Simple Things To Do With Children’s Book Covers

I am betting that you are like me and have loads of children’s books. Some of these books are beautifully made and come with too good to throw away covers. Of course these book covers are meant to protect and stay on the book but alas that certainly isn’t the case in our home. So I decided we best put these gorgeous book covers to good use. Here is my short list:

  1. Magnetic Puzzles – Inspired by No Time for Flashcards, this activity is a favorite of mine.
  2. Frame – Inspired by a pin on Pinterest, I took to framing some of our favorite covers. The fun part about this approach is that we can rotate covers and artwork created by our family. We display four 10 x 10 frames hung in a square our activity area.
  3. Cut up letters in the title and use the book to match the letter and make the words included in the title
  4. Gift wrap – Beautiful & Unique
  5. First words box – There are typically adorable illustrations perfect for first words and sound learning.

Thank you for visiting! I hope I could inspire you today!

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Marnie began Carrots Are Orange in 2010 after the birth of her first son. Carrots Are Orange is a Montessori inspired learning and living blog for parents and educators. She hails from Maine, a wonderfully down to earth place to grow up. Marnie moved to the west coast in 1999, currently living east of Seattle with her husband and three young boys. She is pursuing Montessori certification. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, PBS Kids, BabyCenter, the Melissa & Doug blog, and


  1. says

    Oh, my! There are too many good ideas in here for one post! I am just thinking of all of the language opportunities here and how much powerful repetition you are creating by reading a book and then living those images by either putting together a puzzle or seeing them hanging in your room. I cannot WAIT to share this! Thank you, thank you!
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    • says

      Thanks Kim…the covers are just too adorable to go to waste! :-) Plus I usually like the look of the book better WITHOUT the cover! Go figure!

  2. says

    We have some lovely children’s books that I won’t want to part with when my kids have outgrown them. These ideas are much better than the alternative – storing them in a box in the attic collecting dust. Thanks for sharing.
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  3. says

    I saw this post on Little Stories FB page and was blown away, I had never thought to do any of these things with covers before and am kicking myself for all the gorgeous ones I’ve thrown away. Wonderful post
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  4. says

    Oh my goodness! Love it! What a brilliant idea!! We love our felt board story sets. I’m all over this idea. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Teresa says

    Well, It may be slightly less organized and neat, but I’ve assembled about 80 beautiful dust jackets from children’s books, about half from my kids’ books, half from the school library’s generosity (and a wonderful librarian who can’t stand to throw them out) and I’m just solidly covering an entire wall with them. It’s inspiring, colorful and bright. I absolutely love the visual stimulation of it.

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