Free Book Scavenger Hunt Printable – Great For The Library

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Dive into a world of fun and learning with our book scavenger hunt printable. A fantastic activity that turns reading into an exciting adventure for kids!

This creative scavenger hunt is designed to help children explore a wide range of books. From stories about animals and magical tales of witches and wizards to adventures set in distant times and places.

This scavenger hunt printable is perfect for librarians who want to make library visits extra fun. Teachers looking to encourage a love of reading in their classroom, and homeschool parents seeking engaging educational activities. It transforms reading into a thrilling quest that kids will love, encouraging them to learn and explore in a fun way.

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Library scavenger hunt printable

The scavenger hunt includes a variety of book categories, ensuring that participants explore multiple sections of the library and discover books covering a range of topics and genres. Here’s a closer look at the books that need to be found:

  1. Animal on the Front Cover. Encourages children to find books related to animals, fostering a love for nature and wildlife stories.
  2. Christmas Book. Gets kids into the spirit of holidays and seasonal reads, introducing them to festive tales.
  3. Roald Dahl Book. Guides them toward classic children’s literature, exploring the imaginative worlds created by a beloved author.
  4. Turned into a Movie. Connects literature with cinema, encouraging kids to compare and contrast books with their movie adaptations.
  5. Autobiography. Introduces children to real-life stories and historical figures, expanding their knowledge and understanding of the world.
  6. A Book About Sports. Engages young athletes and sports fans, linking their interests to reading.
  7. Empty Bookshelf. A creative challenge that encourages kids to think about what books they would add to an empty shelf, fostering imagination and personal expression.
  8. Books About Pirates: Sets children off on swashbuckling adventures, delving into tales of treasure and high seas.
  9. Book About Friends: Highlights stories of friendship, teaching values of empathy, loyalty, and social skills.
  10. A Car on the Front Cover. Appeals to young readers fascinated by vehicles, steering them towards stories of adventure and travel.
  11. About Witches or Wizards: Opens the door to fantasy and magic, sparking creativity and a love for imaginative storytelling.
  12. Geography Book: Expands young minds with explorations of different places, cultures, and the physical world.
  13. A Book Set in the Past. Takes readers on a journey through history, enhancing their understanding of different eras and events.
  14. Self-Help Book: Offers age-appropriate insights into personal development, encouraging positive habits and self-care.
  15. Music Book. Connect children with the world of music, whether through stories of musicians, books on learning instruments, or tales where music plays a central role.
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How to play

This printable library scavenger hunt is free to print but is for personal and classroom use only. Scroll to the bottom of the page and add your email address to get the pdf file.

Our free printable library scavenger hunt is super versatile and can be used in many different ways to make reading a blast for kids:

  1. Librarians can set up a scavenger hunt to help kids explore the library and find books they might not usually pick up. It’s a fun way to get kids excited about reading.
  2. Teachers can use the scavenger hunt as a cool classroom activity. It encourages students to talk about the books they find and share their thoughts with classmates.
  3. Homeschool parents can make reading time more exciting by using the scavenger hunt as a daily or weekly challenge. It’s a fun way to add variety to learning.
  4. Families can do the scavenger hunt together, turning reading into a fun family activity where everyone can discover new books and share their favorites.

Printing your scavenger hunt list on cardstock makes it more durable and fun to use.

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Can I adapt the book hunt for older students?

As older kids often get left out of the fun, I wanted to give you some ideas on how to adapt this book hunt for older students.

They can still hunt for the books, but this time, tell them to find a book they have already read.

Then give a short summary of the books. This can either be a fun writing activity or a discussion.

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Get the kids to read one of the books and then write a book review on it.

Get the kids to read a book that has been turned into a movie and then write a comparison report.

Additional free book printables

To further support your reading adventures, we offer a collection of free book printables designed to complement the scavenger hunt:

  • A fun and interactive way to encourage diverse reading is our free book bingo game.
  • Tailored for young learners, this 3rd grade book report template helps third graders summarize and analyze their reading experiences. This helps with comprehension and critical thinking.
  • This reading log printable provides a structured way for kids to track their reading progress. Fostering a sense of accomplishment as they fill in each entry.
  • Keep the reading momentum going through the summer with this free printable summer reading log. Designed to motivate children to continue exploring books during their break.

These additional resources are crafted to enrich the reading experience. Offering varied and engaging ways for children to interact with books and literature.

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I highly recommend getting a storage clipboard and keeping all of our free scavenger hunts together and leaving them in the car! These make a perfect, and free, boredom buster!

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Tips for downloading the free files

Below you will see a large sign-up box where you need to add your name and email address, and press I NEED THIS NOW!

Within minutes you will be sent the free PDF directly to your email address, so you can print it out and start using it immediately.

Sometimes emails get a little wonky, so if you can’t see it, please check your spam folder where I am sure it is hiding.

Download the library scavenger hunt free printable

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

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Last Updated on 24 April 2024 by Clare


  1. i would really appriciate if you send me PDF file of this scavenger hunt. this will be really nice activity for word book day.

    1. Hi Soniya

      Please fill out your name and email address in the blue box just above the comments and the free pdf file will be sent immediately. I hope you and the kids have fun with it 🙂

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