Touch it. Baggie books are perfect for storing and writing about items collected on field trips. Provide a number of sealable plastic bags and construction paper squares that will fit in them. Give children the bags to hold the leaves, rocks, and other things they find. On the trip or back in the classroom, ask them to describe the items so you can write down what they say on the paper squares. Put the paper in the bags along with the items, and then staple the bags together. As children read about their trip, they can take out the items.

Family effort. Gerry Rose Weller of Covington, Kentucky, turns making group books into a family literacy event. Children take home a page of the book - which is based on This Is the Way by Anne Dalton (Scholastic Inc.) - and complete it with their parents, pasting in pictures from magazines and completing the line "This is the way we ..." Once the pages are compiled, the class has a book to share with parents and one another.

Carousel ride Nancy Leavitt makes this fast-paced carousel book with children at the University of Maine's Summer Literacy Camp. Fold six sheets of paper in half, place them in a circle standing up with the spines touching, and glue the backs of the pages together. Then place an elastic string in each of the openings, and tie the strings together at the bottom and at the top of the book. Leave extra string at the top to twist, tie together, and twirl.

Flip out. Add extra action with flip books. Simply glue the top of a paper square to the page. Children can write or dictate a riddle on the square and then write or draw the answer underneath. The pages can be stapled together, or you can make an accordion flip book, like the one shown here.