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Tone's Book Zone
By Sue Tone
A blog for readers and book lovers. Postings will include information on book festivals, library activities, local authors, classroom visits, book groups, writing and publishing tips, reviews, bookmakers and bookmaking, and how volunteers can help children and adults acquire a love of reading.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Six Cups of Tea = a Book!

 by Sue Tone

Prototype handmade books.

The pile of "trash" covers the kitchen table except for a 1 ft.-by-2 ft. working space and a round coaster for my cup of hot tea. I will save the tea bag - the envelope part, not the bag itself -for a Tea Bag Book. I sometimes so save and dry the bag part, and recycle the used tea leaves in the garden, and iron the thin brown paper to use as pages or in collages.

Five more cups of tea to go and I will have enough bags for the accordion-style "envelope book."

The second project, Bookmarks Book, was almost derailed when I discovered my child-sized Singer sewing machine was too small to feed a manila folder through it. I clamped the machine to the edge of the table and started sewing the manila folder - folded three times side to side. But the edge of the folder was too wide to fit through without bending and crumpling. Plus, it was hard to maneuver the folder with one hand and crank the machine with the other.

I found a sturdy sharp needle works just as well and adds a sort of shabby chic look. Very shabby, considering my stitching skills.

These two books will join the Cereal Box (individual serving size) Book in an upcoming July workshop with the SeQuence Book Artists group.

For a quick summer read, try The Reading Promise by Alice Ozma, my book group read for June. A father and his fourth-grade daughter promise to read together every day for 100 consecutive nights, but the time frame extended much longer - to the day the daughter left for college.

The joy of reading to oneself is surpassed only by reading with others - children being at the forefront of "others."

Did your parents read to you? Do you read to your children or grandchildren? Do you still enjoy hearing books read out loud? Share your favorite read-aloud books below.

Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, July 8, 2012
Article comment by: Trish Cox

I don't recall my parents reading to me but for many years the book of choice to read to my son every night at bedtime was Winnie the Pooh.

Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2012
Article comment by: Dr. Seuss of course!

Dr. Seuss books have to be the most magical read aloud books ever!

Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Article comment by: Sid Freeman

I love being read to. This does not make my husband happy, but once in a while he will give in to my request. My parents didn't read to me much, but when they did it was always special. I think it's comfort food for the brain.

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