Karen’s BIG List of Book Projects

I love having my kids do book projects instead of just book reports.  Each week I let them choose their own book and their own project.  Fairly often they want help from me on deciding just what to do.  I started keeping a list of ideas so we’d have it handy when we needed some inspiration.

Big list of book projects

Karen’s BIG List of Book Projects

Snowmen at night book project

  • Pen a letter to a penpal, cousin, grandparent, parent, or friend about the book.
  • Pretend to be a character in the story and write a simulated letter as though you are them, writing to another character in the book.
  • Write a letter to the author.  Some authors will even grace you with a response.
  • Keep a learning log as you read.  Write down things that made you think along the way.
  • Write a journal entry.
  • Write a script based on the book.  If it’s long you could just choose one scene.
  • Write a newspaper article about an important event that occurred in the story.
Newspaper Writing Template
Newspaper Writing Template
  • Create a newsletter detailing events and exposees on characters.
  • Write a biography about your favorite character.
  • Create an advertisement about the book.
  • Write a book review.
  • Write a simple book report.  Include your opinion.
  • Create an alternate ending or a choose-your-own-adventure style story.
  • Make a character sketch about your favorite character.

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Character Wanted Poster
Character Wanted Poster
  • Make a character silhouette.  Draw the character’s silhouette on dark paper, cut it out, paste it to light paper, then fill the silhouette with statements and phrases describing the character.  Another option is to write around the outside edge of the silhouette instead of inside.
  • Write a comic strip based on the story or some of the characters.
  • Create a family tree of the characters.  Include sketches and information by each person.
  • Make an alphabet book.
  • Make a map of the setting.  It could be a flat map that you draw or a 3-D salt dough map.

Map book project

  • Create a mural inspired by the tale.
  • Make a poster about the book with boxes for setting, characters, plot, and theme.
  • Write and perform a skit based on a scene in the story.
  • Build something related to the story.

Bridges Book Project

  • Re-tell the story in your own words for an audience.
  • Make a topic can or box filled with labeled objects that describe the book.  Present it and tell how each object represents the story.
  • Conduct an interview.  This is especially useful for non-fiction topics if you can find someone experienced in your topic.
  • Make a work of art based on the book.

I aint gonna paint no more book-project

  • Give your book a grade.  Fill out a report card for it.
  • Write a poem about your book.  Acrostic poems, free verse, diamantes, haikus, cinquains, limericks, and clerihews are all fun formula poems you could try.

Igloo book project

  • Didn’t like the story?  Write an “If I Were in Charge of the World Poem” and tell about how it would’ve been different if you had written it.
  • Make character puppets.  You can even use them to put on a puppet show.
  • Create a roller box and have story details roll up as you present the story line.

Penny Lee and Her TV Book Project

  • Create character dolls or paper dolls based on the characters.
  • Tape a commercial for the book.
  • Sew a costume for one of the characters.  It could be sized to fit you or a doll you own.
  •  Make a meal based on the book and then discuss it while enjoying the meal.
  • Make an “All About” book, a non-fiction companion guide to a fictional book that tells about a subject in the book.
  • Create a lifeline or timeline about the main character.
  • Draw a life-size picture of a character.
  • Write and deliver a speech by the main character.
  • Build a model out of blocks or legos that goes along with your story.

Lego Castle Book Project

  • Write a prequel or sequel to the story.
  • Rewrite the story from another point of view.
  • Rewrite your own version of the story in a different setting.  If it happened on a farm, set the scene on a tropical island.  If it happened in the past, set it in the future.  If it happened in Canada, set it in Africa.
  • Graph the book in some way.  Think about using a cluster, venn diagram, chart, cause and effect chart, sequence chart, or problem/solution chart.
  • Make a quilt, either paper or cloth squares, about characters or events in the story.
  • Have a group discussion about the book.
  • Write a persuasive essay about one of the themes that you believe in.
  • Imagine you are the author of the book you just read.  You know it’s good.  Movie good.  Now write a letter to a producer convincing him of why your book would make a great movie.  Include the specifics of the storyline that make you think it would be a blockbuster hit, the location you’d like to shoot in, and the actors you think should play your characters.
  • Create a recipe based on the book.  The food may be part of the story, but if not, you can create something inspired by the story.  Write it on a recipe card and then prepare the recipe as well.

Muffin Man Book Project

  • Write a book review and send it in to your local newspaper or library.
  • Make a collage about your book.  Find clippings of pictures and words, anything you can that helps tell the story.
  • Make a quote log with your favorite quotes from the book in it.
  • Plan a party for the characters in your book.  Your party will be specific to the setting and characters.  What decorations would they have?  What food would they eat?  What games would they play?  Invite some friends and live it up at your party!
  • Create a board game that follows the story line of your book.  Include clear rules and all the pieces you need to play the game.
  • Create a facebook page about one of the characters.  You could create it on facebook, or just make an example facebook page on paper.
  • Make a setting box in a shoe box.

My rules for book projects:

  1. Kids should choose their own books (hopefully on their reading level)
  2. We usually decide on a book on Friday, select the project on Monday, then the project is due the following Friday (when it’s turned in, they choose their next book!)  The schedule itself isn’t important, but I like my kids to know what to expect.  It keeps them motivated to finish their books and also keeps them thinking about what their book project might be.
  3. We always present the projects in front of an audience (usually just our family, but there’s plenty of clapping and hoorays for the presenters!)
  4. Book projects should have correct spelling and grammar; Mom can help with editing for the final draft.
  5. Book projects should be fun! (that happens best when they get to choose what they do on their own).

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