Children’s Book Journal

If you incorporate reading children’s books into your Child Development classes, this Children’s Book Journal, shared by Anna Hall from Ohio, may be just the activity you’re looking for! This can be used in a variety of ways including bell-ringer activity, early finishers, in-class activity for shortened period days when there are assemblies or even as a sub-plan when you know you have to be absent! Check it out!

Anna’s Advice

  • In her semester course, she typically reads to her student twice a week. After the first few weeks, students take over reading aloud to the class.
  • Students complete the reflection in the digital notebook style journal after each book. For the reflections, students must include the author, whether it is fiction or non-fiction, as well as whether it is a pattern, repetition and/or rhyming book. Students must also look at the diversity of the book, briefly explain what children may learn from the story and whether they would recommend it to parents. In addition to all of the above, students must also add an image of the book because that is often a technology skill they haven’t been practicing (searching, copying, pasting). Anna finds that most students use the search photo feature in google slides but that is often not a photo of the book and this requires them to do a little extra work.
  • Reflections are discussed in a variety of ways. Sometimes as a group, sometimes as a table and sometimes with a partner.
  • Children’s books can be selected from the class library or students may bring in a book from home to read and share with the class.
  • Accordingly, if you teach a year long course, this assignment could be assigned each quarter or semester if you choose to extend it.


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