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42 Creative Book Report Ideas for Students
Inspire your students to share their love of books.
Responding to what you read is an important literacy skill. Reading about other people’s experiences and perspectives helps kids learn about the world. And although students don’t need to dive deeply into every single book they read, occasionally digging into characters, settings, and themes can help them learn to look beyond the prose. Here are 42 creative book report ideas designed to make reading more meaningful.
1. Concrete Found Poem
This clever activity is basically a shape poem made up of words, phrases, and whole sentences found in the books students read. The words come together to create an image that represents something from the story.
2. Graphic Novel
Have students rewrite the book they are reading, or a chapter of their book, as a graphic novel. Set parameters for the assignment such as including six scenes from the story, three characters, details about the setting, etc. And, of course, include detailed illustrations to accompany the story.
3. Book Snaps
Book Snaps are a way for students to visually show how they are reacting to, processing, and/or connecting with a text. First, students snap a picture of a page in the book they are reading. Then, they add comments, images, highlights, and more.
4. Diary Entry
Have your students place themselves in the shoes of one of the characters from their book and write a first-person diary entry of a critical moment from the story. Ask them to choose a moment in the story where the character has plenty of interaction and emotion to share in a diary entry.
5. Character To-Do List
This fun activity is an off-the-beaten-path way to dive deep into character analysis. Get inside the head of the main character in a book and write a to-do list that they might write. Use actual information from the text, but also make inferences into what that character may wish to accomplish.
6. Mint Tin Book Report
There are so many super-creative, open-ended projects you can use mint tins for. This teacher blogger describes the process of creating book reports using them. There’s even a free template for cards that fit inside.
7. Fictional Yearbook Entries
Ask your students to create a yearbook based on the characters and setting in the book. What do they look like? Cut out magazine pictures to give a good visual image for their school picture. What kind of superlative might they get? Best looking? Class clown? What clubs would they be in or lead? Did they win any awards? It should be obvious from their small yearbooks whether your students dug deep into the characters in their books. They may also learn that who we are as individuals is reflected in what we choose to do with our lives.
8. Book Report Cake
This project would be perfect for a book tasting in your classroom! Each student presents their book report in the shape of food. See the sandwich and pizza options above and check out this blog for more delicious ideas.
9. Current Events Comparison
Have students locate three to five current events articles a character in their book might be interested in. After they’ve found the articles, have them explain why the character would find them interesting and how they relate to the book. Learning about how current events affect time, place, and people is critical to helping develop opinions about what we read and experience in life.
10. Sandwich Book Report
Yum! You’ll notice a lot of our creative book report ideas revolve around food. In this oldie but goodie, each layer of this book report sandwich covers a different element of the book—characters, setting, conflict, etc. A fun adaptation of this project is the book report cheeseburger.
11. Book Alphabet
Choose 15 to 20 alphabet books to help give your students examples of how they work around themes. Then ask your students to create their own Book Alphabet based on the book they read. What artifacts, vocabulary words, and names reflect the important parts of the book? After they find a word to represent each letter, have them write one sentence that explains where the word fits in.
12. Peekaboo Book Report
Using cardboard lap books (or small science report boards), students include details about their book’s main characters, plot, setting, conflict, resolution, etc. Then they draw a head and arms on card stock and attach them to the board from behind to make it look like the main character is peeking over the report.
13. T-Shirt Book Report
Another fun and creative idea: Create a wearable book report with a plain white tee. Come up with your own using Sharpie pens and acrylic paint. Get step-by-step directions .
14. Book Jacket
Have students create a new book jacket for their story. Include an attractive illustrated cover, a summary, a short biography of the author, and a few reviews from readers.
15. Watercolor Rainbow Book Report
This is great for biography research projects. Students cut out a photocopied image of their subject and glue it in the middle. Then, they draw lines from the image to the edges of the paper, like rays of sunshine, and fill in each section with information about the person. As a book report template, the center image could be a copy of the book cover, and each section expands on key information such as character names, theme(s), conflict, resolution, etc.
16. Act the Part
Have students dress up as their favorite character from the book and present an oral book report. If their favorite character is not the main character, retell the story from their point of view.
17. Pizza Box Book Report
If you’re looking for creative book report ideas that use upcycled materials, try this one using a pizza box. It works well for both nonfiction and fiction book reports. The top lid provides a picture of the book cover. Each wedge of the pizza pie tells part of the story.
Have students create a custom illustrated bookmark that includes drawings and words from either their favorite chapter or the entire book.
19. Book Reports in a Bag
Looking for book report ideas that really encourage creative thinking? With book reports in a bag, students read a book and write a summary. Then, they decorate a paper grocery bag with a scene from the book, place five items that represent something from the book inside the bag, and present the bag to the class.
20. Reading Lists for Characters
Ask your students to think about a character in their book. What kinds of books might that character like to read? Take them to the library to choose five books the character might have on their to-be-read list. Have them list the books and explain what each book might mean to the character. Post the to-be-read lists for others to see and choose from—there’s nothing like trying out a book character’s style when developing your own identity.
21. File Folder Book Report
Also called a lap book, this easy-to-make book report hits on all the major elements of a book study and gives students a chance to show what they know in a colorful way.
Create a collage using pictures and words that represent different parts of the book. Use old magazines or print pictures from the Internet.
23. Book Report Triorama
Who doesn’t love a multidimensional book report? This image shows a 3D model, but Elisha Ann provides a lesson to show students how to glue four triangles together to make a 4D model.
Have students create a timeline of the main events from their book. Be sure to include character names and details for each event. Use 8 x 11 sheets of paper taped together or a long portion of bulletin board paper.
25. Clothes Hanger Book Report Mobile
This creative project doesn’t require a fancy or expensive supply list. Students just need an ordinary clothes hanger, strings, and paper. The body of the hanger is used to identify the book, and the cards on the strings dangling below are filled with key elements of the book, like characters, setting, and a summary.
26. Public Service Announcement
If a student has read a book about a cause that affects people, animals, or the environment, teach them about public service announcements . Once they understand what a PSA is, have them research the issue or cause that stood out in the book. Then give them a template for a storyboard so they can create their own PSA. Some students might want to take it a step further and create a video based on their storyboard. Consider sharing their storyboard or video with an organization that supports the cause or issue.
27. Dodecahedron Book Report
Creative book report ideas think outside the box. In this case, it’s a ball! SO much information can be covered on the 12 panels , and it allows students to take a deep dive in a creative way.
28. Character Cards
Make trading cards (like baseball cards) for a few characters from the book. On the front side, draw the character. On the back side, make a list of their character traits and include a quote or two.
