Monday, 6 July 2015

In defence of minibooks

I have been talking to a lot of teachers about minibooks recently.  All those who see them are inspired and can think of lots of ways that they can use them in their own classroom to promote reading, writing, dictionary skills and even speaking.

Some teachers have asked me if I have any advice for how they can justify doing minibooks to any line managers, SLT, people observing their lessons etc..  Some say that they have been criticised for having the making of the minibooks cut into the learning time, others that children would be better off spending the time doing "proper work".

So why are minibooks A Good Thing?

  • They enable children to be creative, artistically and linguistically.
  • They are small and non-threatening, unlike a piece of file paper or the blank page of an exercise book.
  • They motivate children to read and write.
  • They make brilliant displays.
  • Children can easily take them home to share with the wider school community.
  • They are easy to post to a partner school in the UK or overseas.
  • They contribute to the enjoyment of language learning.
  • Minibooks often promote intercultural understanding (such as the Aztec Codex).
  • They can be used to provide tailor-made reading material for classes.
  • They make a nice change for Year 6!
  • They enable part of the KS2 Art and Design curriculum to be met.
  • They oblige children to listen to and follow instructions.
  • They promote a culture of co-operation and helping in the classroom.
  • Making minibooks promotes manual dexterity and fine motor skills.
  • Children feel proud of something they have made, written and illustrated themselves.
  • Once children have learned how to make a certain kind of minibook they often go on to make them in their own time and write about things they are learning in different areas of the curriculum.
  • It's nice for children to have a break from tech sometimes.
Please leave a comment if you can think of any other reasons!


  1. Spatial thinking! Watching my students try to fold one based on verbal, written, or visual directions is a great skill.

  2. Minibooks are just great! I discover your templates recently and my pupils absolutely love them.
    My lower achievers have been much motivated since we started making them and they have gained a great deal of self-steam.
    I have bought your book of French minibooks and they cover all topics!
    Thank you very much for all your fantastic resources!

    Noelia RG