Activities for children's book week

Updated April 17, 2017

Children's Book Week is the annual nationwide celebration of books and reading for youth. Educators and reading enthusiasts in a variety of learning environments have been celebrating Children's Book Week since 1919. There are a variety of fun and inspiring activities that can be carried out to celebrate Children's Book Week.


Have children create their own bookmarks. Having a custom bookmark can help get a child excited about reading and starting her next book, one of the primary goals of Children's Book Week. Hand out construction paper, markers and other available art supplies and have children cut out and decorate their own bookmark. For younger children, you can choose to cut the bookmarks out for them ahead of time. Then collect them and have them laminated for a more durable result. Punch a hole through the top of each bookmark and string a tassel through it for added authenticity.

Book Illustration

Have children illustrate a book that they are currently reading. This can be a book that you are reading as a group, or something that they are reading independently. For a group book, assign each child a scene or page to illustrate. Upon completion, compile all of the artwork into a book or hang them up to view them as a class. This will give kids a chance to be creative and think visually about what they have been reading. It can show them that reading is just as much about how you envision it as it is about the words on the page.

Group Story

Create a story as a group or class. Have one child start off the story with a sentence or two. Then have the next child build on it, adding to the story. Continue on until all children have had the chance to verbally contribute to the story. Then assign children to complete the story in written form, bringing it full circle. They can then each present their ending to the class. This will show children how varying imaginations can bring about a new ending each time. You can even choose to have them illustrate the ending as a part of their presentation.

Favourite Book

Have children complete a project on the subject of their favourite book. Instruct them to write a couple of paragraphs about it, or have them prepare a presentation. The information should detail aspects such as when they first read the book, what drew them to it, who the main characters are, what the plot is and what they liked most about the book. This gives children a chance to consider what they like about reading, and to share and inspire others with their favourite books.

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Lucy Clarke has been a freelance writer since 2007, generating creative content for the publications of each college she has attended. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual art from the University of Ottawa, a Bachelor of Fine Art in illustration and fashion design from the Ontario College of Art and Design and a creative writing diploma from George Brown College.