Each year, after winter break, I have my kids write their own stories. We go through the entire publication process. We start with brainstorming, write our first draft, edit, revise, and even have critiques from students in upper grades. Then, we illustrate all of the pages and send them off to Studentreasures Publishing to be made into hard cover picture books.
The students also get to draw their main characters to send into Budsies. The Budsies company changes each picture into a plush character! From there, we create book commercials using iMovie trailers. Lastly, the students illustrate a white dress for me to wear to our publication celebration.
We invite the parents to come in and see all of the books and characters and then relax and enjoy watching the book trailers each student created. We end with some cookies and punch and wonderful memories.
To read more about this experience, click this link: https://www.budsies.com/blog/stories/books-come-to-life-thanks-to-their-inspiring-teacher/