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'Making Books - Creating Homemade Books for Children of all ages' - afternoon session of Creativity day

Friday, June 16, 2023 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Applicable to: 
Early Years Practitioners
Event Type: 
per person per half-day session or £125 for both sessions (including lunch). The discount for the 2 sessions will be reflected in your invoice.
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AFTERNOON SESSION 1.30 - 4.30pm (registration from 1.00pm). £65 per half-day session, or £125 for whole day including sandwich lunch (when booking for both sessions, the discount for the 2 sessions will be reflected in your invoice)


Making books with children is a wonderful way to boost communication and literacy skills. With the potential to support every area of the EYFS curriculum, it can also offer many possibilities to document and celebrate children’s learning.

Included in the session:

  • Participants will be able to choose from a variety of free, found and recycled materials and create a series of books. You may wish to bring your own pair of scissors and any photographs you’d like to use
  • Anni will demonstrate how to make a range of books, from single-fold books, to peek-a-boo books, to zig-zag books, to twig books, and an exciting ‘house’ book. All the books you make will be yours to keep
  • Links will be made to the EYFS 2021, and Anni will share some inspiring projects and examples of homemade books
  • There will also be the opportunity to hear about ‘social stories’, and how these can be created easily to support individual children

The session will include a mix of trainer input, creative activities and a visual presentation. Notes and a further ideas list will be provided. 

One practitioner’s comment after a recent session: “Thank you for a fun, creative and inspiring session this morning - can't wait to make more books with the children!”.



Trainer(s): Anni McTavish

Anni is a freelance workshop leader and presenter, with over thirty years in the field of early education. She has been a practitioner, deputy and manager, and has worked across the UK and Europe. Trained originally as a fine bookbinder, she also ran her own business as a designer hatmaker. With a background in education, the arts and humanistic psychotherapy, her approach is to inform and encourage participants to recognise strengths and areas to develop. An Associate of Early Education, she works on a range of projects, writes books and articles, and is keen to engage with practitioners and families to support children’s emotional health, resilience and wellbeing. Anni has just contributed a chapter to Putting the Early Years Curriculum into Practice, 2023 Ed. by Julian Grenier and Caroline Vollans.