Last year, I brought up this idea of children writing a book review, during our termly meetings to discuss and plan the activities in the learning centres. We did it this with the K2 classes and I’m not sure about the other teachers’, but I absolutely love both the process and outcome of the book review.
So they picked the storybook they liked and of course, they had read it at least once. However (and this is the special part), the children only reviewed the book verbally to each other and to me. I sat with them and they explained the whole story. Next step was to write a part of the story that they liked most and completing it with their illustrations. Displaying their reviews on the wall left the children beaming and proud.
This activity was done in the Literacy Centre. So anytime the children get bored of just reading the books, get them to do a review!