teaching resource

Book Tasting Placemat and Brochure Templates

  • Updated

    Updated:  13 Nov 2023

Expose your students to new books, authors and genres with this student-centred book tasting activity.

  • Editable

    Editable:  Google Slides

  • Non-Editable

    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  7 Pages

  • Curriculum
  • Years

    Years:  1 - 3

  • Differentiated

    Differentiated:  Yes

teaching resource

Book Tasting Placemat and Brochure Templates

  • Updated

    Updated:  13 Nov 2023

Expose your students to new books, authors and genres with this student-centred book tasting activity.

  • Editable

    Editable:  Google Slides

  • Non-Editable

    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  7 Pages

  • Curriculum
  • Years

    Years:  1 - 3

  • Differentiated

    Differentiated:  Yes

Expose your students to new books, authors and genres with this student-centred book tasting activity.

What Is a Book Tasting?

A book tasting is an activity intended to expose students to books, genres and authors that they might not otherwise explore themselves. It is designed to be a fun event in which students read a sample, record key details, then choose a title/s to read in full. More than anything, book tastings are designed to excite children about reading books!

Plan a Book Tasting During Book Week!

Book Week is the perfect time to run a book-tasting session in your classroom! This resource includes everything you need to know to set up your very own book tasting. Just follow these simple instructions!

  1. Decide on the goal for the tasting, as this will help when selecting books and will provide students with a focus while participating in the activity. Examples include exploring Book Week award nominees, exposing students to different genres, choosing a book for silent/independent reading.
  2. Select titles from the library. There will need to be enough titles for at least one for each student in the class.
  3. Depending on the teacher’s choice, students can either rotate between different tables, remain at each table sampling and swapping the books there for a designated time or remain at one table and choose a single book to explore. Explicitly teach and model how to sample a book – look at and read the front and back cover, the contents page, the illustrations, then read a few pages.
  4. Whichever option is chosen, students record key details and their opinions on the templates provided. 
  5. Students choose a title they want to read. Those that complete the pamphlet choose from the four books they sampled. Those that complete the placemat can choose from titles shared by their peers. 

The resource download includes two differentiated tasting templates – a placement and a brochure. Choose the best option to meet the needs of the learners in your class.

Download Now in Preparation for Book Week!

Use the dropdown menu to select between the editable Google Slides or the easy-print PDF versions of this resource.


This resource was created by Leeanne Blanckensee, a Teach Starter collaborator.

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