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Create a BIG Book


Subject:Arts & Humanities
Grade:Pre-K, K-2

Brief Description
Students create a big picture book version of a favorite story or an ABC big book.



  • learn about big books.
  • create a big book version of a favorite story or an ABC book about a favorite topic.


big book, alphabet, letters, animals, literature, reading, library

Materials Needed

  • teacher-selected examples of big books
  • large sheets of construction paper, at least 12 inches by 18 inches (one per student)
  • teacher-selected alphabet blocks, cards, or chart
  • crayons
  • large tag board
  • hole punch
  • brads or other type of fasteners

Lesson Plan

Before the lesson:

  • If students are not familiar with big books, select a big book to show them.

The lesson:
  • Ask students to describe the size of the book. Tell students that big books are books that have large pictures and words. Read and discuss the book.
  • In this lesson, you will read aloud a favorite book and have your students turn it into a BIG book! You'll want to select a book that provides at least one page for each student. Before reading, copy the text from each page onto large sheets of construction paper. In class:
  • Read aloud the story you have selected to turn into a big book. After reading, share the big book of text-only pages that you have prepared. Read those pages one at a time; ask for students to volunteer to illustrate each page as you read it.
  • Walk around the classroom while students draw, guiding them to "fill the pages" with their illustrations. When students finish their illustrations, put them together to make a BIG book. Reread the story.

Optional activity:

  • ABC books are very popular with children. Share a few ABC books, then challenge children to create a BIG ABC book on a subject they choose, such as animals, places, or famous people. Students might have fun creating an ABC big book of things that are big! Before beginning the activity, the teacher might create a sample page illustrating how students should lay out their pages and "fill" them with illustrations. The teacher may want to create the pages for letters such as Q, X, and Z. Students can hand in their pages as they complete them. When it's time to compile the book, present the pages to students and challenge them to order the pages correctly from A to Z. Solicit suggestions for a title and picture for the cover of the book. Use the tag board for the cover of the book and fasten the pages together using brads or another type of fastener.


Observe students' participation. Evaluate students' completed pages.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Lois Lewis

National Standards

Language Arts:

Visual Arts:

Updated 10/01/2004