7 Book Report Alternatives to Get Kids Excited

Affiliate links may have been used in this post. To read our full disclaimer, click here.

FREE offers are often time-sensitive. Although they are FREE at the time of posting, please be sure to verify the offer is still free before claiming or purchasing it. (We are not responsible for price changes.) Thank you!

This is a guest post by by Katie Hornor from ParadisePraises.com.

When it comes to reading comprehension, written book reports are often the most common evaluation method. Depending on your child’s learning style, book reports can be one of the most dreaded assignments and one of the reasons many kids hate to read. If you want to create in your child a love of reading, consider these 7 alternative book report testing methods:
7 Book Report Alternatives to Keep Kids Excited

1. Interview the Author

Did your child really enjoy the book? Have your child sit down and write a letter to the author. Ask them to come up with five questions to ask the author about the book. For example, they might ask how the author came up with the storyline, if the main character is inspired by anyone, etc. Encourage them to really think about the story and the answers they’d like to know. Send the email, and then follow up with a thank you if they get an answer.

2. Write a Short Follow Up Story

Another fun way to test comprehension of the material is to ask your child to write a follow up story. What happened after the story ended? Where are the characters now or 10 years later? Ask your child how they decided what happened to each character and why they felt that way. Do the two stories tie together? Was your child able to comprehend the story enough to create a new story?

3. Show Off  Vocabulary Skills

Ask your child to list fifteen words that she feels define the book. And/or a list of new vocabulary words from the book. Have them explain why they picked those words and define the terms in relation to the book. For example, To Kill a Mockingbird might have words like racism, prejudice, pressure, fear, etc. The key is for your child to show comprehension of the material they read. Lists will be different based on each child. Check out Daily Skill Building: Vocabulary for an awesome, open & go vocabulary curriculum for elementary students. 

4. Make Recommendations to the Character

Kids will love this testing method. Ask your child to make recommendations to different characters in the book. For example, make a list of books the characters read and why? This will show that the child understands the characteristics of the character.

5. Map the Story’s Journey

Many books, such as Mandie by Lois Gladys Leppard, have journeys involved. Have the student create a map of the story setting showing the journeys the characters took at different points in the story.

6. Create a Promotion for the Book

Have the student pretend the book is going to be made into a motion picture. It’s their job to create the movie poster promotional materials. Let them design a poster using the best images and words to describe the book, and it’s message without giving it all away.

7. Create a Character’s Facebook Friend List

Last, but not least, ask them to create a list of friends a character would have on social media. Who does that character want to keep in touch with on a daily basis? Who would they be voxer-ing with, following on Instagram or messaging on Facebook?

Have you used any other alternative methods to the traditional written book report in your homeschool? Share your ideas here!


katie-hornerKatie Hornor has a master’s degree in Education, but that training is nothing compared to the experience of homeschooling five kids while living abroad! As a curriculum writer, author, and speaker, she’s all about thinking outside of the box and focusing on the praiseworthy in every circumstance. Visit her blog, and get her free Intentional Praise e-course at ParadisePraises.com.

We do have a FREE DIY Book Report Kit you can grab for your homeschool, if you’d like to have something with a bit of structure. Use this FREE DIY Book Report Kit with your elementary students and build good reading habits while teaching them the basics of book reports.


Includes four pages of graphic organizers, question prompts, illustration boxes, and more. Your new book reporters will love how easy this will make doing a book report. You may even find them WANTING to do a book report! How great would that be?

Would you like to claim this freebie for your homeschool?

Get Immediate Access!
Enter your email below for instant access to the FREE DIY Book Report Kit
Note: By entering your email address you will be confirmed as a subscriber or added as a new one. For questions about our email list, click this link: Is my email safe & will I get junk? This freebie is for our awesome subscribers only. If you do not want to be a Homeschool Giveaways Newsletter Subscriber, please do not claim our freebies. We love our subscribers and thank you for helping to support our site!

Written by Carrie


Carrie is the owner & operator of Homeschool Giveaways. She has been homeschooling for over a decade and has successfully graduated her first homeschooler. She has two girls and works side by side at home with her awesome husband. She has been saved by grace, fails daily, but continues to strive toward the prize of the high calling of being a daughter of the Most High God.

Similar Posts You Might Like:

Need An Affordable Approach to Learning?
Save time, money and stress with our award-winning online homeschool curriculum!

6-Week Spring Cleaning and Decluttering Challenge with Free Printables

Have you tried to take up a spring cleaning or decluttering challenge and just couldn’t seem to finish it? Perhaps you didn’t join at all because you were afraid you’d fail. Yet the cleaning and decluttering still need to happen, and looking at all the chaos can be so discouraging!If…

Free Online Class About Homeschool Joy for Moms!

At this time of year, it seems that, for homeschool moms, feelings of utter exhaustion and sheer overwhelm have reached epidemic proportions. But are we talking about the whys behind burnout? Are we talking about the hidden causes beyond a schedule that’s too full? There’s an amazing online video course called…

Motherhood and Anxiety

I think that most moms have a standard level of care and concern that they feel towards their children. It comes with the territory. Homeschool moms may very likely feel that they have a higher level of concern because so much of our children's success is tied directly to our…

25 Amazing DIY Gifts That People Will Actually Want

Okay, brace yourselves here. There's only 17 weekends until Christmas! Every year I think how nice it would be to make my Christmas gifts, but I always let time get away from me. Think about it...once Thanksgiving arrives, most of us will spend our time baking, planning, wrapping, traveling, and…

FREE Patriotic Printables

I have a friend who has decorated her home for the summer with a patriotic theme. She's picked up cute items here and there, but she has also framed several patriotic printables! They look great especially when placed in groups on the counter or entryway table. You can decorate your home…

15 Wood Floor Hacks

Many of us have wood flooring in our homes. It is practical and looks beautiful, but do we really know how to maintain it? If you have pets, your flooring has scratches on it, or it creaks, you may be apprehensive to dive in to fix it, but here are some helpful wood…

FREE Top 10 Charts Every Baker Needs to Pin

There is so much precision that goes into being a good baker. What happens if you change the shape and size of your cake pan? How would you convert that measurement if you need to double the recipe? What can I substitute if I'm out of that ingredient? Do I…

Free Printable Meal Planning Master List

Okay, mamas, let's get real here: most of us could use some help in planning meals. I can't tell you how many times a month that I'm asking myself at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, "Hmm...what should I make for dinner?" That is too late to be asking that question!…

4 Easy-to-Grow Culinary Herbs

I'm not a green thumb, but I can attest that it is so satisfying to grow your own herbs. If you plant these four herbs, you'll not only feel accomplished, you'll also have beautiful, fresh herbs to use in your kitchen!Click here to grow your own culinary herbs!

15 Prayers Every Christian Should Pray- FREE Prayer Cards

Take this 15 prayer challenge for all Christians looking to be stronger in their faith. It comes with free prayer cards as visuals to help you through it. Sometimes I go through some severely dry spells in my Christian walk, and it has nothing to do with God but everything…


Notebooking Pages Free Resources