The mini-books are quite simple with images that should appeal to young children and simple, repetitive words that children in Preschool thru Grade 1 should be able to read themselves.
paper (you can use a slightly heavier paper for a longer lasting book)
something to color with (if using B&W template)
If you imagine a 'real' book for a second, you know that each page has printing on the front and the back. We're going to fold the pages to make it like a real book.
Ignore the cover for now.
Fold each page along the center dotted line so the images are on the OUTSIDE and the blank sides of the paper are on the inside (imagine you're making a greeting card).
You can use a glue stick, if you like, to glue the pages together (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE COVER!)
Stack the pages, so the odd numbers are on top and the folded edges are lined up. Trim with scissors or paper cutter if needed.
Fold the cover page along the dotted line, again with the images on the outside.
OPTIONAL: You can laminate the cover page or print it on cardstock if you want it to be more like a real book's cover.
ASSEMBLE THE BOOK:
Open the cover page (like a folder) and slip the pages inside so that when you open the cover you'll see below – the unfolded edges of the pages will go against the folded part of the cover.
Close the cover page and tap the book so everything lines up.
Put three or four staples along the edge to hold the book together.
Trim again, if needed.
Flip through the book once, carefully folding the pages to make the book easier for the children to read.