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National Children's Book Week

Share Lesson Planning ChannelCelebrate the joy of reading during National Children's Book Week! To recognize this special observance, Education World offers ten lessons to spark students' curiosity about the wonderful world of books! Included: Activities that engage students in writing sequels to a classic story, "interviewing" people in biographies, completing surveys about their reading interests, participating in a poetry slam, and much more! :

In recognition of Children's Book Week, this week Education World offers ten lessons to "fuel" students' interest in books! Brief descriptions are provided for each lesson, and appropriate grade levels for each activity appear in parentheses. Click any headline below for a complete teaching resource!

Goldilocks: The Sequel
Students write a sequel to the classic story "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." (3-5, 6-8)

Poetry Slam!
Students create poems using words cut from newspapers, read the poems in the poetry slam format, and then compile the poems into a book. (3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Create a BIG Book
Students create a big picture book version of a favorite story or their own big ABC book. (Pre-K, K-2)

Students read books to raise money for the school library. (3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Best-Selling Books Bar Graph (Grades K-4)
Students fill in bar graphs to show ten of the best-selling children's books of all time. Work sheet provided. (K-2, 3-5)

Best-Selling Books Bar Graph (Grades 5-8)
Students fill in bar graphs to show ten of the best-selling children's books of all time. Work sheet provided. (3-5, 6-8)

Students' Favorite Reading Topics
Students complete surveys about their favorite reading topics to determine the kinds of books to purchase for the school library. (K-2, 3-5, 6-8)

Biography Chat
Students use the television talk-show format to conduct mock interviews with the subjects of biographies. (3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Testing... Testing...
Turn the tables! Students develop test questions for an assigned book. (3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Be sure to visits Education World's Book Week page and our special Reading archive page for more great teaching ideas.

Read More About It!

Are you searching for more great Children's Book Week ideas? Check out these articles from the Education World archives:

  • 25 Ideas to Motivate Young Readers

  • Celebrate Children's Book Week!

  • Lit to Fit: Literature Lessons for Every Grade

  • Taking the "Pain" out of Lesson Planning: Children's Book Resources on the Web

  • Meet the Authors: Peek Inside the World of Children's Book Writers


    Lois Lewis
    Education World®
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    Originally published 11/13/00
    Last updated 04/14/2008