Review: At Home with Handmade Books

Zamrzla, Erin. At Home with Handmade Books: 28 Extraordinary Bookbinding Projects Made from Ordinary and Repurposed Materials. Boston: Trumpeter, an imprint of Shambala, 2011. (Grades 9-Adult)

Zamrzla presents clever and unique ways to create unusual books and booklets from common household and office items ranging from change envelopes through ziplock bags. The directions are often complex but are extremely clear, and adults should have little trouble following the instructions correctly. Many of the projects would be appropriate for children but will require close adult supervision and guidance for safety’s sake. The construction techniques Zamrzla explains lend themselves to expansion and encourage creativity. All in all, this is a nice craft book for those who want to learn the basics of handsewn book construction.

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About kstreet245

I'm a teacher librarian with Norman Public Schools and adjunct instructor for children's literature at the University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies. I've been married to Ken since 1975, and we have two wonderful children, both married. We have no grandchildren, but instead are "owned" by three dachshunds. We are active members of Country Estates Baptist Church in Midwest City, OK, teaching Sunday School, playing handbells, keyboards, and percussion, and singing in the choir. I enjoy reading, crafts, travel, and nice, long naps when I can work them in!
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