dyhouse 3 years ago from UK

I love the ideas here for making art books, maybe not your intention but it has given me so many ideas. Thanks you and blessed


anonymous 3 years ago

Great useful tips. Thanks for a great lens :)


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KathyMcGraw2 3 years ago from California

I love the creativity in these minibooks. I was just thinking that they could also be used as Christmas cards or really for just about anything.


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MVSquid 3 years ago

The mini books are great. I remember creating my own mini books as a child, but they were definitely not as well organized.


laurenrich 3 years ago

I enjoyed reading about these different minibooks. Designing and making these little books are interesting. Thanks for sharing.


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LewisAndKatie 3 years ago

I love this idea! This could be a fantastic project/homework task and im sure children will love this. I will be trying this out next time I am teaching!


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ChenB 3 years ago

What an excellent resource for lap booking. I think it's one of the best educational tool ideas to come around in a long time myself, and learning how to make so many different mini books like this just makes it a more interesting and varied experience to keep kids engaged. Great job, excellent lens.


jan-dm-5 2 years ago

Absolutely adore this page and am brainstorming ways to use it in my small group work as a school counselor. Thanks! Can't wait to try some.

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