Book Week Activities 2020 – Upper Years Creature Feature!

Book Week Activities 2020 - Upper Years Creature Feature!

Written by Emma (Teach Starter)

It might feel as though you’ve been waiting for AGES for Book Week 2020 to come around. But, there’s good news folks! From Saturday, October 17th to Friday, October 23rd, your favourite week of the year is back! That means that you can have ALL the good times with exciting book week 2020 activities and resources. Celebrating books has never been more fun!

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The theme for Book Week 2020 is ‘Curious Creatures, Wild Minds’.

What a wonderful opportunity to stretch your students’ imaginations and see where their curiosity can take them!

Curious Creatures Wild Minds


We love Book Week as much as you do! And we’ve been eager little worker bees, creating fun and engaging NEW resources to help you celebrate this special week. In this blog, we feature some wonderful Book Week 2020 activities and resources, perfect for Upper Years’ classrooms. If you’re after some things for the Lower Years, keep an eye out for Holly’s blog Wild Book Week 2020 Ideas for Little Creatures, coming very soon!

Book Week Activities 2020

Curious Creatures Fun

Our designers enjoyed getting a little bit crazy with the Curious Creatures theme this year! And can you blame them for letting their imaginations run wild?

Your class will also love letting their imaginations run away with the Curious Creature Whole-Class Art Activity! The task is simple – give each student a piece of the curious creature, and allow them to pattern and colour in whatever way they see fit! Then, reassemble the finished product for a whole-class collaborative art piece.

Curious Creature - Whole Class Art Activity

We continue our new Book Week resources with the Curious Creature – Create a Book Cover Template. This template is perfect for exploring the features of a book cover with your students! Whether you’re recreating the book cover of a well-known book or encouraging your students to dream up their very own story, this activity will engage their minds and bring out their creativity.


Also featured in this cute little video is the lower-years version – Curious Creature Book Report Template.

Finally, help your students express themselves with the My Curious Mind activity. They’ll be learning about growth mindset with the most curious mind of all – Professor Stephen Hawking!

My Curious Mind

Wild Mind Displays for Book Week 2020

We know you’ve been waiting for some exciting displays to jazz up your classroom or library too! There really is nothing better than settling down with a good book in an area designed to celebrate reading and curiosity.

If your reading area is big or small, we’ve got something to suit your needs. Why not display our customisable Curious Creature – Letters and Numbers Bunting along with your curious creature book cover creations? Alternatively, we have an editable I’m a Curious Creature – Display Banner if that’s more your thing!

What do you wonder bunting

The Curious Creature Banner or Bunting pair wonderfully with our I’m a Curious Creature – Wonder Wall Display.

Use this display to help your students express their wild minds.

Maybe it’s about a topic that you’re covering in class. Perhaps, they are curious about something that you have read in the class novel. Whatever the case, your students will love to record their thoughts in their own thought bubbles! Or, why not make it a whole-class thought bubble?

Wonder Wall Display

Aren’t those decals just the cutest creatures you ever did see?!

Of course, no reading area is complete without a selection of our Curiosity and Imagination Bookmarks, and Book Week posters:

Don’t Forget Some Literacy Activities

Finally, you can’t let Book Week go by without covering some activities which help students celebrate reading and writing.

Our talented Teacher/Resource Creator, Stephanie Mulrooney, has penned a few different text activities to help your students explore their minds and some curious creatures…

The Curious Crusader – Story and Task Cards

This fun narrative follows the tale of Sam, a normal boy, whose life is about to become anything but normal when he meets the creature Spotticus. Complete the reading as a class, and then provide your students with the fun task cards!

Curious Crusader - Book Week Activities 2020

A Thinker Like Me – Read and Respond Worksheet

In this imaginative poem, your students will consolidate their reading comprehension skills by seeing how curious they can really be. The task cards for this resource can be found as part of the Year 6 Magazine – “What’s Buzzing?” (Issue 1) Task Cards. Alternatively, complete the worksheet while watching the A Thinker Like Me Animated Poem!

Book Week Activities 2020 - A Thinker Like Me

Roll to Create a Creature

If you haven’t seen our Roll to Create Games Teaching Resources then you have been missing out!

These fun, easy activities help your students to create unique characters and settings, all with a few rolls of the dice. With our Roll to Create a Creature Game, the opportunities for creative writing are endless! Why not create a creature and then write a descriptive paragraph?

Roll to Create a Creature

Alternatively, fill out a character map worksheet before planning a whole narrative! Or, if you’re looking for something a little more speedy, complete a Blank Comic Strip Template where your new creature is the main star!

Check out some fun writing resources which can be used well with our Roll to Create a Creature resource:

Enjoy letting your mind run wild and exploring your curiosity this Book Week!

Tag us @teachstarter on socials to share your curious creature creations.

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great idea but i’d love to see some of these recources be free next year because i am on the free plan but want some bookweek stuff.

Soph Allison · Oct 21st, 2020

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Paul (Teach Starter) · 5 days ago

GREAT idea

Heike Jordan-busch · Oct 18th, 2020

Hi there Heike. Thank you so much for your positive feedback! We love creating new Book Week resources each year to complement the theme. I hope you are able to use some of our new resources in your classroom!

Stephanie (Teach Starter) · Oct 19th, 2020

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