29. Book Report Booklets
This clever book report is made from ordinary paper bags. Stack the paper bags on top of each other, fold them in half, and staple the closed-off ends of the bags together. Students can write, draw, and decorate on the paper bag pages. They can also record information on writing or drawing paper and glue the paper onto the pages. The open ends of the bags can be used as pockets to insert photos, cut-outs, postcards, or other flat items that help them tell their story.
30. Letter to the Author
Write a letter to the author of the book. Tell them three things you really liked about the story. Ask three questions about the plot, characters, or anything else you’re curious about.
31. Book Report Charm Bracelet
What a “charming” way to write a book report! Each illustrated bracelet charm captures a character, an event in the plot, setting, or other detail.
32. Fact Sheet
Have students create a list of 10 facts that they learned from reading the book. Have them write the facts in complete sentences, and be sure that each fact is something that they didn’t know before they read the book.
33. Cereal Box TV Book Report
This book report project is a low-tech version of a television made from a cereal box and two paper towel rolls. Students create the viewing screen cut-out at the top, then insert a scroll of paper with writing and illustrations inside the box. When the cardboard roll is rotated, the story unfolds.
34. Be a Character Therapist
Therapists work to uncover their clients’ fears based on their words and actions. When we read books, we must learn to use a character’s actions and dialogue to infer their fears. Many plots revolve around a character’s fear and the work it takes to overcome that fear. Ask students to identify a character’s fear and find 8 to 10 scenes that prove this fear exists. Then have them write about ways the character overcame the fear (or didn’t) in the story. What might the character have done differently?
35. Mind Maps
Mind maps can be a great way to synthesize what students have learned from reading a book. Plus, there are so many ways to approach them. Begin by writing a central idea in the middle of the page. For example, general information, characters, plot, etc. Then branch out from the center with ideas, thoughts, and connections to material from the book.
From Rainbows Within Reach , this clever idea would be a great introduction to writing book reports. Adapt the flap categories for students at different levels. Adjust the number of categories (or flaps) per the needs of your students.
37. Board games
This is a great project if you want your students to develop a little more insight into what they’re reading. Have them think about the elements of their favorite board games and how they can be adapted to fit this assignment. For more, here are step-by-step directions .
38. Comic strips
If you’re looking for creative book report ideas for students who like graphic novels, try comic strips. Include an illustrated cover with the title and author. The pages of the book should retell the story using dialogue and descriptions of the setting and characters. Of course, no comic book would be complete without copious illustrations and thought bubbles.
Create a timeline using a long roll of butcher paper, a poster board, or index cards taped together. For each event on the timeline, write a brief description of what happens. Add pictures, clip art, word art, and symbols to make the timeline more lively and colorful.
40. Cereal Box
Recycle a cereal box and create a book report Wheaties-style. Decorate all sides of the box with information about the book’s characters, setting, plot, summary, etc.
41. Wanted Poster
Make a “wanted” poster for one of the book’s main characters. Indicate whether they are wanted dead or alive. Include a picture of the character and a description of what the character is “wanted” for, three examples of the character showing this trait, and a detailed account of where the character was last seen.
42. Movie Version
If the book your students have read has been made into a movie, have them write a report about how the versions are alike and different. If the book has not been made into a movie, have them write a report telling how they would make it into a movie, using specific details from the book.
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By Rachel Lynette
Ten Great Creative Book Report Ideas
Book in a Box
Decorate a box to represent the book and fill it with objects that symbolize different aspects of the story (see student handout example below).
Use words and pictures to make a timeline of important events from the book.
Create a mobile using the four story elements (setting, character, plot, theme).
Shoe Box Diorama
An oldie, but a goodie: Create a diorama of an important scene from the book.
Create a collage using pictures that represent different parts of the book.
Pretend the book is going to be made into a movie and create a poster to promote the movie.
Make a 3-D model of the main character, and write an interview with that character.
Make and label a detailed map of an important setting from your book.
Make a scrapbook with items and pictures that are important to the life of the main character and to the story.
Create a PowerPoint presentation with slides for the story elements, as well as a summary and an opinion.
Once your students have completed their projects, be sure to allow them time to share with the class.
This post was inspired by my son’s college literature group, who were assigned to dramatize Oedipus Rex and chose to do it with sock puppets.
What is your favorite book project? Please share with a comment.
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July 10, 2011 at 5:39 am
Love the movie poster idea! I have never thought about that before!
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July 14, 2011 at 2:43 pm
I loved this idea for a linky party – thanks so much!
June 28, 2013 at 1:32 am
Rachel, I just want to thank you for always being so generous with so many of your wonderful ideas, task cards & posters. Truly, it means so much that you help others out so much! Thanks again! Please know how much I appreciate everything you share with the rest of us in this great profession of ours 🙂
January 30, 2015 at 11:58 pm
Thank you for the idea of the 3D model of the main character. Never thought of it before. It's a pretty cool idea I am going to use it on my book called Betsy Ross. Once again THANK YOU!!!!! B-) 😀 😉 🙂
February 27, 2016 at 8:24 am
These ideas were helpful! thank-you!
April 18, 2016 at 8:11 pm
Thank you for all the grelt ideas! Maybe its old news, but I have made my (older) students make a booktrailer i small groups. You know like a movietrailer. Then they also had to use their knowledge about movie tricks. They were really in to it and the trailers became quite different even though we read the same book. Grounds for some great talks afterwards.
September 29, 2016 at 5:10 am
Those are such creative ideas! Thank you so much, I’m going to let my teacher know straight away. I hope she says yes to the 3-D Model of the main character. Fingers crossed! ☺️?
February 20, 2017 at 9:58 am
March 29, 2020 at 2:11 pm
Our school is starting remote learning days. Is this a ‘legal’ use of your ideas and resources? I don’t want to misuse any of your materials. It would only be assigned to my students.
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Are you tired of the same old book reports? Are you looking for creative ways to make your literary analyses more exciting?
You're in the right place!
In this blog, we've gathered a variety of unique book report ideas that break away from the usual routine. If you're a student or a book lover, our fresh ideas will make your book reports more interesting.
So, let's dive in and explore these exciting ways to share your thoughts and love for literature!
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How to Create an Interesting Book Report?
Do you know there are many ways to present your book report? Of course, the traditional way is writing it.
Here’s how you write a book report:
- Select a Book and Take Notes: Choose a book and read it attentively, taking notes on essential elements like characters, plot, themes, and notable quotes. Jot down your reactions and thoughts while reading.
- Understand the Requirements: Understand the guidelines or requirements given by your teacher or the format you need to follow. Different book reports might have specific criteria to fulfill.
