Love your library

Make library lessons fun, and inspire your students to keep reading for pleasure, with this engaging collection of book-based activities, challenges and lesson ideas

Tes Resources Team

School library for reading for pleasure

Promote reading for pleasure with these hand-picked library lessons and activity ideas

The next few weeks could be a great time to rediscover your school or class library and get your students to explore new books and authors. With its variety of genres and subject areas, a library is undoubtedly one of the finest resources for promoting reading for pleasure. We’ve brought together a collection of inspiring lesson and activity ideas to help both you and your students fall in love with books. 

Challenges and activities

Create a reading culture in your school
scottishbooktrust

Create a reading culture in your school

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These resources were written to support teachers with activity ideas during Book Week Scotland - they are a great way in to creating a school culture where everyone celebrates reading for pleasure. Whether you want to embed some quick but effective changes, or you want to hold a school-wide readi...
Middle School Summer Reading, Writing & Character Analysis Activity Pack
Lkat8

Middle School Summer Reading, Writing & Character Analysis Activity Pack

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This is just for you, middle school teachers! Summer reading, character analysis, and writing are made easy with this summer-themed activity kit! Everything you need to get started (or enhance your current activities) is included in this activity pack. INCLUDED IN PDF ZIP FILE: *Reading & Summ...
KS3 English Tutor Time Booklet (Reading Challenge)
English271217

KS3 English Tutor Time Booklet (Reading Challenge)

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A fantastic, popular and successful resource. Students encouraged to read 25 different books, and complete 25 different activities which demonstrate their understanding. Used in Tutor Time alongside Numeracy Ninjas - encourages enthusiasm for reading!

Lesson ideas

'Book Ninjas' Library Tasks
MissCResources

'Book Ninjas' Library Tasks

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30 engaging tasks for students to complete in the library. I created these little library challenge cards for my boys group who really engaged with them! The idea is that ninjas are silent and focused and a class in the library should be too. These vary in ability and challenge and be easily adapted...
Book review Mind Map
HJames4

Book review Mind Map

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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...
Library Challenge Cards
sh2810

Library Challenge Cards

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These Library Challenge cards were made for my class library, but they could be used in a school library as well. The idea was just to get the children excited about reading and properly engaged with the books, and they ve really enjoyed working through the activities an added bonus bein...
Dewey Decimal System Nonfiction Close Reading Activity
elementsofelementary

Dewey Decimal System Nonfiction Close Reading Activity

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This nonfiction close reading activity is designed to teach students about the Dewey Decimal system while encouraging reading comprehension with tasks and repeated reading. This passage, directions, and questions are designed for students to read repeatedly, read with a partner, read looking for inf...
Exploring fiction genres (library lesson)
HMBenglishresources1984

Exploring fiction genres (library lesson)

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This lesson is perfect for a lesson in a school library to get students to think about opening their minds to new genres. To prepare for the lesson you need 7 tables. Each table must include 4-7 books in the following genres: fantasy crime realistic historical fantasy action and adventure horror ...
summarising reading activity
klawrex

summarising reading activity

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Could be used in the library lessons, or while completing reading within texts within the classroom. This activity page has space where pupils can make notes on their book, an activity on summarising text, and the opportunity to select new words.
Book Review Worksheet
abteachingmaterials

Book Review Worksheet

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This is a double-sided A4 worksheet for reviewing a book. It prompts the student to identify the most important information and to provide opinions and ratings. It's great preparation for writing a summary or review and for class discussions, conversation practice, and presentations. U.S. and U.K. ...
Library Resource
K Pope

Library Resource

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This task is aimed at developing pupil confidence when exploring that vast amount of books available to them in schools libraries. This is a fun way to expand pupil knowledge of the books available to them, whilst encouraging a positive library etiquette.