Book Report Projects

Spice up your reading program by offering these alternatives to the traditional book report. Be sure that the student includes the book’s title and author’s name in the project.


1.      Panel Discussion Organize a pro and con panel with a chairperson. Debate an issue.

2.      Dramatization Dramatize an incident or the actions of an important character.

3.      Radio Announcements Broadcast an advertisement for the book.

4.      Telegram Condense the essence of the book into fifteen, fifty, or one hundred words.

5.      Cliffhanger Read aloud a portion, stopping at a strategic point.

6.      Costumes Design costumes from the period of the book.

7.      Stage Design a miniature stage setting for a portion of the story.

8.      Persuasive Speech Persuade the audience why they should (or should not) read the book.

9.      Sketch a Sequence Sketch action sequences. Consider use of photography.

10.   Letter Write a letter recommending the book to a friend.

11.   Character Dress Dress as a character and illustrate a section.

12.   Book Reviews Broadcast a review on the school public address system.

13.   Simplification Rewrite an incident for a primary grade.

14.   Pantomime Pantomime a character or scene. Have the class guess the book.

15.   Map Make a map of the country of fantasy land from the book.

16.   Decision Making Take a familiar story and, at midpoint, ask what would have happened if a
  character had made a different decision.

17.   Past to Present How would a book character from the past act in the present?

18.   Poetry Write an original poem based on one of the characters in the book.

19.   Comparison Compare one book with another of similar theme or by the same author.

20.   Crossword Puzzle Use clues about the setting, characters, and plot to make a puzzle.

21.   Current Events Choose a present-day situation that has been in the news. Give a
  character’s probable reaction to the event.

22.   Diary Write a few pages from a diary as if you were one of the characters.

23.   Scroll Create a scroll to illustrate your book.

24.   Call an Author Plan the questions and use a conference call set-up.

25.   Movie Tell why a book could (or could not) become a hit movie.

26.   Dinner Date Invite a character to dinner. Plan an appropriate meal.

27.   Cartoon Do a cartoon strip using the characters or a scene.

28.   Summarization Get the plot down to one succinct paragraph.

29.   Book Jacket Prepare a book jacket that illustrates the story.

30.   Sales Talk Sell the book to an audience of bookstore owners.

31.   Poetry After reading a book of poems, choose one to read to the class.

32.   Poetry Create a poem in the style of the poems in a collection.

33.   Poetry Create a poem to illustrate an important episode in the book.

34.   Best Friend Write to your best friend, telling why you did or did not like a book.

35.   Humorous Incident Write or tell about the most humorous incident.

36.   Interesting Character Describe a character, making him or her come alive.

37.   Exciting Happening Write or tell about the most exciting incident.

38.   Interesting Event Write or tell about the most interesting incident.

39.   Favorite Part Write or tell about your favorite part.

40.   Questions Have someone who has read the story try to stump you with questions.

41.   Facts Make a list of facts you learned from reading an informational book.

42.   Poster Make a poster using four different textures to add dimension.

43.   Role Playing Imagine you are a character from the book. Tell what you think of the author for
  putting you in the book and what you think of the other characters.

44.   Folktales Mix the characters of several familiar folktales and write a new story.

45.   Fairy Tales Read several fairy tales and list the common elements of the stories.

46.   Fairy Tales Read several fairy tales and create your own.

47.   Unpopular Position Choose a character and defend why his or her role should be different.
  Example: Rumplestiltskin should have gotten the queen’s son.

48.   Book at Home Tell what your home would be like if it belonged to a character.

49.   Special Words Think of ten special words to describe the book. Justify your choices.

50.   Literary Cartoons Collect cartoons that use literary allusions found in books.

51.   Author Become the author and tell why you wrote the book.

52.   Author, Author Research the author and report why he or she writes.

53.   Author’s Prerogative Tell how you would change the story if you were the author.

54.   Bulletin Board Make a bulletin board about the book.

55.   Biography Write a biography of a character.

56.   Interview Write an interview between a character in the book and the author.

57.   Interview Write an interview between you and the author.

58.   Interview Write an interview between two characters in the book.

59.   Author Appreciation Write a letter of appreciation to an author you admire.

60.   Biography Imagination Read a biography and write an imagined visit with the person.

61.   Reporter As a radio report, convince others to read the book.

62.   Movie Time Make a hand-rolled movie or video of your book.

63.   Movie Producing As a movie producer, convince your staff to produce the movie.

64.   Book Time As the book, explain what is in your pages.

65.   Sixty-Four Words Describe the main character in sixty-four words.

66.   Book Improvement Write the author about improvements to the story.

67.   Principal Convince your principal to read the book.

68.   President’s Address Tell the President of the United States of a lesson learned by a
  character that all Americans should know.

