Big-as-Life Book Report

Big-as-Life Book Report lesson plan

Library windows are just the place to share reviews of favorite books. Use Crayola® Washable Window Markers or Crayola Window Crayons to draw eye-catching book reports.

  • 1.

    Students choose a favorite book or one they recently read. Have students talk about it with a friend. Without giving away any surprising plot points, share details about characters, settings, and action. What was the most exciting part of the book?

  • 2.

    Use Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils to sketch a compelling scene that can be shared in a Big-as-Life Book Report. Place the book's title, author, and illustrator (if there is one) in the sketch as well. Include the student's name as the book reviewer.

  • 3.

    Use Crayola Washable Window Markers or Crayola Window Crayons to draw life-size or larger-than-life-size scenes on the inside of library windows. Refer to the sketches. You might draw outlines of shapes, figures, and block letters with marker tips. Fill in large areas of color with the sides of the tip. Make the book report as convincing as possible for other potential readers.

  • 4.

    Study the scenes drawn by other students. Which scenes are intriguing? What is it about those scenes that appeals to you? Discuss similar elements in the book scenes. Read something new!


  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or topic; summarize the text.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.


  • Collaborate with the school's librarian to host students' Big-as-Life Book Reports on library windows. Ask students to organize a rotation of students who will display their work monthly. Also ask students to provide a theme for each month, such as "March is Mystery Month." Student artwork will be accompanied by a written summary of their book, including the setting, main characters, sequence of events, exposition, conflict, climax, and resolution. This can also be done at a local public library.
  • With parental permission, assign a "Big-as-Life Book Report" as a homework assignment. Students express their artwork on a home window, providing parents with a written summary of their read to accompany the artwork. Parents use a teacher-made rubric to evaluate student artwork and writing.