How to Assemble Adapted Books!

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I get so many questions about how to assemble my adapted books and what tools I use to assemble them.  So I decided to just make a blog post about it.  At the end of this post, I have also linked my YouTube video that gives a quick demonstration on how I do it. 


Print the PDF file to laminate on cardstock.   You need a good laminator and good laminating pouches.   I use both scotch and Amazon’s brand for the laminating sheets, but really either is good.  Then, I use the Scotch laminator.  The one that I am using is a 13 inch, but you can use any size laminator for this project. 

Step 2.

Next, place all of your cardstock in each of the laminating sheets.

Step 3.

Then, when the laminator is hot and ready, put the sheets through laminator closed side first. 

Step 4.

Cut out all of the pages of the adapted book.  Leave the last page whole.  These leaves a place for all of the Velcro pieces to be stored. 

Step 5.

You need a binding machine of some sort.  Something to put holes in the side.  I use this Swingline ProClick P50.  I love this one.  Some people use spiral binding and others like to use combs.  I prefer to use spiral binding because they last longer.  These are the spiral bindings that I use.

Step 6.

One at a time, put holes in the sides of all the books.

helpful tip:

when you start binding, add a binder clip to the sides so that the holes line up and they don’t move.

Step 7.

After you have bound all of the books you are making, the next step is to add Velcro.  I absolutely think that these coin “hook and loop” fasteners are the best to use for these adapted books.  

Adding the Velcro:

I add hard Velcro to the blank squares on the right side of the last page.  This is the page that stores all of the moveable pieces.   

I also add hard Velcro to the inside of the book.

Another tip:

Before cutting out the moveable pieces, try adding the velcro first and then cut them out. 

Last step:

Add the moveable pieces to the right-hand side of the book.  Then your adapted books are completely assembled!!!  

Are you looking for more adapted books?

I have so many different types of adapted books for you to check out.   I have adapted books for guided reading, adapted books for counting, and even digital adapted books via Boom Cards.    I have adapted books for every season!  Just go and check them all out HERE!

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I am a High School, self-contained Autism teacher from Central New York, who is passionate about individualizing student learning. I am a mommy of three, lover of all things Disney, married to my best friend and addicted to chocolate!! I hope that you find great ideas and inspiration here, so welcome!!

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