- Craft an Outline: Organize your thoughts by creating an outline. This could include an introduction, summary, analysis, and conclusion. This step helps you structure your report effectively.
- Write the Report: Begin writing your report using your outline as a guide. Start with an engaging introduction, summarize the book's key points, delve into your analysis, and conclude with your thoughts on the book.
- Revise and Edit: Review your report for any errors, and consider refining your content. Check for grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes, and ensure your ideas are presented clearly and coherently.
- Add Creativity: Enhance your report by adding imaginative features such as oral book reports, book report mobiles, book jackets, or create a timeline presented visually. These elements contribute to making your report more captivating and interactive for your audience.
Here’s a variety of creative book report ideas you can choose from:
Creative and Fun Book Report Ideas for Middle School
Creative ideas include more than writing, and this is why working on these ideas requires more time and attention. This is what makes the process so engaging and interesting for the students.
Here, we have provided some ideas and ways of presenting your book report in an outstanding and creative way.
Paper Bag Book Report Idea
Probably one of the most simple book report types, this kind of project does not need many objects, and all you need is a lunchbox size paper bag.
To create the paper bag book report, follow the below steps:
- Add up to five objects that are relevant and significant in the bag
- When presenting the report, explain one by one how these objects are significant in the book and to the main book characters
- Instead of keeping the cover plain, you can draw some relevant drawings on it
This is an interesting book report idea for 3rd grade as younger students are usually visual learners.
Cereal Box Book Report Idea
These kinds of book reports are quite creative and cost-effective also. All you need to have is an empty cereal box and some paper to cover the box and to add other details.
To create book report, follow the below steps:
- Cover the entire cereal box with white, or any other color, paper
- Make a relevant drawing on the front part of the cereal box
- Write the details like the book’s themes and summary at the sides of the box
- Rename the cereal with a correlating name
This idea is well-suited for slightly older students, making it an ideal choice for a book report idea for 4th-grade students.
Character Analysis Book Report
This kind of book report is unique as in it, the students dress up like one of the characters in the book and present it through the character’s point of view. Students may choose their favorite character for the analysis. Besides the acting part, your teacher may ask you to prepare the written character analysis report also. When dressed up, explain the significance of the character and its role in the book.
This makes for an interesting book report idea for 7th grade as it involves critical skills to analyze a character.
Lapbook Book Report
Lapbooks are different from scrapbooks and make for an excellent and quick book project that is both creative and informative. The students create them to present their book reviews and reports creatively.
To make the Lapbook, follow the below steps:
- Take a file folder; you can take a file folder of any color
- Fold both sides of the folder inwards and make a strong crease
- Cut and paste a piece of strong paper like cardboard paper or construction paper in the middle part of the file
- You can add the summary and list of important themes in the middle section of the file
- To the side panels, add the list of main characters and personal analysis and recommendation
This is quite a simple and creative type of book report idea for 5th grade, and you can present all the necessary details easily with it.
Diorama Book Report
A diorama is a 3-D version and representation of a scene or character from the book. It is different from a simple and straightforward drawing and includes more creative and interesting elements.
To make a diorama, follow the below steps:
- Take a shoebox, big enough to help you present the scene completely
- Draw the scene that you want to represent on the inside of the box and place it facing forward
- Draw and make some paper structures from the scene like objects and characters
- Place them to represent the said scene
- You can write the scene’s description and place it at the top of the box
A diorama is an excellent way of defining and explaining a scene from the book, and if you are good with papercraft, it would be an easy project. It's a bit more complex so it would be a suitable book report idea for 6th grade students.
Poster Book Report Ideas
Looking for something different from the usually written book report? Try a poster-style book report. Poster-style book reports are creative and allow you to add as many features from the book as possible.
To make the poster, follow the below steps:
- Take a poster of the color of your choice
- Draw the characters and some scenes from the book on it
- You can also divide the poster into sections and add things like the book’s summary, the list of themes and characters on it
This is a unique book report idea for and allows a lot of creativity.
PowerPoint Book Report
This idea is more suitable if you are having a class presentation for the book report. Prepare a PowerPoint presentation of your chosen book. You can add pictures and other visual objects to your slides.
Moreover, to make a memorable PowerPoint book report, follow the below steps:
- Add the name of the book on the first slide and add some elements from the book to it
- Mention the summary of the book on the next slide
- Add a list of main themes and explain them verbally
- Mention the main characters from the book; you can either add a list of these characters or dedicate one slide to each character and add some of its defining qualities to it
This is quite an interesting book report idea where you get a chance to combine visual objects with explanations. It involves the use of PowerPoint software, making it a suitable book report idea for 7th grade.
These are the miniature versions of the complete and lengthy books, and all you will need is a paper or a premade template that you can download online. Since they are easy to make, students read and make the report easily.
If you are making the mini-book yourself then follow the following steps:
- Fold the paper into four sides
- Add the title of the book on the main cover and draw a scenic view of it
- List the main characters of the book on one side of the paper
- Add the main theme or scene that you will discuss in your report and add its description and explanation on one side of the fold
These mini-books are easy to make, and you can fit an entire book into a single paper.
Jacket Book Report
A jacket book report is somewhat like a lapbook with the only distinction that the jacket is used from all sides. You can either download a premade template or make one yourself. Follow the below steps:
- Fold the paper inwards like a jacket
- Write the summary of the book at the back of the jacket
- Write the list of the main themes and characters at the flaps of the jacket
- Add the description of the main occurrences and characters on the inside of the jacket
The project is quite interesting as you get a chance to present your book report in detail.
Letter-to-the-Author Book Report
In this project, the student writes a letter to the author and tells him about what they have experienced when reading the book. It is a great way of communicating your thoughts, and the writer is alive. The school or teacher could actually arrange to mail these letters to him.
Some key steps to mention in the letter are given below:
- Explain how you like the plot of the book
- Describe the traits of the main characters that you like and dislike about them
- Comment on the setting and conclusion of the book and explain if you agree or agree with it
Writing a letter-type book report will help you become a better analyst and write a better and more detailed analysis of the book.
Book Report Ideas High School
Here are a few book report ideas for high school students:
Picture Book Report
These kinds of book reports are all visuals and appeal greatly to younger students. After you read the book, create a picture version of it.
Either you could add the pictures only, or you can mix it with some written descriptions like the summary of the book on the cover page.
Other things and elements that you could add to your book report are given below:
- The list of the main characters
- The list of the themes and parallel plots
However, add the list alongside the pictures depicting these themes and characters. These reports will help them understand the book in a better manner.
