All the parents are talking about it but why do you need to cover school books? That’s what I thought when my first child went to school. Some say it’s because the books last longer. This may be true; however, most exercise books will easily last the year uncovered. I think the main reason why parents cover their children’s school books is it allows the child to experience a personalised touch and books are easy for the child to identify.
When it comes to covering school books, there are a few ways to do it.
1. Contact: My contact experience hasn’t been a positive one. I tried SOOOO hard to get a smooth finish but NEVER could. I tried the pin in the bubble, the pull back and try again and the rub it out method but the contact would not bend to my will. Jolly thing.
2. Book cover: Clear and coloured plastic book covers are a great idea and can be purchased from stationery stores.
3. Paper: Wrapping paper or brown craft paper can be used to cover books. This is my preference because it’s easy, cheap and can be customised for each child. I use brown craft paper and the children use stickers and drawings to personalise their books. I then write the child’s name on the brown paper with permanent marker and place a clear book cover over the top. All done!
I’ve detailed below how to cover books with paper or contact.
1. Place open book down on the paper and cut to size allowing at least 5 cm around the edges.
2. Cut a triangle on each corner down to the corner point of the book.
3. Cut a 1 cm rectangle where the spine of the book will be.
4. It should look like this.
5. Fold in the sides of the paper and stick with tape on the inside of the book cover.
6. Decorate with stickers or coloured drawings.
7. Cover with a plastic book cover.
Note: Rolls of brown craft paper can be purchased from Officeworks, Kmart, Target, Woolworths, Coles and specialised stationery stores.