Are you looking for creative ideas to help kids get more excited about reading?
Over the years we have found that kids enjoy and understand classic literature best when they can “bring their learning to life” through discussions and hands-on activities.
We have collected 40 fun FREE literature resources older kids will really FLIP (the pages) FOR!
Learning Activities for Classic Titles, Authors & Subjects
Hands-on learning activities are a great way to incorporate different learning styles and help children better understand setting, characters, themes, and more.
Alice in Wonderland – Celebrate with a Very Merry Unbirthday
Amos Fortune – Literature Project
Anne of Green Gables – Study Guide
Around the World in 80 Days – Book Study & Activities
Hope for the Flowers – A Unit Study on Faith and Butterflies
Island of the Blue Dolphin – Hands-on Learning Activities
Mary Poppins – Compare a Book and a Movie
Peter Pan – Learning Activities
Pinocchio – Make Your Own Marionettes
Pollyanna – Free eBook & Activities
Same Sun Here – A Novel in Letters: Ideas to Integrate Letter Writing in Your Curriculum
Swiss Family Robinson – Fun Family Activities
The Giver – Book Discussion & Colorless Activity
The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Simple Stained Glass Activity
The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Hands-on Learning Activities
The Phantom of the Opera – Unit Study/Resources Guide
The Secret Garden – Make a Terrarium
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle – Sailing related activities
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Rainbow Crafts
Treasure Island – Learn Pirate Lingo
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – eBook, Audio, and Resources
Hans Christian Andersen – Activities & Projects
Ernest Hemingway – A High School Literature Study
H.G. Wells – Science Fiction Classics & Resources
5 Days of “Riverside Literature Series” eBooks
Columbus – Historical Fiction Series – Song, activities, resources, and more.
Titanic – Historical Fiction Series – Book list, activities, vocabulary, timeline, and more.
It is helpful to have printable resources to capture and document learning.
Literary Guides – Book and Poetry Report Printables
Ideas for Starting Book Clubs
A great way to understand a book is to discuss it with family members and friends. Here are some easy-to-follow suggestions for starting a book club for your children.
Sites with FREE Audio Books
Some children prefer to listen to books. Many books in the public domain are available to download for free.
LibriVox – Free public domain audiobooks
Lit2Go – Free online collection of stories and poems in audiobook format
Sites Offering FREE Study Guides
Study guides can offer discussion questions, writing prompts, related readings and more.
The Best Notes – Notes about literary elements and chapter summaries
Planet Book Club – Novels in the Book Club include a synopsis, further reading & links, theme questions, etc.
Sites to Download Literature for FREE
Many books in the public domain are available for free. Kids can download books to computers and eReaders.
Project Gutenberg – Offers over 46,000 free eBooks
Bartleby.com – Reference, verse, fiction, and non-fiction.
And of course, don’t forget to visit your library to find a wide variety of books and resources for kids of ALL ages!