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Children's Nonfiction Crafts & Hobbies

Making Memory Books

by (author) Amanda Lewis

illustrated by Esperança Melo

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Jun 1999
Crafts & Hobbies
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 1999
    List Price

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Making memory books is one of today's most popular pastimes -- and a great way to store treasured keepsakes such as photos, invitations, letters, ticket stubs and drawings. When children add their thoughts and recollections, they will have a book that tells the story of their lives. This book in the Kids Can Do It series contains step-by-step instructions and detailed drawings to make it easy for kids to create beautiful books to preserve their memories or to give as special gifts. Activities include * designing pages * decorating borders * using stencils and stamps * creating collages * cropping photos * making your own books

About the authors

Heather Collins has illustrated more than 50 children's books, including the My First Look at Nature series and Gold Rush Fever. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Esperança Melo is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Animation Program and has completed an honors degree in graphic design from George Brown College. She has illustrated and designed several children’s books and loves working in various art forms and media, including sculpting in papiermâché. Esperança co-illustrated Drumheller Dinosaur Dance (Kids Can), which was awarded the 2005 Blue Spruce Award and the 2006 Chocolate Lily Award. Esperança was born in the Azores and now lives in Millbrook, Ontario.

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Editorial Reviews

Amanda Lewis’s Making Memory Books book is wonderful way to get kids to start saving their own memories to be treasured and cherished down their future road of life. When children add their recollections, special show ticket stubs, invitations to fetes, and other sentimental memories to their own memory book they will realize they are capturing the stories filling up their lives. This book is probably for the older child.

Daily Miner News

This new title should provide hours of ideas that can be used in many different formats.

School Library Journal

Making Memory Bookss suggests an involved and satisfying project. Lewis gives directions for making four kinds of books, and supplies lots of design ideas and tips for borders, decorations and layout. This isn’t just a craft book, but an invitation to think about how a page looks, how colors work together and how a book is organized.

The Toronto Star

Making Memory Booksdescribes the process of organizing collectibles and keepsakes — in an attractive scrapbook format. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow. They are illustrated step-by-step with large, color diagrams. The imaginative use of found materials will stimulate the child’s creativity. The end products are attractive and useful.

Canadian Book Review Annual

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