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Summer is finally here and we’re excited for lots of outdoor play and…library days! Don’t let the time off from school impact your child’s reading. Summer’s a great time to come up with a reading list and dust off those library cards. One way to get kids excited about reading is to have them design their own book bag. A fun idea is to have them choose their favorite book cover illustration as inspiration!

*This idea originally appeared on our Instagram page as part of a sponsored post between Sharpies and Michael’s Craft Stores.

DIY Library Book Bag – Materials:

– Blank canvas bag

Sharpie Paint Markers

– Your favorite book illustration


It’s pretty simple, just have kids draw right on the blank tote using their favorite book cover as inspiration! One of our favorite books is The Day The Crayons Quit so that’s the one we chose. You can first draw in pencil and go over with the paint markers if you’d like. The paint markers glide on great without smearing on canvas.

When you’re done, head to the library and fill it up with books to get kids excited about reading this summer!

How do you encourage reading to your kids? Check out our recommended summer chapter reading list and 100 Books for Young Readers.


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Agnes Hsu is a mom of three and has been inspiring parents and kids to get creative with easy activities and family friendly recipes for over 10 years. She shares her love for creative play and kids food to her 2MM+ followers online. Agnes' commitment to playful learning and kindness has not only raised funds for charity but also earned features in prestigious nationwide publications.