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By the Book:
Activities for Children's Book Week

An anonymous quote says, "A book is like a garden carried in the pocket." But getting kids to crack open books is often no walk in the park! During this year's observance of Children's Book Week, share the wonder and magic of books in your classroom with help from a few great literary lessons. Included: Five language arts lessons you'll want to "bookmark"!

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Each May, the Children's Book Council (CBC) celebrates Children's Book Week. The CBC Web site offers many resources, including a History of Book Week and ideas for celebrating Book Week.

Are you looking for a way to motivate your students to read without throwing the book at them? The following lessons are sure to empty your bookcase and leave your bookends happily standing alone!


This week, Education World provides five lessons about books. Click on each of the five lesson headlines below for a complete teaching resource. (Appropriate grade levels for each lesson appear in parentheses.)

Judging a Book by Its Cover
Lend a hand to the library! Recover damaged books during Book Week! (Grades K-Advanced)

Kudos by Kiddos
Celebrate Book Week by having students design new "medals" for children's books! (Grades 3-Advanced)

Tales With a Twist
Create news stories that share a familiar fairy tale from a new perspective! (Grades 3-8)

Cat in the Hat
Recreate the Cat in the Hat's unique chapeau with tasty treats! (Grades PreK-5)

Make a Book Into a Movie
Choose the cast for a movie based on a short story or novel! (Grades 9-Advanced)


Book Week Lesson Plans
For dozens of fun ideas for celebrating books and improving reading, be sure to see this Education World archive page.