I love bookish merchandise because it shows my love of reading in a visible way, but adding to my collection of literary “stuff” can get pricey. So, I’ve tried to find inexpensive and free ways to express my book obsession. One of my favorites is using the end pages from book-themed picture books to create wallpaper for my handheld digital devices. It’s super easy and free!
Since end pages (the pages at the very front and back of a book) often have a design that relates to the book’s story, it follows that book-themed books would have end pages with bookish designs. What I’ve done is found a variety of picture books with excellent literary end pages that you can use to create your bookish wallpaper.
All you have to do to make your free wallpaper a reality is follow these steps:
- Visit your local library and borrow one of the books listed below.
- Once you’re back home, stand the book up on a flat, well-lit surface and open to its end pages.
- Use your phone or tablet to take a photo of the portion of the end pages that you like best.
- Edit the photo to your liking.
- Set the photo as your wallpaper.
And that’s it! The books and end-page designs below are my favorites.
Otto the Book Bear, by Katie Cleminson
A Child of Books, by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston
The Midnight Library, by Kazuno Kohara
If You Ever Want To Bring a Circus To the Library, DON’T!, by Elise Parsley
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality, by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Stacy Innerst
I hope you find one you like! And if there are any other excellent bookish end pages that you know of, please share them in the comments below. Thanks!