69.   Minor Character As a minor character, describe the main character.

70.   Television Report As a news reporter, give an on-the-scene news report about the book.

71.   Doll Clothes Dress a character doll as one of the book’s characters.

72.   Paper Dolls Create paper dolls of the main characters.

73.   Model Make a model of something in the story, such as a house, rocket ship, and the like.

74.   Mobile Make a mobile from drawings of people or objects from the bok.

75.   Cartoon Characters Draw cartoons of the characters.

76.   Cartoon Sequence Sequence the main points of the book with cartoons.

77.   Coat Hanger Draw a significant scene on construction paper and hang the scene on a coat
  hanger with paper loops.

78.   Collage Cut pictures from old magazines to show an idea or scene as a collage.

79.   Book Talk Tell or write what the book would say about itself if it could talk.

80.   Your Story Write your own story using the same title and theme of the book.

81.   Subject of Interest Make a case for how a certain book could be used in another subject.

82.   Neighbor Tell why you would like or not like a character as your neighbor.

83.   Friendship Tell why you would like or not like a character as your best friend.

84.   Recording Record part of the story with appropriate musical background.

85.   Limerick Write a limerick about the book.

86.   Haiku Write a haiku about the story, a main point, or a character.

87.   Postcard Create a postcard that describes your book.

88.   Sentences List the five most critical sentences from the book. Justify your choices.

89.   Greeting Card Create a greeting card using the theme, characters, or setting.

90.   Book Card Write a summary on a three- by five-inch card to add to a collection.

91.   Illustrations Illustrate a non-illustrated book.

92.   Poster Ad Create a poster that effectively advertises your book.

93.   Critical Reading Evaluate the quality of the plot, characterization, setting, or theme.

94.   Comparison Reading Compare this book to another by the author.

95.   Book Dedication Dedicate other books to the characters in a story. Justify your choices.

96.   Diorama Create a diorama based on the setting of the book.

97.   Song Write a song with lyrics that represent the book, characters, or setting.

98.   Surprise Put a key object in a box. Give clues. Have the class guess the object and book.

99.   Object Telling Summarize the story, using objects to illustrate the book.

     100.  Photography Photograph people, settings, events, etc., that illustrate your book.

     101.  Mural Create a mural to illustrate your book. Use a variety of art forms.

     102.  Movie Compare the movie version with the book.

     103.  Travelogue Use pictures, postcards, magazine ads to create a travelogue of a book.

     104.  Flannel Board Tell the story of the book through a flannel board.

     105.  Words Share unusual, difficult, or interesting words from the book.

     106.  Story Map Make a map that shows the main events of the book.

     107.  Time Line Make a time line of the book.

     108.  Book Review Share book reviews with younger classes.

     109.  Library Recommendation Recommend a book to the librarian for purchase.

     110.  Important Part Write or tell about the most important part.

     111.  Puppetry Make puppets of characters in the book. Do a short show.

     112.  Demonstrate Show something you learned.

     113.  Peep Show Make a peep box of an event or important scene.

     114.  Lost or Found Create a lost or found ad for an object or character.

     115.  Route Make a map of routes taken in the book.

     116.  Chalk Talk Give a chalk talk summary.

     117.  Experiment Do a scientific experiment associated with the book.

     118.  Seed Mosaic Make a seed mosaic to illustrate a setting or event.

     119.  Soap Carving Make a seed soap carving to illustrate a setting or event.

     120.  Clay Model Make a clay model to illustrate a setting or event.

     121.  Book Critic Criticize an unrealistic plot point. Justify your position.

     122.  Scrapbook Prepare a scrapbook that a character might make.

     123.  Video Prepare a video of a book.

     124.  Charades Develop a game of charades based on the book characters.

     125.  Cooking Prepare and serve food based on the book.