Make your own book coverWhen you're a...


Make your own book cover

When you're a kid, you don't wear your heart on your sleeve, you wear it on your notebook. Kids scrawl dramatic and heartfelt sentiments across binders and the covers of spiral-bound paper - "Bobby loves Bridget," "Geography stinks," "Reading Comp Rules," "Best Friends Forever." When taken as a whole, assertions like these make up the political and social manifesto of the American student. Junior Editions bookstore in Columbia Mall is teaching kids how to take it to the next level - art - using an old-fashioned method.

Bring a book and a brown paper grocery bag - and keep a few choice phrases in mind - to the store's book-covering party Saturday, where directions and decorating materials will be provided to help kids turn their textbooks into personal statements. Less high on a student's list of priorities perhaps is the added benefit of protecting the books from the elements, which often include pizza and high-sugar soft drinks. 11 a.m., 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, 410-730-2665.

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