Timeline Book Report
As the name says it all, in this kind of book repkort, you will prepare a timeline of the main events as and when they occurred in the book. Instead of adding all the events in a row, look for the events that are significant in the book and explain how they helped to shape the story. It is an easy way to learn about the main events that occurred in the book.
Factsheet Book Report
This kind of book report is based on gathering and presenting the relevant facts about the book. You can either prepare ten or more significant facts about the book and that you have learned while reading comprehension.
Some of the things that you add in this factsheet are:
- Morals that you have learned from the book talks
- Incidents that are prevalent in both the book and the life of the author
- The significant flaws in the personalities of the main characters
- Key points of additional information about the book
Factsheet book report helps you understand the book better, focusing on important events and themes. This way of presenting information using data might be complex, making it an appropriate book report idea for 8th grade.
Glossary Book Report
This is a very interesting type of book report, but you will need to be quite careful when working with it. To create a glossary and understand the book better, you must carefully read it and observe how specific words impact the overall story. To make such a book report, follow the below steps:
- Read the book carefully and note down important words and phrases
- Explain the collected words and phrases and add relevant sentences as examples
- Explain verbally also how these collected words and phrases are important in the book
- If your teacher allows, pass the book report in the class for everyone to read it
These kinds of book reports encourage you to read the book and help others understand the main aspects of the book.
Character Book Report
Sometimes instead of the entire book, the teacher gives the choice of choosing any one character from the book and preparing your book report on it. You can choose any character and study it in detail.
When preparing the report, add the following points to it:
- Positive traits of the character
- Negative traits of the character
- The significance of the character in the book
- The way the character has helped shape the storyline
This kind of book report is a good way of understanding and studying the characters of the book.
T-Shirt Book Report
This could be a great way of using an old white t-shirt.
You can use color pens, glitter pens, crayons, and acrylic colors to make the scenes and write down different things on it. To make one such t-shirt book report, follow the following steps:
- Draw the scene of the book on the front of the shirt with details like the title of the book, its author, and genre
- Use the back of the shirt to write a summary of the book and section it to add the main characters of the book
- Use the sleeves to add other details like the themes and plot of the book
- Draw some scenes from the book that is significant for the story
To present the book report, you can either wear it in the class, or you can hang it on a hanger and present it.
Rainbow Book Report
This is quite an enjoyable project, and we are sure that no matter what grade you are studying in, you will enjoy working on this project. To make a colorful rainbow book report, follow the below steps:
- Take a white-colored poster
- Paste the printed picture in the middle of the poster
- Draw lines from the middle picture and divide them into several sections
- Write details in those sections
- Color each section with a different color and use crayons or watercolors for it
The project is colorful and informative; as with it, you can explain your book in a better manner.
Hanger Book Report
This is a very simple kind of book report. All you will need is a hanger, some paper cards, and pencils or markers. It is easy to make and equally easy to present. To make one, follow the below steps:
- Write the name of the book on the top of the hanger
- Draw the characters and scenes on the paper cards
- Add the summary of the book and description of the themes of the book on other paper cards
- Attach all the cards with strings and in the flow that represents the events in a sequence
The project is simple, and you will not need many things to execute this project.
Charm Bracelet Book Report
Who doesn’t love charm bracelets? They are cute and make a great book report project idea also. To present such a book report, you can either make one and wear it to your class or draw an entire paper hand with the charm bracelet around it.
To make one, follow the below steps:
- Cut a paper in the shape of a hand with the bracelet on it
- Use each part of the charm bracelet to present a different aspect of the book, like the list of the main characters, the summary of the book, the main themes of the book, etc.
- Color each part with a different color
This project makes an interesting book report, one that you will really enjoy making.
Pizza Box Book Report
Do you know that your favorite pizza makes for a great book report idea? Yes, it does.
It is a unique idea, and it will really get your creativity going. To make a pizza box book report, follow the following steps:
- Cut a paper in a circular shape and make sure that the paper is big enough to cover all the main book details
- Divide and design the paper like that of a pizza
- Use the upper slice to add the book title and the name of the author
- Use other slices for the summary of the book, main characters, setting, themes of the book, and important incidences
- Use the insides of the box to add and stick paper cutting for other important book details
This is an excellent idea to present your book report, and you will enjoy making it also.
Sandwich Style Book Report
Another ‘edible’ book report idea is on our list. This yummy book report has a number of layers, just like a sandwich, and you will use each layer to present different aspects of the book report. To make a sandwich book report, follow the below steps:
- Download the printable versions of the slices of bread, lettuce, cheese, etc. or draw and cut them yourself
- On the top layer of the bread, mention the title of the book plus the author of the book
- In the next layer, add the summary of the book
- Use other layers to add and explain the main characters and themes of the book
- In the last layer, add the recommendations and personal analysis
A sandwich book report is easy to make, and if you have downloaded the designs, then all you will have to do is to add the written details.
Mint Tin Book Report
Now, this kind of book report represents how to present a book in a box or in a tin box. It is a really cute and adorable way of presenting your book, and you can make one by following the below steps:
- Get a tin box of any size that you find perfect for your book report
- Cut papers as per the shape and size that will fit into that tin box
- Make a list of the things that you will add into your book report tin
- Write the summary of the book on the top piece of paper
- Add other details like the themes, settings, plot, and characters on other paper pieces
- To make it even interesting, draw a relevant drawing on the title paper of the book report You can use the same idea to make other books in the box types of book reports.
Cake Book Report
Love cakes? Why not make one as your book report? A cake-style book report is quite creative, and your teacher will love to have these in the class. To make a cake book report, follow the below steps:
- Download and assemble a premade cake book report
- At the top main, write the title of the book and the author
- At the top tier of the cake, list the names of the main characters, like the main protagonists and antagonists
- In the second tier, add the main themes and motifs of the book
- In the last tier, add personal analysis and recommendations
If you do not want to make the report with a premade template, you can also make one yourself.
Alternate Ending Book Report
Not satisfied with the ending of the book? Why not write an alternate ending for it? This makes for an excellent book report where you can explain the main themes and elements of the book and the reason why the ending is not relevant or could be better. When working on this kind of book report, add the following points:
- Explain the background of the author and the book
- Explain the main incidences, characters, and themes of the book
- Mention why the ending is not appropriate and add relevant examples from the text
- Suggest an alternate ending and explain why and how it is better than the actual ending
This kind of book report is a great exercise to read and analyze a piece of literature while working on your critical analysis skills.
Book Report Ideas for Distance Learning
Following are a few book report ideas for distance learning.
