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Everybody does book reports, so even teachers can get tired of the "same old, same old." Here are some ideas and resources you might bring to your teacher or use to "spice up" a book report you're doing. Remember, though, you should always check with your teacher before doing something "different!"

Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature
First, of course, you've got to find a book. Here is a great site all about children's books that have won prizes.

Want to create a really cool extra-credit project based on the book you're reading? Use Word Builder to create your own word-search puzzle using words that are important in the book!

Want to "draw a picture" to show how the characters in a book are the same or different? Try using one of our Venn Diagram templates (2-Circle Venn Diagram, 3-Circle Venn Diagram.) You know what they say: "A picture is worth a thousand words!"

Here are three more ideas for "super" book reports:

Reporting "Live" from the Scene
Write a script presenting one of the major events in a book as a real event. Create a background for a "Live at 5" news report by making a bulletin board of items relevant to the book. Do this "live" in class or, if you can, use a video camera.

Mapping a Book
Create a map highlighting places described in the story. Many of the map's features should be based on information provided by the book. The map might show the immediate neighborhood or community in which the book takes place; if the author offers enough description of the home or another place as the central setting for the book, then your map might detail that place. In most cases, you'll have to make some guesses. Write a "guide" to the map to complete the project and explain how you came up with the things on the map that aren't directly from the book.

Create a Comic Book
Turn the book you're reporting on, or part of it, into a comic book, complete with comic-style illustrations, narration, thought bubbles, and word balloons.

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