My name book: A preschool printable

Each school year, I like to create a name book for my preschool students to use.

I put them together with all kinds of materials but to simplify things for my readers, I created this little name book template.

Getting Started

I create a book for each child in advance. The number of letters each child has in his or her name will determine the number of middle pages each book will have.  I also put in a few extra pages for practice pages.

You will notice that there is a little empty space at the top of each page. This is so the children can practice writing other letters and numbers or add a drawing if they wish. This space is also used to place their name card for easy viewing.

Our Name Writing Routine

I pull the name book out one day each week as a regular part of our routine. This is not the only time the children practice writing their name but it is a time that I will sit with them and help them where they need a little extra direction.

Each name book always comes with a printed and laminated name card. When the children sit with their name book, they will place the name card on the table or in the empty space at the top of their page for an easy reference.

When the child is finished with the name book for that session, the child will place the name card back into the little sleeve on the inside cover of the back page of the book for safe keeping.

The little sleeve is a sticky back pocket I got from the school supply store but you can also cut out a pocket and staple it on.

How We Use Our Name Writing Books

I keep the name books at the school throughout the school year and then give them to the parents at the end of the year parent-teacher conferences to take home. As needed, I add more pages or create a second book. The book in this post is just to give you the idea of what I like to do!

See a sample of other name activities the children participate on throughout the year by clicking here….

By |2018-12-04T11:55:38+00:00August 19th, 2010|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog August 19, 2010 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    This is SUCH a GOOD idea!!!!!! I’ll be making one of these up this weekend. Will be tweeting about it too. 🙂

  2. Shar August 20, 2010 at 4:36 am - Reply

    I give the children a name card and we practice writing on whiteboards, but I love that this breaks the name down into independent letters as well. I have been looking at ways to help support the children to differentiate between letters and words and this is a great start. I will definitely use this idea, thank you. 🙂

  3. What a great activity! And thank you for the download! For preschoolers, having their own book makes learning about the letters in their names so much more special. I love the activities you share for preschoolers and gave you the Wild about Your Blog Award at

    • Deborah J. Stewart August 22, 2010 at 10:11 am - Reply

      Wow – thank you for sharing the award with me. I will head over and check it out now:)

  4. Judi August 8, 2017 at 10:39 am - Reply

    When do you introduce a child to their name with the first letter in uppercase and the rest of their name in lowercase letters?

    • Deborah Stewart August 8, 2017 at 12:46 pm - Reply

      Right from the first day of school!

  5. Jackie October 17, 2017 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    I love this book! I’m sure it’s very obvious but I can’t seem to see the spot to download it. You have amazing ideas!

  6. aver July 14, 2018 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    beautiful post!! how can I print out the name book !! Thanks

    • Lauren Barkes July 17, 2018 at 12:25 pm - Reply

      I’m sorry, the print out is no longer available as this is a very dated post for us. However, you could easily recreate this on Microsoft Word!

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