Studentreasures will print student books for free, asking only that parents be given the opportunity to buy a copy as a keepsake.
“Kids just don’t read these days”.
It’s the plight of teachers and publishers of the printed word, that today’s youth don’t read books and magazines like previous generations did. But there might be a way to encourage elementary school children to open a bound edition more frequently.
What if the book they are offered to read was written and illustrated by classmates?
Studentreasures, a company in Topeka, Kans., makes that a possibility, at no cost to schools or other educational systems.
Studentreasures offers a free publishing kit, acquired online, for classrooms, libraries, summer camps, any organization of children looking to encourage creativity and reading. The class or group completes the kit with words and illustrations, and then those items are sent off to Topeka in a prepaid package.
Studentreasures formats, prints and binds the books, then sends them back, all at no cost.
So how does Studentreasures make money?
When the books are sent back, they are sent with a form offered to parents who might want to buy a copy of the book themselves, as a keepsake. Schools might be interested in extra copies for their libraries, and camps might purchase copies for distribution as part of advertising campaigns.
There are requirements related to the number of students participating.
Studentreasures publishes more than one million books annually. It also annually hosts The National Book Challenge, in which several different awards are given for the best efforts in different categories, while the Book of the Year is awarded $1,000.
Laura Candler, an elementary school teacher in Fayetteville, N.C. was so taken by the books produced by her students through studentreasures that she created a web page on her personal website to show off the books.
“My fifth graders did (a book) a few years ago called Candler’s Field Guide to Wacky Animals,’’ she writes. “It was an exciting project, and it didn’t cost me a penny. My students felt such pride when they saw their work in print. What I loved about the project is that students could showcase their own work and end up with a keepsake that their families will treasure forever.”
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.