Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Free Book Review Template for Kids

My oldest, who is currently in second grade, always has a lot to say about the books we read. If she wants to sit down to write a review, however, she tends to struggle with the organization of her thoughts. I searched around for a template for her to use to help her gather her thoughts, but I found that most of the templates were framed around book reviews for fiction. The templates typically helped guide kids to describe the parts of the story and characters, which wouldn't make sense with a non-fiction text. Also, as a scientist, we are also always "wondering" when we read. Wondering, questioning, imagining beyond the written text is how we come up with alternative endings,come up with questions to research, or talk about things we wish the author would have written or described in greater detail.

What do you do when you cannot find what you want? Create it. Here is the book review template I created for my daughter. I am including a link to a PDF version of this document for you to print, use, and share. I also made two formats: one with a blue background and a second with a white background to make it easier for copying.

What do you think? Do you have a favorite template to use for kid book reviews? Please share in the comments.


  1. This is fabulous, thank you for sharing :) Have pinned!

  2. I love it! Great layout. It looks really fun and engaging.

  3. I just told my two daughters that they were doing book reports this summer at Grandma's house. After the moaning stopped, they chose your template from several featured on a Google results page. They love the graphic novel design. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

    1. Hi Tanya, thank you so much for your comment. It makes me so happy to know that your daughters enjoy using the template! Hope you stop by again.

  4. This is good post Jenny,
    I found your blog when Googling.
    Please share more nice post like this

  5. Thank you! My 3rd graders love it! I did not find the pdf link for the one with a white background. Is it still available?

  6. Hi Susan, I hope you are doing well. Here is where you can find the one with the white background: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5FTn3VVm7XwRDBJSldBcldnN3c If you have trouble, just email me at jenny dot houlroyd at gmail dot com, and I will email it to you.

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  8. Thank you for sharing your Book Review Template.


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