Screenplay Book Report
How would your favorite book be formed in a movie? Making movies based on books is nothing new, and you will find plenty of them. This kind of book report is different, and you will need to ask your teacher if he would allow you to do it this way. When writing the screenplay, add the following things to it:
- Write the dialogues according to the personality of the character
- Make the setting as close to the ones described in the book
- Make sure that you have built your characters as per the descriptions in the book
It is quite a creative project and will help you sharpen your creative writing skills.
Collage Book Report
Looking for an easy and creative book report idea? A collage book report is easy to make, and it is quite colorful and creative also. To make a collage book report, follow the below steps:
- Take a strong chart paper in any color
- Cut different structures to represent different characters and themes of the book
- Other things to mention and add are the settings of the book and important incidences
The project is a great book report idea if you are fond of drawing and want to combine it with writing.
Letter-to-the-Character Book Report
If you have the liberty to choose the kind of book report then this kind will definitely excite you. in it, you will write a letter to one of the characters of the book. When doing so, you can add the following details to it:
- Mention how you do like the character
- Explain the qualities and personality traits that you like about him or her
- Mention the traits that you do not like or want the character to improve
This kind of book report helps you in building your critical analysis skills and use them in further projects.
Compare and Contrast Book Report
For this kind of book report, you will need to choose two or more books. Then, read them and find out the parallels between them and how these books are similar to one another. Afterward,
You can use a file folder or even a collage to draw these parallels and differences between them. However, no matter what kind of design you choose, present the book’s side so that the onlooker can understand the similarities and differences between them.
Here are some sample book report to give you ideas:
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Harry Potter Book Report Ideas
Biography Book Report Ideas
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12 Creative Book Report Projects Your Students Will Love
Whether you’re teaching a whole-class novel, or finishing a round of independent reading or literature circles, post-reading assessments are always more engaging when they’re more than just a test or essay.
Below, you’ll discover a dozen fun book report ideas for your middle or high school ELA students, curated by a team of experienced English teachers.
Choose your favorite projects to offer to students as options on a book report project choice board.
Create a Board Game
When I gave “create a board game about the book you read” as a book report option for my students, I was pleasantly surprised at the results! Quite a few students excitedly chose this option and created some really fun-looking games centered on their books.
This is a great project choice if you’re looking for something that students can’t create by just Googling the book.
Here are some tips and suggestions for assigning a board game book report:
- Give clear parameters and requirements to keep students on track, such as requiring game elements to represent certain literary elements of the book they read.
- Provide suggestions for game components and materials – encourage students to consider the game play and elements of their favorite board games and to use materials they already have at home to create them.
- For a whole-class novel study, consider allowing students to work in teams to create the novel-based board games, then setting aside a class period for students to play each others’ games and see who wins!
If you’re looking to save time… clear directions handouts, lots of suggestions, and a handy grading rubric for a board game post-reading assessment are all included in this resource . Take a look!
For more independent reading response ideas, check out this post with ideas for fun post-reading projects.
Create a Journey Box
Engaging students in authentic conversations about books is a passion for Carolyn of Middle School Café . In traditional oral book reports, students simply get up in front of the class and read a summary of the book they read. Carolyn found this method of oral book reports painful for both her and her students.
Wanting to find a way to help her students talk about their book and keep her class engaged, Carolyn began incorporating Journey Box Book Reports. A journey box is a shoebox (or bag) that contains artifacts from the story that help the reader share important events from the story.
Students predetermine what events of the story are most important to share, then they create an artifact to share with the class or small group as they explain the plot. As an example, Carolyn had a student who read The Diary of Anne Frank. He created a small 3D tree that he displayed on the desk as he shared about how Anne looked out the window and dreamed of her former life. It’s a small piece of the story that helps the student explain the plot point and gives the audience something visual to look at and stay engaged.
Journey Box Book Reports have been successful for Carolyn in both her middle school and high school classrooms. She does suggest, if using Journey Boxes in older grades, to have students share their stories in small groups.
Create a Literary Food Truck
If there’s one thing kids love, it’s food – especially high schoolers – and with this in mind, one of Simply Ana P’s favorite ways to recap a class novel or an independent reading unit is with Literary Food Trucks. This is definitely not a new idea, but it’s one that will have you coming back for seconds 🙂
Ana first tried this project at the end of The Odyssey , where students were able to decide which book(s) they wanted to make the focus of their trucks. The main requirement was that every single choice made had to be intentional and clearly relevant. With this in mind, students could start the planning process.
You can make the truck’s requirements as simple or as detailed as you prefer, but Ana recommends having students plan:
- Truck name, design, and branding colors
- Menu design and items (5 items minimum)
- Employee uniforms
Ana includes a writing component by having her students defend all of their selections in the form of a proposal. This is later used in their presentations, and the better (more intentional) their proposal is, the more likely they will win the class vote. This proposal can be anywhere from a few paragraphs to a few pages, depending on what writing goals you have for them, and should definitely include text evidence.
Part of the beauty of this type of project is that it can be done digital or paper-based. Ana likes to walk her students through a Canva tutorial, where there are even menu templates that students can use so they don’t feel overwhelmed starting from scratch. Or, for more creative students, they can create their trucks on chart paper, poster board, or even 3D dioramas. After students finish making their food trucks, it’s always fun to take a day for the in-class Food Festival, where students are invited to bring in items from their menus or simply some type of snacks. Some students get super hype about this day and even make/wear aprons or themed employee uniforms. Students are able to walk around, visiting each of their trucks, and casting their votes for Best Food, Most Relevant, and Most Detailed. Have fun and bon appetit !
Create a Mood Board
It can be hard to come up with creative post-reading assessments for your students when they’re done with a full class novel, literature circles, or a choice reading unit. In an attempt to combine 21 st century skills with literary analysis, Samantha from Samantha in Secondary decided to try something a little different. Enter: The Mood Board.
A mood board combines images to elicit a feeling from a viewer much like a writer does with words. The possibilities for using a mood board with your class are endless. Students can create a mood board for an overall book, a character, an event, a theme, a poem, etc. Then, have your students carefully curate a board that is aesthetically pleasing and considers color, space, and design in the execution. As students explain why they’ve made the choices they have, the upper-level thinking comes naturally.
Canva is an excellent tool to use to create your mood boards. Having students interact with software they may be unfamiliar with is a meaningful learning experience in and of itself. If you want to learn more about how to use mood boards in your own classroom, click here to read Samantha’s blog post about it or check out the resource she created that includes done-for-you student instructions, examples, and a rubric here .
Create a New App
How would a character’s life change if there was just the perfect app to solve their conflict??
This is the question Krista from @whimsyandrigor poses to her students as they finish a novel and begin to reflect on the character’s journey. Students begin by discussing all of the details surrounding the protagonist and what they experienced. In small groups and in whole-class discussions, students discuss the conflicts, both internal and external, and then brainstorm all of the realistic and not-so-realistic ways the character could have addressed their problems.
