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Build a Book

This is a full day workshop (or can be delivered over several sessions/days if a bigger project) that works with the children to introduce the processes involved in making a book, before supporting them to build their own book from scratch. They will decide the design and layout and create or source the content (writing, images, maps, charts etc) to turn their ideas into a finished book. There is the option to have the book printed at cost to make a permanent memory and as well as an addition to the school library of course!

The workshop has been run at all primary levels, with the content and expectations varying accordingly. It is most suited to learners in KS2, but this should not be seen as a limit in any way.

The day is led by our resident children's author, photographer and designer, Rob Bowden who has produced/published well over 100 books. Rob will need the support of teachers and staff to help learners generate and check content. We can provide addiitonal team members to help with the day by request.

Build a Book starts at £465 for a one-day workshop supporting a straightforward book such as where the school is studying a particular topic or theme and wants to turn it into a book. If the project is more complex, involves a larger number of learners or requires several days then it will cost a little more to deliver. Each Build a Book project is unique and so we will work with you to provide a cost once we know more about your requirements. Please note that the costs of printing is an additional cost but is typically no more than £2-3 per book.

Build a Book has obvious connections to literacy, but through the chosen topic can connect to almost any area of the curriculum and is also linked to art and design and ICT. It is also a very strong project for buidling values and character, requiring determination, creativity, cooperation, tolerance, decision making, compromise and much more.

If you are interested in Build a Book then please contact Rob Bowden directly who will be very pleased to talk through the process in more detail and answer any questions relating to your specific idea for a book.

Lifeworlds Learning
because the world is bigger

Build-a-Book came about following discussion between a team of innovative educators, primary teachers and established children's authors.

It is led by Rob Bowden who has written and produced over 100 children's non-fiction library and information books.

Build-a-Book is resourced by Lifeworlds working in close collaboration with your school and staff. It can be adapted to a wide range of topics, formats and styles to suit your interests.

Central to the programme is the development of core learning skills including:

- reading and writing
- speaking and listening
- critical thinking
- character and resilience
- media interpretation
- ICT and design
- teamwork and pupil voice

Build-a-Book has been used to kick-start a topic or as a way of learners synthesising their learning at the end of a piece of work. It has also been used for freestanding challenge days or whole-school events around a theme (water, Africa, India etc).

Some schools have adapted it to create leavers books or as the focus for a community project on the local area. The only limit is imagination!

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