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Making Bookplates


By designing labels that identify books as their own, your children are acknowledging that books are among their most precious possessions. They might like to share that value by making bookplates for the books they give as well as the ones they receive.
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MATERIALS: Paper (stationery that has some rag content is nicest), scissors, ruler, fine-line markers, rubber cement.

To make a bookplate, your child first cuts down a piece of paper to about file-card size, or a little squarer. Next your child decides on some wording: "This book belongs to Sarah Elizabeth Franklin," "From the Bradford Family Library," "For Pearl Wong: Friends and books are forever," or some other appropriate line that identifies the owner of the book and perhaps expresses some sentiment. An older child might enjoy making up a book riddle, a popular convention on medieval bookplates. After printing the words carefully, your child illustrates the plate with a fanciful border, geometric design, a favorite book character, or even a tracing of an illustration from the book itself. Go to the trouble of purchasing rubber cement for gluing the plate to the inside front cover of the book; other glues and pastes don't apply as evenly and some crack over time. Rubber cement will also allow your child to reposition a plate, and to peel off smears.

Making Bookplates