Once students have generated a healthy list of ideas, Krista tells them they get to become an app developer and they must create an app that would greatly benefit a character from their reading.
The requirements are:
- The app cannot already exist.
- The app can be totally unrealistic/not probable.
- The app developer must be able to explain how its features would benefit the character.
- The developer must also create an icon for the App Store.
Here is a print-and-go handout students use to get designing.
Here are some example apps students could create: to help Will from Jason Reynolds’s Long Way Down , maybe an app that predicts his future would help him decide what to do once he steps off the elevator. Or maybe Romeo from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet would have benefited from a life-detection app that would accurately determine whether or not someone was actually dead.
When students sette on the conflict they want to address and the app that would help, they write a Spill the TEA paragraph, as explained by Krista in this YouTube video . Using this paragraph organization strategy, students will introduce their app, use evidence to explain how it is necessary for the character, and explain how the app would have benefited or changed the protagonist’s journey.
Now they get to be a graphic designer as they design the app’s icon. Students may want to peruse the actual App Store to get ideas about how an icon is designed, what elements must be present, and how to create something that is eye-catching.
If space allows, Krista encourages you to display the icons and Spill the TEA paragraphs in the hallway for other students to see the in-depth critical thinking and character analysis your students did after finishing a novel.
Who says technology is only a distraction for our students?! This activity proves technology can help students dive deep into a text and its characters!
Write a Vignette
Lesa from SmithTeaches9to12 often focuses on character-based activities for novel studies including a character profile activity , character conversations through text messages , or the writing of a good vignette.
Vignettes can be a great way to assess students’ literary analysis skills and understanding of the text. Students write a short piece of about 500 words that is descriptive of a particular moment in time focusing on one of the book’s characters. These moments could be placing the character in a new setting, writing about a particular moment in the story that was less developed, or even extending to a moment beyond the book’s conclusion. Lesa provides students with some mentor texts, including “My Name” by Sandra Cisneros in The House on Mango Street or “The Prisoner Van” by Charles Dickens in Sketches by Boz or even one from a novel being read in class. Review the stories for structure, language choice, sentence structure, use of figurative language, and so on. This helps to co-create the criteria for the assignment. Then students write their own vignette. Build in some peer review as an accountability piece and voila!
Create a Character Collage
It’s safe to say that most English teachers have a bin of cut-up magazines somewhere in their classrooms. While these tattered copies of People and Us Weekly have definitely seen better days, they live on in the many collage creations of our students.
Katie from Mochas and Markbooks loves to use collages as visual representations of comprehension. After reading a novel or short story, creating a character collage to show how a character has evolved from beginning to end requires students to use higher order thinking skills to analyze, synthesize and demonstrate their understanding of characterization by dividing their page in half and choosing words and images to represent the character at the start and conclusion of the story on each side.
The results will show the depth of your students’ interpretation of character as well as their ability to use critical and creative thinking skills to represent their knowledge.
Other ways to use this idea instead of showing character evolution are to show two different sides to a character, for example, who they are with different people in their lives.
If you are looking for other ways to incorporate collage and magazines into your post-reading assessments, check out this blog post for more ideas!
Design Shoe Charms
Crocs are not Olivia ’s shoe of choice, but when she noticed her students bedazzling their plastic footwear with shoe charms, it was a learning opportunity she just couldn’t pass up. Here’s how to make it work in your classroom:
First, have your students choose a character from the book they have finished reading. Then encourage them to find quotes from the book that reveal the character’s interests, values, or personality. Once they have found their quotes (she has her students find 4), tell them to design and color shoe charms that represent those interests, values, or personality traits. This helps students with inferencing, textual evidence, and even symbolism!
When your students have finished making their shoe charms, they can either tape the charms to their shoes for a fabulous, foot-themed fashion show, or they can glue them to a picture of a Croc for quirky classroom décor. Check out this Instagram post to see the charms Olivia’s students came up with!
Create a Movie Poster
When was the last time you went to the movies? Did you notice the posters along the way? If yes then you have walked down the movie studio promotional lane. Like trailers, studios create movie posters to grab the attention of movie-goers before they even enter the theater. Yes, you may have already purchased your movie ticket, but those posters were created for the future. After you finish watching Sonic 2 , what movie will you see next? You probably already pointed to that poster on the way into the theater and said, “That looks like it is going to be good. I want to see that!” As a post reading idea, Sharena from The Humble Bird Teacher has her students create movie posters based on the text read in class. This allows her to complete a formative assessment on what the students learned from the text. Before having her class create a movie poster, she shows them examples of posters from different genres such as drama, action, family-friendly, and comedy. Then she hands out a piece of construction paper and goes over the basic requirements. On the movie poster, the students are required to have their actors names or image (characters), the title of the movie, a visual (setting or symbol from the story), and a tagline, and a short two to three sentence summary of the movie. Once her students are finished with the assignment, she displays them outside the classroom, so the students can have their own movie studio promotional lane. If you are looking for more after reading ideas, click here .
Try Novel Engineering
Whether you’ve been hoping to collaborate with another department, or just really want to try something new, Novel Engineering is an amazing way to get students thinking outside of the box ! Staci from Donut Lovin’ Teacher has found that Novel Engineering requires students to actively comprehend and interact with a novel and get creative about how to help improve the lives of characters! Basically, students work to create a product that will help solve a character’s problem. Here’s how it works…
Before reading : Choose a narrative text where the character faces tangible conflicts. Model and practice the design process in small ways. Try using picture books like Mucha! Muncha! Mucha! in order for students to see and practice what they’ll be doing with a text at grade-level.
While reading : Emphasize the conflicts characters face and give students time to brainstorm possible products that would help solve said problem. Make sure students record evidence from the text so they can later justify the need for the product they design.
After reading : Give students time to draft, craft, and improve their designs that will help solve a problem faced by a character. You can give students options where they draw their creation, make their creation, or even plan a digital app like this, depending on time and resources. Whatever you choose, students will be sure to be pushed to use some skills they may not always practice in an ELA classroom!
Staci has some FREE Novel Engineering Digital Planning Pages or you can read more about her experience with novel engineering on the Donut Lovin’ Teacher blog .
Create a Tik Tok Video
How many times have you passed a group of students filming a TikTok in a hallway? Have you had students ask to film in your class once they finish assignments? You are not alone. Students love TikTok and Yaddy from Yaddy’s Room has figured out how to get students using TikTok for academic purposes!
