Grade school brown-paper-bag book covers


While riding the bus this morning, I saw someone reading a book with an odd book cover. It made me think, if I was reading that book, I would put a cover over it. Then that reminded me of when we were in grade school, how we would cover our textbooks with brown kraft paper from grocery bags.

How odd that is. Were our parents (or the school) really that concerned that the books would get that dinged up. But then again, we were little kids that would throw our books around and treat ’em like total crap. And those books had to last for over 10 years (which was neat to see what kids had signed their name at the beggining of the book. You know if a big screw-up had a book before you, then you were doomed in that class!)

But really, it was kinda neat, because it allowed us to write on the cover of our books. In essence to personalize our study books. In a way, that gave us kids a psychological ownership and pride in our school books.

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laura k.
laura k.
17 years ago

at my school, it was required to have a book cover. those were state textbooks!

Tom Saaristo
17 years ago

Here’s what a freak I was: I would go to the stationery store and buy wrapping paper, or the art supply store and buy art paper or to the travel store and buy maps and use those materials to cover my books. Yes, I already said I was a freak …

laura k.
laura k.
17 years ago

ooh, maps! that’s an interesting idea…

Eliana Briones
17 years ago

I loved covering my books. It was a tradition. And then you could draw all over the covers and the paper bag was kinda fuzzy…. Ah those were the days…

Alyssa
Alyssa
17 years ago

How do you cover your books with brown paper bags?

Tom Saaristo
17 years ago

Here’s a fun resource with instructions on how to size, cut and fold any paper to cover books. http://www.funology.com/boredombusters/bb013.htm

Tom Saaristo
17 years ago

“covering” … ha! Too funny! “covering!” You kill me, spud! Heh heh heh …

Debra
Debra
17 years ago

Please send information on how to cover books with grocery paper bags. thanks

amanda
amanda
17 years ago

Thanks Tom!!!!!!!!!!! Your my hero!!!!!!!!!!!

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