How to Make Pocket Books

20170428_115617I saw my first pocket book at Stokers last month. I had stepped outside to explore the deck when I noticed a folded paper placed under each of the ashtrays. I pulled one out to find a little book called timing by John Reinhart.

I fell in love with Reinhart’s poetry and the idea of pocket books that morning. Later, I ran into Reinhart, had him sign my tiny copy and made a new friend.

The idea of pocket books is fascinating. The simplicity appeals to me. One sheet of paper and some folding—no glue or staples needed. These can be adapted for all sorts of creative endeavors. So far I’ve made them to advertise my published books, to share poetry like Reinhart did/does and to point out the best ways to help an author.

20170604_134741The fact that they can be so easily created and distributed makes them fun to give away. At my last signing, I passed out dozens of copies of Lizard Haiku to kids.

When I read to Children in Crisis next week, I will pass out one to each of the kids. I can’t afford to pass out regular free books to 50 plus children, but I can pass out hundreds of pocket books.

I’d love to see pocket books everywhere. You can make them in Microsoft Word, draw them by hand or cut and paste collage versions. Your creativity is the limit. I want to see more of these little, literary surprises around so I can collect them :)

Here’s a video to show how to fold them and an Instructable explaining the template. I’m also interested in getting together in the local area with anyone interested in having a pocket book party.



About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher, and author with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. She co-publishes Space and Time magazine with author husband Ryan Aussie Smith. For more information visit
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4 Responses to How to Make Pocket Books

  1. The idea of doing this project with children is awesome. The books are easily done, so they could each produce their own book in no time. Even collage the poem (with pictures?!) given the template. As you say, creativity is the limit!

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