Yaddy likes to challenge students to create TikTok videos that track a character’s development, encapsulates the main theme of the story, or that exemplifies a key conflict. These easy, low stress videos are great at getting even reluctant students to participate.
To incorporate TikTok videos as a means of assessing students after a novel or story, try the following steps:
1) Get students to brainstorm which part of the novel they would like to use for their video.
2) Ask students to start combing TikTok for an audio that fits with the portion of the text they chose
3) Ask them to plan out how they will realize their vision
4) Rehearse and film!
5) Bonus: ask students to upload their videos to Google Drive and share the link with you so that you can make QR codes to post around your classroom!
Want to get started using TikTok videos for book reports? Check on Yaddy’s free planning sheet here !
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15 Creative and digital book report ideas that will get your students excited to read
Not all students are excited to read a book. So how can you make reading a book more engaging and fun? This is a huge challenge for most teachers, so I hope I can help you out!
Here’s what you’ll find in this blog post (click on the title if you want to jump to the section directly)
5 tips to get your students excited about reading
- 15 creative and digital book report lesson plans (free & ready to use!)
- The complete collection of book report lesson ideas in one assignment (your students get to choose!)
Instructions on how to use these digital book report lesson activities
Before you dive into the book reports, you have to get your students excited about reading first. In this previous post about reading, I’ve listed 10 tips that will encourage your students to read . I’ve come up with 5 more amazing tips! Here we go:
1. Use AR apps
Here are a few apps with amazing storylines and AR books.
- Wonderscope , for example, is an excellent storytelling tool. It uses augmented reality to transform ordinary places into real-time stories. Students also learn to read with the app. They ask questions to the characters in the story and listen to the characters’ answers.
- The Ghostkeeper’s journal and field guide : This book is an immersive adventure for readers aged 10 and up, offering several AR experiences to enhance the storyline. These are accessed via a mobile app “ Ghost-o-Matic ”.
- Bookful creates an engaging reading experience and brings stories and characters in books to life. The app holds the world’s largest 3D/AR library with hundreds of titles from leading publishers and brands such as: The Tale of Peter Rabbit, DK’s Encyclopedia, and children’s favorites such as Barbie, My Little Pony, Thomas & Friends, Transformers, and The Smurfs.
2. Escape lessons
Here are 3 fun ready-to-use escape lessons to spark your students’ joy of reading:
- A Halloween Murder : Let your students investigate the murder of the victim: Brat Spook. When they find the murderer, they get their “inspector” badge. Let them look for evidence in the murder scene, talk to suspects, analyze lab results, and so on!
- Finding Rudolph : Save Christmas by helping Santa find back Rudolph. Students go through different challenges, talk to eye-witnesses, and follow Rudolph through a winter maze, so Santa can deliver all the presents to the children.
- Easter Bunny Substitute : Can your students find a good Easter Bunny replacement? In the last breakout game for the classroom, the Easter Bunny is hurt, so your students need to interview the possible applicants and take tests to replace the Easter Bunny themselves. If they succeed in the challenges, they get an Easter Bunny substitute badge.
If you bring cultural elements into your lessons by telling a story, your students will be more eager to learn. Storytelling makes students want to “live the story”. And they do this by reading it. If your story is strong enough, your students will love learning and reading. They will even remember the lesson content better.
Here’s a fun & ready-to-use example: The life of William Shakespeare
4. First chapters
5. Books & sleepovers
You can even add different parts to your sleepover. For example, let students read their favorite passage in a book of choice out loud, and 1 hour before bedtime, all your students take their book and read in silence. Or how about creating cozy themed corners? Fantasy, science fiction, detectives,… When your students are reading in themed corners, they get the full experience. They can even dress up as a character in their book whilst reading.
15 Creative and digital book report lesson plans
Step 1: Get your students excited about reading. ✅ Step 2: make sure they don’t lose their interest when you’re announcing the book report assignment! ☑️ This part can be demotivating.
As the lower grade students often still get fun book report assignments, the higher grade students often get a dull worksheet where they have to describe the characters and give a summary. Change up your book report assignments with these creative, free & ready-to-use lesson ideas.
Take a look at all these ready-to-use and free digital book report activities. They’re all made with BookWidgets . You can even make exercises like these yourself in your own BookWidgets account.
Keep on reading to find out how to use these exercises in your lessons.
How did your students experience the book? Let them fill the glasses with drawings of the storyline/the book. The glasses represent the view of the students. Students can get really creative and use the toolbar at the bottom to draw and type.
You can ask your students to present their book report artworks to the other students as well. This way, your students can explain what’s on their drawing.
This interactive book report asks your students to create a timeline of the story. When did what happen, chronologically? The have to add the biggest events in the story to the timeline.
4. Comic book
In this book report exercise, your students have to write a comic book based upon the book they’ve just read. When they click on the “start” icon, they can choose fitting text balloons to go with their story.
Here are three other fun websites that let students create comic books: Storyboard That , Comic Life , and Toonytool . They already give you creative templates and drawings. This is a bit easier for students. This way, they don’t have to start from scratch.
5. Character portrait
6. Randomness task
Just… add a little spice. I’ve turned the ordinary book report task, where students have to describe characters, the setting, plot, etc., into an exciting one. Your students don’t know yet what they’ll have to describe. They spin the randomness wheel and their task appears. The fun thing about this one is that all of your students will write a different book report.
7. Book cover
Here, students get to be creative and invent their own book cover (front and back) of the book they just read. Or maybe just a cover for of a piece of text you’ve read out loud. They can use the whiteboard tools: pencil, type tool, switch colors, add images, etc.
8. Character family tree
This digital mind map exercise allows your students to add boxes with text and connect them to each other. This is perfect for a book report activity focusing on the characters in their book.
9. Facebook Profile
Modern days call for modern book report lesson ideas. Image the main character having a Facebook profile. What would be on it? That’s exactly what your students have to figure out here. Create a Facebook profile about the main character.
10. Book Collage
Here, students have to add 10 pictures or images that have to do with the book. They can do so by clicking on the photo icon and adding images into their collage.
11. Mirror selfie
In this creative book report, students have to dress up like the character in their book, including holding 3 attributes that refer to the personality of the main character. They have to take a picture or mirror selfie of themselves dressed up, and add that picture to the whiteboard. You can ask them to come forward and present their images and explain why they’ve chosen those specific attributes.
The fun thing about all of these exercises is that they work on smartphones as well. So in this case, students can just open the exercise on their smartphones, take a mirror selfie with their phones and add it to the mirror in the digital whiteboard exercise.
12. Email to the author
Your students have the chance to write a friendly email or letter to the author of the book they just read. Students have to share:
- their opinion;
- the character in the book they liked most, and why;
- their favorite part of the book and why;
- questions that they have about the book.
