Get reading in Children's Book Week

Top lesson ideas to promote reading for pleasure among primary and secondary students ahead of Children's Book Week 2017

Nicola Davison & Sian Evans

Reading Books Used In Primary & Secondary Childrens Book Week

Celebrate top authors and illustrators by bringing books to life in your classroom

Children’s Book Week (18-25 August) exists to give teachers and librarians a chance to promote a love of books and reading through a variety of activities. This year, the theme is Escape to everywhere

So, why not join in with your class? We've got a range of hand-picked lesson ideas to not only improve key literacy skills, but also develop cultural awareness and a wider understanding of the world.

Whole school resources

What better way to kick-start the celebrations than with this engaging treasure hunt based on this year’s theme? Once your pupils have found a book to escape with, get them to send a postcard back to reality. On it, they can describe the time they've had with their favourite characters.

Celebrating books is as much about sharing them with others as it is about reading them. Ask students to write about their favourite books using these handy review templates for primaryupper primary and secondary classes. Similarly, this editable template is ideal for capturing pupils’ opinions in a display-worthy format.


Book review template

Book review template

I use this to encourage my children, my free readers, to read novels and report back on them. They retrieve sheet from me once finished a book and I read review once they have written it, to check. They are filed into a class wallet folder for all children to read. The class often use this indep...
Book review Mind Map

Book review Mind Map

This is a blank mind map worksheet for creating a book review. Prints on A4, best photocopied up to A3 size. Pupils fill in boxes with brief descriptions as prompted for story characters, draw and label the elements of the storyline, tick boxes to show the genre and their opinions in brief, fill in...
Laurane Rae


Use this flipbook organiser to scaffold the structure of a fiction Book Report. The prompts for each of the key elements of the Report will help students write effectively and keep on track. WHAT S INCLUDED: Six posters/anchor charts on a fiction book report and its key elements. Print,...

Primary resources

Ideal for guided reading, these versatile task cards suggest a range of activities that can be used before or after reading any fiction or non-fiction book. Or, why not develop learners’ skills further through reciprocal reading? These structured role cards help to support the comprehension of any text.

For something more traditional, try this fully resourced Dreamtime lesson, which ultimately gets students retelling the stories in their own words. Similarly, use these task cards to encourage your class making connections and think more deeply as they reflect upon the dreaming legends.


Guided Reading task cards

Guided Reading task cards

A set of tasks for non-fiction and fiction texts that can be used to follow up on a guided reading session or help prepare for the next one. I have these laminated in sets in my folders so I can easily set my groups doing different tasks. Topics also included; non-fiction.
Literature Circles

Literature Circles

Reciprocal reading. A brief teacher's guide. A set of role cards to be laminated and used within reading group. Suitable/adaptable for a range of abilities

Secondary resources

Complement the study of any novel with one of the activity suggestions in this comprehensive guide. Or, for something more specific, examine Louis Sachar’s Holes in detail with help from this resource pack, containing chapter-by-chapter comprehension questions.

Older learners may prefer these thought-provoking tasks on Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta, or this analytical introduction to John Marden’s Tomorrow, When the War Began, which uses de Bono’s thinking hats.


John Marsden The Rabbits Thinking Hats

John Marsden The Rabbits Thinking Hats

An analysis of 'The Rabbits' by John Marsden and Shaun Tan. The analysis uses the 6 thinking hats idea. It was used as an introductory activity to Marsden's "Tomorrow when the War Began."