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How to Create a Novel Brochure Book Report

Free tutorial and printables for your homeschool or classroom to create an in-depth novel brochure book report on any novel

I get it.  Getting kids to write book reports can be difficult.  And oh, the ink and lead it can waste.  (I mean, don’t you want to save the pencils?)

There are lots of fun ways to change it up, though, and this one may just be so fun that your kiddos actually look forward to it.

I’m not making that up.

Instead of pushing your kids to write a 5-10 page paper about a book (especially if they’re not even in high school yet), make a project out of a Novel Brochure.  Projects are ever so much more fun than papers.  You can use them as an introduction to book reports or as a fun break from writing papers.

How to Make a Novel Brochure

Free tutorial and printables for your homeschool or classroom to create an in-depth novel brochure book report on any novel

What, exactly, is a novel brochure, KT?

Well, let me tell ya.

A novel brochure is put together like any ol’ brochure: It’s a tri-fold printout that provides details about a book that tells others what the book is about.  They’re super easy to create in Word, too.

The first page has a picture of the book with the title, author, and publication date.  The second page has a plot chart with the initiating event, the rising action, the climax, the falling action, and the resolution.  The third page describes the setting(s).  On the back, the fourth page describes the characters, the 5th relates the theme, and the sixth is an author bio.

It’s also a sneaky way to get your kids’ book report on without them realizing what they’re doing.

Make an outline

In order to do this up right, your kiddos should take notes on the book as they read.  One of the easiest ways to do this is to create an outline for the brochure to come.  That way, when your kids are finished with the book, they aren’t scrambling to remember the details.

The best way to keep track of things is making a heading for each page of the brochure and filling it out as you go.  In fact, I’ve worked up a free outline for you than can be used with any novel.  (And the good news is, there’s a brochure template you can print out, too!)

Free Novel Brochure Outline printable for helping kids create Novel Brochure Book Report projects

Novel Brochure Outline Printable

Make the novel brochure

Now they have their outline and they can use it to either create a brochure in Word or they can fill out a printed version.

To create a brochure in Word:

  • Open a new document
  • Go to Page Layout-Orientation and choose Landscape
  • Go to Page Layout-Columns and choose 3 Columns
  • Enter the information for each page in each column

Don’t worry, I got you.  Here’s a free template you can download for them to follow or you can print for them to fill out.  Either way, easy peasy.  And so cute and fun!

Free Novel Brochure Template printable for helping kids create Novel Brochure Book Report projects

Novel Brochure Template

And just like yesterday and the day before, these are no-strings printables.  Just click and download; you don’t have to subscribe.  (But I mean, go ahead and subscribe–there are tons of other printables in my subscriber freebies, and it’s the Only Way to get The Hobbit Activities for Learning.  And that stuff rocks.)

I bet your littles will like this tons better than writing a boring old book report.

And all manner of pencils will be saved.

Love wins,

KT

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.

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9 Comments

  1. I love, love, love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing it at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com!
    Tina
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  2. Thanks for sharing this resource with us at #overthemoon. Have a great week!
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  3. This is great – we haven’t done book reports yet. I think this is a great way to introduce that idea – thanks!

  4. Thanks for joining the What to Read hop! I’m not convinced book reports are necessary, I’m an avid reader and I always loathed reports. Also, I can not remember a single book I did a report on in school, and I know there were many. However, if I do end up requiring it of my kids, I’ll keep this bookmarked. I wish I had had a template when I had to do one!
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    • Right? I actually enjoyed writing book reports and found some of my all-time favorite books by picking what I thought would be interesting to write about. Then again, look at me–I grew up to write about books. So. haha But I do think these brochures are a very cool way to do a report without all the writing.

  5. I love this idea. I hate book reports lol We are using notebooking pages but this would be a great switch up!
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