Free Middle School Book Report Template (That is Simple)

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Are you looking for a book report template for upper elementary and middle school aged children?

We are super lucky as our son loves to read, he always has. But he really dislikes writing! He can talk for hours about the book he has recently read, so I thought, why don’t I encourage him? We have created this free book report template for you to use either in the classroom or in your homeschool.

Interestingly the boy who hates to write completely fills up (and often continues writing on the back!) his book report. I could not believe it, clearly, he just hates to write about things he isn’t interested in. This was such a turning point in our homeschool. We found something he loved doing and incorporated things he didn’t.

He now voluntarily chooses to write a book report after EVERY book he completes (and he reads a lot!).

These reports are then added to our homeschool portfolio to show the books he has read.

You are also going to love our free reading log printables that can be used along with this book report.

Free Book Report Template Printable

Book Report Template

Freddie reads a lot of books, yes I know we are lucky! If you are looking for books for 9 year old boys check out over 100 of his favorites. We have also created over 40 of his favorite books for 13 year old boys too now he is older.

I wanted to find a book report template we could use with any book, so I created this one. This works well for elementary and middle school-aged children. When we get to high school years we will create a more detailed report.

FreeBook Report Template Printable perfect for homeschool

The sections of the book report template are as follows:

  • Story Summary
  • The Main Characters
  • A Character you loved and why
  • A character you didn’t like and why
  • I like/dislike this book because
  • Where and when was the book set

Nothing too complicated, which is just what we like!

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Why Use a Book Report?

The reason we use book reports is mainly as it helps with reading comprehension, but it also sneaks in writing too!!

writing a book report

I need any excuse I can to encourage Freddie to write! When he completes the report, he has to use correct grammar, and his best handwriting. Now I only need him to try, he is a typical boy and his handwriting is well, hmm, not great! But as long as he tries that is perfect for me.

I know they use book reports in school, although I am sure that is just for them to know the child has actually read the book! In homeschool though, we use these book reports more of a record of books he has read. We add them into his portfolio (another good way to fill it up!!) We do a lot of online school work, so this is great!

Another printable we have created is book bingo which is a great FUN way to encourage children to read. We always give a small prize when they get to BINGO.

A number of our favorite books have been turned into movies, so after reading the book, it is a treat to watch the movie. After watching the movie he writes his books vs movies comparison report.

Free Printable Book Report Template

Make sure you choose the correct paper size and click on the shrink to fit button. All of our printables work better when printed on cardstock (this is the one we use and love.)

If you are looking for something slightly different I also liked this book report template from Etsy.

We hope you and the kids enjoy your free book report template. You can either print in color or in grayscale (we do to save on ink – wow it’s so expensive!!

Last Updated on 20 September 2022 by homeschoolof1

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