Books, Books, Books

Books, Books, Books lesson plan

Build constant enthusiasm for reading with engaging books and original student stories.

  • 1.

    Engage students with books and text daily. Select children's books that connect with curriculum. Invite students to interact with the stories by asking question during the read and being cognizant of student engagement of the story line.

  • 2.

    Organize a visit to a local or school library. Ask the librarian to provide a tour and share with students how to apply for a library card to take out books.

  • 3.

    While at the library, have the librarian read a self-selected story to the class. Allow time for students to react and talk about the story.

  • 4.

    Upon returning to the classroom, share with students that they will be writers of original stories today! Students can work independently or in teams of two to create a story, Have adults available to assist with writing student ideas. Parent may be able to volunteer to help.

  • 5.

    Students use Crayola Washable Markers, crayons, and/or colored pencils to illustrate significant scenes from their stories.

  • 6.

    Provide a file folder for each student to use as a cover. Students write their book title and author/illustrator's name on the cover. Assist students with writing if needed. Students illustrate the front and back covers with pictures that encourage others to read their books.

  • 7.

    Staple student stories inside their covers.

  • 8.

    Organize an evening reading event. Invite parents and family members to attend. Students will share their stories with family members.

  • 9.

    Add student stories to the class library!


  • LA: Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
  • LA: Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
  • LA: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • LA: Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of books by a favorite author and express opinions about them).


  • Invite a local writer of children's books to visit with the class and share some of his work. If children have any of the author's books, have them bring the books for the author to sign.
  • Invite a local artist that works with children's illustrations to visit with the class and share some of his work.
  • Provide class time for student to engage with each other's stories. If possible, have students act out their interpretation of stories. Use recycled materials to assist students with creating original costumes for the experience.