Class books are some of the most engaging books for young children. Here are some ideas to help you add some to your class library. They are sure to be a favorite that your kids will read again and again.
What is a Class Book?
Class books are unique books that you create for your kids. Usually, they include a page created by or featuring every student in your class. Class books can also be easily adapted for home use by including pages for each family member.
Why Should You Use Class Books?
I already mentioned that class books are some of the most engaging books for preschoolers. A book that features them?!?!…How could they NOT love that? When they are part of a book, kids will have a sense of pride and ownership.
Class books can be used to help create a classroom community. This is particularly helpful at the beginning of the school year. Use a book featuring all of your kids to introduce your kids to each other and help them remember everyone’s names. They are even engaging in distance learning classrooms.
When kids find high-interest books that they like to read again and again they learn the basic concepts of print. They begin to see that print has meaning, that books have a front, back, top & bottom, and they begin to become aware of words and letters on the pages.
Don’t limit yourself to teaching literacy skills with class books. You can use them to teach counting, shapes, colors, texture, vocabulary, etc.
How to Create a Class Book
You don’t have to be creative to make a class book. I’ll show you many examples below to give you some ideas. Many only require some photos and construction paper.
If you are feeling short of time or creativity, you can also purchase a printable template to help you along.
There are many different ways to assemble and bind your books.
- Punch holes in each page and assemble them in a 3 ring binder
- Use binding rings or ribbon to hold those hole-punched pages together.
- Bind them with a comb or spiral binding. If you don’t have a binding machine, a copy shop can do this for you.
Use Class Books at Home
If you homeschool, don’t feel like you have to miss out on the class book fun. You can totally make a book featuring your family and friends instead of classmates.
Class Book Ideas
Okay…now for the fun part. Here are a bunch of class book ideas for you. Some of these ideas are from Early Learning Ideas, but I have also linked them to ideas from others.
Children Children, Who Do You See?
This Children, Children book from my store is a take on the classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear children’s book is a great way to introduce kids to each other at the beginning of the school year.
ABC Lift the Flap Books
Teach the letters of the alphabet and beginning sounds with this fun lift the flap book. This is also a GREAT book to use at home. You can make pages for Mom, Dad, Grandma…..etc.
Help kids share their families with the whole class. You can get a free Family Theme Printable to help you make a family class book.
School Shoes Book
Make this school shoe book inspired by Pete the Cat by Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes.
How Many Apples on Top
Use this free printable apple book template to make an apple-theme counting book to go along with Dr. Seuess’ How Many Apples on Top.
Rhyming Name Book
These rhyming name books are a fun twist on the Willoughby, Wallaby song by Raphie. Kids love that the books feature their names and pictures of animals sitting on their heads.
Who’s at the Top of the Coconut Tree
This version of a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom class book by Kindergarten Works features your children’s photos and all the letters of the alphabet.
Tactile Alphabet Book
Each child can create a letter collage page to create an alphabet book for your class.
Here is a great color book idea by Things to Share and Remember. Each child can make a different page and you can assemble a book with all the colors.
Kids can practice counting and work on fine motor skills as they each create a page for a number book.
Silly Sally Book
I love all the silliness of Silly Sally. Here is a template from my store to help you create your own version of the book.
Additional Class Book Ideas
- If I were an Old Lady, I would Swallow…. by Mrs. Williamsons Kinders
- Class Routines by Kindergarten Nana
- Environmental Print Book – Kids can help gather labels and logos to add to alphabet cards
- Sensory Books – Make a book of softness. Each can add something to a page that is soft. You can also make rough, smooth, bumpy books too.
- Take pictures of the school and create kids can go on a tour as they look at the book
- Make a neighborhood book highlighting everyone’s favorite places.
- Document a field trip
- Take pictures of kids as they demonstrate how to wash their hands, walk in a line, or go on a fire drill.
- Compile your kids’ artwork into a book. Here is a 10 Dots book idea from Rainbows Within Reach
Purchase Class Book Templates from the Store
The following class book templates are available in my store. Click on the images below to purchase the printables today.