My eldest brother works for a small book publishing company where he prints and binds books all day (not really sure if I am allowed to say the company, so I just won’t). There are only a few people who work there (only two people are in my brother’s department). They print books in all different languages. He invited me to bring the boys sometime to see his work.
We received a tour (from my bro) and learned the process of how things are ordered, how books are formatted and edited (we saw one being formatted that was in Russian), the way pages are printed in various sizes, how pages are cut, how books are bound, and how packaging works for the final product.
The experience was really educational. The boys had questions and loved watching the machines at work. They each were able to bind a book that my brother was going to bind himself. I believe it helped them better enjoy the books they have handled. They never really thought about the way books were made until they saw it before their eyes.