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How to write a Book Review

Helping your child to write a book review


  1. The first step when helping your child to write a book report is to make sure they've read and understood the book. Asking them questions to answer verbally before putting pencil to paper will help them clarify their thoughts on the book. If it’s a longer book, encourage them to make notes as they're reading.
  2. Use book review templates to use as a basis for the report. Prompt your child by asking questions about the book (‘What genre does this book fit into? Who would you recommend it to?’), or, for younger children, give them some sentence openers.
  3. You could also make a set of cards with useful words (mystery, adventure, exciting, funny, sad, scary etc) that they can use when writing reviews.
  4. Another good tip is to read other children’s book reviews on websites such as Reading Zone and Spaghetti Book Club to familiarise your child with the format of a book report, and help them consolidate their own opinions of the book.


A book review should include:

  • The book’s title and author

  • Comments on the book’s strengths and weaknesses

  • A brief summary of the plot that doesn’t give away too much

  • The reviewer’s personal response to the book with specific examples to support praise or criticism


Some extra ideas:

  • Does the book fit into a genre, like mystery or romance, and why?

  • When and where does the action in the book take place? Does the author do a good job of making you feel like you are there? How?

  • Are the main characters believable? Do you know anyone like them? Does the author adequately describe them?

  • What do you like or dislike about the author’s writing style? That is, do you like the way the author uses words?

  • Use concrete examples to back up your points, such as describing a scene that really moved you or using a couple of short quotes from the book.

  • Don’t forget to include your opinion of the book, whether you liked or disliked it.