Parts of a Book Activity

This parts of a book activity is a hands-on, multisensory learning activity for children. We loved adding a sensory motor component to learning the parts of a book while developing skills in visual motor and bilateral coordination areas of development.

Parts of a book activity

Big Sister is in first grade and one of the areas she had to learn in English Language Arts, is identifying parts of a book.  We practiced identifying parts of a book with our very own Parts of a Book-Scope!  

I love to create fun ways to practice testing areas and extend her homework a little with creative and playful learning.  

She worked on book part identification terms earlier in the year (but I’m just getting around to sharing this with you!) but it was so much fun, that Big Sister still talks about our Parts of a Book-Scope!

Parts of a book activity
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Parts of a Book Activity for Kids

Teaching kids parts of a book is part of English Language Arts in the primary school years. What makes this hands-on learning activity fun is that kids can get involved in the learning with motor skills.

Parts of a book include:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Illustrator
  • Spine
  • Cover/Jacket
  • Front cover/Back cover

Then, there are other parts, which are included inside the book:

  • Table of Contents
  • Title page
  • Index
  • Pictures/Illustrations
  • Diagrams
  • Glossary
  • Image descriptions
  • Graphs

Other parts of a book are included in the actual content of the book:

  • Characters
  • Events
  • Sequence
  • Setting

You can get as descriptive on these parts as you would like, depending on how detailed your parts of a book lesson plan is.

This activity is really so easy and a fun way to extend simple memorization of parts of a book.  I grabbed a few styrofoam cups and wrote the parts of the book with -scope on each one.  Cut out the bottom of the cups and you’ve got yourself parts-scopes.

parts of a book activity with telescopes made from cups
identify the title of a book in this parts of a book activity
I had Big Sister search and find the parts of the books, including Title, Author, Spine, as well as the parts within the book: Main Events, Characters, and Setting.


It was fun for her to read a book and as she found parts, she could use the event scopes to pinpoint the main parts.


One scope was all we used to locate the main parts of the outside of the books.


These Book Part-scopes were a huge hit in our house!
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