The ULTIMATE Book Report

The ULTIMATE Book Report

While I should include this in the references page, I thought it was a bit long and should  have it’s own

(an-all- in one helper)


Book report cover

First be sure you have the protective cover the following are all good to use (but may also depend from school to teacher.)

 You can buy these     or have staples bind it for you or  bind-your-own-journal-or-book 

 Or my Book binding Pintrest board  Other ideas, (if it’s your choice)

use a file folder if it’s a mystery/crime novel

Make your own using cardstock.  you can either sew the pages together & glue them in or staple them together then glue the ‘signature’ to the cover. (great for a historic report)

use a 1/2″ – 1″ binder (you can always reuse it or keep all your reports in it, if it will be aloud.





Your name or  (any information the teach wants on that or include it as a cover page)

if you can draw, that’s great draw your own cover art but be sure it goes with what you wrote about about. It can be a day in history, a scene from the book, etc. Get crafty even!  search

Cover page

a cover page usually includes


Book title & author

book genre


Book report (title)

with your name

Class- Period, teachers name  (maybe the day)


maybe you can even use the information on here


The book Report

Use this information to write the report.

(everything to the dotted line is a must for every report)  There are specific type book sections like Non-fic, Fic, mystery) if need a time line? see the end)

Book Title_______________________________   Author________________________

Publisher _________________________ Illustrator/Photographer _________________

       Copyright date_________________                          Number of Pages __________

       Length of Time read        Start date _______         Finished________

Type of Literature (Genre):

  • Non-Fiction

[]Biography (autobio)  [] Sports    [] History    []How-to    []Informational/essay [] True story


  • Fiction  

[]Realistic Fiction [] Poetry  []Historical    []Fantasy []Sci-Fi  []Horror   [] Mystery/crime

[] Folk Tales/Mythology   []Romance   []Thriller []Action/Adventure   []Western     {}Other______


General           Overview of the Topic

In any report you should introduce the report and your book, describe the setting and time as well as the characterizations of the Antagonist and protagonist. Summarize the plot, and what conflicts internal or external in the plot, indicate the theme (what lesson was learned by the characters) of the story and the conclusion including whether or not you would recommend the book.


Does the Book have []Photos []illustrations  []Both    []charts


WHO- Main Characters   (& favorite)







When (story Dates) ______________________     ___________________________

Era– Bronze Age, Ming Dynasty, Renaissance World War 2 etc) _______________________________________

did the story take place___________________________________



Tone & Style  

Point of view First person or omniscient         


Did the beginning grab you? (as in chapters 1-5)


Favorite Part of book _____________________________________________________



Book Evaluation (Like-loved)   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10  


Would you recommend to a friend?   Yes       No             Please explain Why or Why not? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


NEW vocabulary 3-5 words from book &define (esp. use those you had to look up)




Topic _________________________________________

Summary of the Book – (Beginning middle & end)

5 Facts about the topic you found interesting


5-10 important or interesting pieces of information in SEQUENTIAL (or logical) order


Why (Person Place or thing) is of interest to you


Write down Page number & describe two illustrations/photos from the book

  1. Pages {   } Description___________________
  2. Pages {   } Description___________________


Show 3-5 Non-fictional text features in the book and explain how they helped to enhance your understanding.


You can make up slides consisting of Pictures and captions, graphs and diagrams.


What were the main plot points       

Main Conflict & Resolution

Story symbolism/message (lesson or central idea)


blurb explains story without giving much away (found on back of the book or in book jacket)


Character Names Description & personality traits
Main Character
Minor Character
Suspect #1
Suspect #2


Main Problem (mystery in the story)

Secondary problem (if any)

Important Events: #1.   Location & Approximate time of crime

What was the mystery at the heart of the story?


CLUES & Evidence Discovered by Suspects

What were some of the clues to help solve the mystery &

How was the mystery solved?

Were you surprised at the solution / who did it?

Red Herrings? (distractions for person trying to solve mystery)


Teachers (if this is for children in grade school you can use file folders have them include their name on the tab of the folder, on the outside cover a Case file #     Title & Author of book Decorations & illustrations. Outside back cover your ‘detective agency & a logo. Inside the left of folder should be the report, stapled or glued to the inside left cover. On the inside right folder staple or glue an ‘evidence bag’ with an artifact inside, (even if it is only drawn on a piece of paper)

Informational Book

Why did you select this book

What type of information is this book about?

What was the purpose of the Author writing this book.

Give 3-5 examples from the book to show you knowledge of the content


Choose 5 of the most exciting Interesting or exiting chapters or events in this book.

Describe event #1 (in detail)

I found this chapter or event interesting because


Did you find the book interesting?



Write some interesting facts you learned


Subject (name)-

Include image of person


  • Early Life  

Date & Place of Birth

Family Mother _______________ Father _________________&

Siblings ##___ & Names

Life events Early Life


  • Public Life Adult life

Important Events (note at least 2)



Death date/Place & cause

How people felt about person at time of death.


Personal information & Interesting Facts & Trivia



Date Page Number Important information Questions I have


  • In my Opinion

Why were they important

how is it the world different because the person lived?

The most interesting things about this person

3 adjectives that describe this person




These can be of use for any type of book, and best included at the end

Didn’t like           Like           Really Liked


List 5 (or more) new or interesting words from the book & their definitions


*Important Reference, sources & pages 

Bibliography – a listing of  books that was used as reference sources. (Usually printed as an appendix)

here’s a generator  (click under schools or for research)

here’s a template ,  bibliography card same   & page example (remember when quoting include the page number

Timelines are a good reference for yourself as an author as well as your audience. (best used for Biographies, History reports & mystery/crime novels ) You can make a ‘BOX’ line or a ‘string’ line timeline. (Here are a couple of examples of what I mean)

use them as an outline to help sort out information or you can also include it in the report and sometimes can be used just as a report!   They also help keep you and your audience on track. There may be times you can even use them for a review for movies or books.

There’s a few different types of timelines, it is also a good idea to include one of them

(the first 2 are generators) Horizontal 6 event ~*~ Vertical p to 9 events ~*~ Bubble Line ~*~   Vertical Line timeline ~*~ Display/Photo timeline ~*~ Graph Timeline ~  ok I think that’s all of them (as far as I can think of)  So pick one you like best (or maybe you can make a hybrid of 2 or 3.) Good luck


  How about a  sample for a  Flow-chart.jpg

Sample of Box line ~*~ Sample of a ‘String’ timeline

Box blank-timeline-template-word-567

Time Table

hourly timeline

 treetimeline tree




 ‘Game board’  or pathtimeline game path

Pathway or gameboard timeline

Contextcontext timeline

Informational Text features

Timeline of the Future

 just remember if you think of another way, use that being creative is the best way to get those A’s for Awesome!

Fun Book Report projects & reading resources for children

©Kim Marie Ostrowski 2013 (ZodiacImmortal)

(Disclaimer: Image from my print shop’s clipart gallery)

(also posted as the first post on this blog



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