If you have an email address of the author, ask your students to submit their works to you, the teacher, first. After having given feedback on their letters, they can make some changes and send it over to the author.
If you have the author’s postal address, it’s much more fun to write a classic letter.
13. Conversation between characters
There is something called a “texting thumb” or a “smartphone pinky”. This shows that students like to send texts. A lot of them. So why not include it in your book report lesson plan? In this digital book report, students have to invent a conversation between two characters in their book.
14. Movie vs. Book
A lot of books have a movie version too. If your students choose a book that also has a movie, it’s interesting to let your students make a comparison. With this book report exercise, you’re also sure your students actually read the book instead of just watching the movie and write a summary of the movie and not the book.
15. Emoji summary
The last exercise is also one students can relate to. Nowadays, we use emojis after almost every sentence when we’re communicating with friends. Emojis also have a strong meaning and can be used to express feelings or say something without actually saying it.
The complete collection of book report lesson ideas in one assignment
All these book report exercises are so much fun and yet they don’t take up a lot of time. Perhaps they just ask your students to only describe a certain part about the book. Cue… the planner widget.
With this type of BookWidgets activity, you can combine several lessons into one. You can let your students take matters into their own hands and choose which book report activities they’d like to finish.
It’s actually pretty easy. Your students read the instructions in the instructions widget and then start adding at least three book report activities to their planner. They finish the activities, submit them to their teacher, check off their planner, and that’s it!
Above, you can find the 15 ready-to-use book report activities. You can use these lesson examples for free. Since they’re all made with BookWidgets, I’ve listed them in this BookWidgets group . Here’s what you need to do:
- Click on this link . It will immediately bring you to the group with all of the book report activities. If you don’t have a BookWidgets account yet, you’ll have to sign up first for free .
- Duplicate all the book report activities. Click on the settings wheel , select all widgets , click on the settings wheel again, choose duplicate selected widgets . Choose where you want to save the activities in your BookWidgets account.
- Go to your saved book report lessons. You can now click on the black dropdown arrow next to the ‘Show’ button of a particular exercise and select Edit . You can make some changes to this activity (if you want). If it’s perfect for you, click on Share in the upper right corner.
- Share this link with your students. When they click on it, they can fill it out. A lot of the book report examples above have been made with BookWidgets’ Whiteboard widget, in which students can use the tool menu at the bottom to switch tools (draw, type,…), and to switch colors. When done, they can submit the book reports to you by clicking on the envelope in the upper right corner.
- As a teacher, you go to “Grades & reporting” in BookWidgets to find your students’ answers.
Of course, now that you’ve got your own BookWidgets account, you can also create book report activities or other assignments yourself!
Attention! Once your free trial runs out, you’ll only be able to use the widgets you’ve already finished/shared with students. While your BookWidgets account will still work and you’ll still get your students’ results with the free BookWidgets version, you won’t be able to duplicate widgets nor create new widgets yourself anymore.
So that’s it! I hope these lesson ideas are useful for your classroom or at least give you lots of new ideas for your book report lessons! You can even create ones yourself!
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Fun book report ideas for fourth, fifth and sixth graders.
Book reports don’t need to be painfully boring. In fact, they can be a ton of fun, and with the right project, students will love the entire process of creating and sharing meaningful book projects. There are loads of great book report ideas out there just waiting to happen in your classroom!
Here are 10 book report ideas that kids will love:
1. cereal box book report.
These oh-so-cool reports were always the top-ranked project by my fifth graders. Students loved creating an original book report display using a covered cereal box and ready-made templates. The finished projects made a great classroom display, and students loved looking at their classmates’ creative reports. Read more about Cereal Box Book Reports HERE .
2. Paper Bag Book Report
This is a super simple idea that is quite fun for students. Provide each student with a lunch-sized paper bag. Tell them to think about 5 objects that relate to the main character of their book . The objects have to be small enough to fit into the bag . Send the bags home and have students place the 5 objects in the bag and bring them back to school. On the day they are due, have students take turns sharing the objects in their bags and explaining how they relate to the main character of the book. You can even make a great display with the bags, objects, and books to pique the interest of other students.
3. Character Day
Have students dress up as the main character of their book. Then, have each student take a turn standing in front of the class and telling their character’s story in first person point of view.
4. Book Report Lap Book
you need are two file folders, some cardstock or construction paper, scissors, glue, and the FREE book report template found here . The finished products are quite amazing, and your students will probably keep theirs forever! Check out my photo tutorial for making a lap book .
5. Book Scene Diorama
Have students construct a diorama of one of the main events of their book. They will make a 3-dimensional scene, including models of characters, the setting, and objects. A shoebox makes a great place to build a diorama. Require students to write a description of the scene.
6. Book Report Posters
This might be the easiest option of the book report ideas. Have students first sketch their posters on a sheet of notebook paper. Then, provide students with a large piece of poster paper or chart paper. Posters must identify main characters, setting, title, problem, and solution. Display finished posters in the classroom or on hallway walls.
7. Book Report Mobiles
Mobiles are easy to make, and it’s fun to watch students use their creativity in designing their own projects. A paper plate folded in half makes a great base/topper for mobiles. Have students write the title of the book on this paper plate semi circle and hang the mobile pieces from it. Provide students with construction paper, yarn, markers, paper hole punches, and any other materials they might need.
8. Book Report Mini Books
With just one piece of paper, your students can make a complete, creative book report!
In these clever book projects , students identify:
- Main Character
No tape, glue, or staples required! Photo directions are included in this download.
9. Design a Book Jacket
Show your students several examples of some outstanding book jackets. Point out the front with the title and illustration, the spine and its information, and the back with the book summary. Also show the two inside flaps with information about the author and a smaller summary. Provide them each with a larger piece of paper and have them design a jacket for the book they have just read.
10. Ready-to-Print Templates
Use NO PREP book report templates to save your sanity AND to keep things fun for your students. You could print out all 12 templates in this Book Report Templates Packet and let students choose the one they want to do each month! There is even a really nice digital option for Google classroom included!
Regardless of which of these book report ideas you choose, be sure to clearly outline the expectations before your students begin. It’s best if you can model a project to demonstrate the quality of work your students should strive for.
Keep it fun and engaging, and your students will be excited to invest their time in their projects!
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To recap, the 10 Book Report Project Ideas are:
- Cereal Box Book Report
- Paper Bag Book Report
- Character Day
- Book Report Lapbook
- Book Scene Diorama
- Book Report Posters
- Book Report Mobiles
- Design a Book Jacket
- Ready-to-Print Templates
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