Celebrate National Children's Book Week

Activities to Encourage Children to Enjoy New Books

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Since 1919, National Children's Book Week has been dedicated to encourage young readers to enjoy books. During this week, schools and libraries across the nation will celebrate this by participating in book-related events and activities. Get your students involved in this time-honored tradition by creating fun, educational activities.

Plan a Book Party

Invite a local author to your school. Arrange for parents to purchase a book by that author and bring it to get signed the day of the party.

Plan for refreshments and a book reading by the author.

Host a Book Exchange

A wonderful way to get more mileage out of your books is to organize a book exchange in your classroom. Have each student bring in a few used books to exchange with their classmates. A fun way to exchange the books is to make a game out of it. Have students sit in a circle and pass their books to the right until the music stops ( just like hot potato) then whichever book is in their hands when the music stops they get to keep. You can do this as many times as needed until all the books are exchanged.

Have a Book Cover Contest

Have students use poster board to create a book cover of their favorite book. Then display the posters in the hallway and have students vote on the best book cover. Place a jar next to the posters for a secret ballad vote.

Make a Class Book

Have each student bring in their favorite book and take a picture of them holding their book.

Then have them write a short paragraph about why it is their favorite book. Once completed, laminate and display in the book nook.

Dress it Up

During book week, take a vote to see which children's book is the class favorite. Then choose a day for the students to dress up like their favorite character in the book they choose.

In addition, the students can put on a play and act out the story, walk through the lunch room to show off their costumes or make a special appearance in the library.

Provide a Mystery Reader

Send home a "secret flyer" asking parents if they can come in the class and read their favorite story to the students. In the flyer, provide a section for the parent to fill out five clues about their child for the children to guess who the mystery reader is before they enter the class. Have parents choose clues from hardest to easiest. (Example: This person is a boy, this person has brown hair) As you read the clues have the students stand and the students that think you are talking about them remain standing until there is only one person left.

Have a Book-a-Thon

How many books can you read in one week? Starting the first day of book week, send home a login sheet for students to keep track of the books they read during that week. For every ten books they read, they can pick a prize from the prize box. Set aside time each day in class for the students that may not have a lot of time at home.

Provide a Book Buddy

A great way to motivate young readers is to pair them up with a "book buddy" from a different grade. Have students take turns reading aloud to one another.

Play Book Bingo

Brainstorm a bunch of book-related words with the students and write them on the board. Then have students choose nine of those words and write them on their bingo board. Use coins, candy or small trinkets as the markers. When a student gets bingo, they receive a new book!