How to Do Book Reports

Book reports should cover the main idea, major themes and symbolism in stories'.

When you read a book that you love, you want to tell others about it and encourage them to read the book as well. Teachers assign book reports to students of all ages book reports for this reason and others. Writing a book report shows that you not only read and enjoyed a specific book, but that you also understood the concepts and ideas in that book. To do a book report, you should follow a proper outline and format for the report.

Read the book slowly, and with concentration. Make notes as you write, focusing on individual characters, as well as major plot lines and developments in the book. If you decide to add quotes from the book, write those down and include the page number, to easily find the quotes later.

Create an introductory paragraph that describes the topics that you will discuss in your book report. The introductory paragraph should include the title of the book, the name of the writer and the reason why you read the book. You may want to include information on how many copies the book sold or when it was originally published.

Write a second paragraph that describes the main characters in the book. Focus this paragraph on the top characters in the book and what they’re like or what they do in the book. In the second paragraph, explain any minor characters that are still important to the story.

Make a new paragraph that describes the plot of the book. This may lead to additional paragraphs that explain specific moments or events that are integral to the plot.

Use the final paragraph as both a conclusion and a way to express your feelings about the book. Describe your initial impressions of the book, as well as how you feel about the book now. Explain whether you’re happy with the finished book or disappointed and what you would do to change it.

  • Always write a rough draft of your book report first and then make any necessary edits.
  • You can also ask someone else to read your book report and give suggestions on how to make it stronger.

Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.