Making an "All About Me" book is a wonderful early literacy experience. This example, shared by Ivan and his mother Amber, shows some of the basic elements, such as photos of the child, family members, and friends, textures, with print and braille text throughout.
- thick or heavy paper
- photos of the child, child's family and friends
- textured fabric
- small objects
- braillewriter or slate and stylus
- spiral binding, notebook, metal rings or some way to hold the book together
The book can be laminated, which will make it more durable. Lamination also causes glare, however, and also changes the feel of the pages.
Encourage the child to be as active as possible in the creation of the book. If he is able, have him answer the questions himself. If needed, contact the family to get the information needed to create the book. All pages should have print, braille and textures or objects to make them accessible to the child.
Include the pages about the following:
- What is your name?
- How do you spell your name? (or what letter does your name start with?)
- What is your object symbol or personal identifier? (This should be something the child likes and responds to.)
- How old are you?
- Where do you live?
- Who do you live with?
- Who are your friends?
- What do you like to do?
- Do you have any pets?
Send the book home when it is finished, so that the child can share it with family and friends. If possible, keep a copy in the classroom as well, so that the child can read it and share with classmates, visitors, and new staff.
This project can be done individually, in small groups, or with the whole class.