A party themed around the idea of books can be fun and educational for kids and adults. There are a lot of fun things to do based on the idea of books.
Decorate for a Back to School Book Bash
It doesn’t take a lot of decorating to set up for a back to school book party. Your most important decoration and party favor will be books of all varieties. You can create a room to resemble a cozy reading nook using small book shelves, reading lamps, and beanbag chairs and pillows.
Provide a variety of books that meet all interests and reading levels. Books can be checked out at your local library or purchased for around a dollar each at your local second-hand store.
You may also want to add small tables and chairs or comfy over-sized chairs to your reading and book party area.
Snacks for a Back to School Book Bash
Keep snacks simple for your back to school party. Since you will have books involved you don’t want any greasy food that will ruin the books. Opt for light foods like fruit kabobs, pretzels, and unbuttered popcorn. Send candy home in a party bag, which should also include some type of book as a favor.
Party Mixer Game for Your Back to School Book Party
Use a variation of an old party mixer as guests arrive. Write down the names of characters from famous and popular books. Pin the name of a character on each guest as they enter. Guests may give each other clues to their secret identity. When a guest thinks they know who they are they should report to the host.
Once kids guess their identity correctly reward them with a bookmark to keep.
Family Feud Style Book Name Game
Create a list of authors and books with whom your guests will be familiar. Using the list, create a family feud style game in which party guests must guess characters, books, or authors based on your clues.
For example, you may ask the kids to name a book or story in which one or more of the main characters gets lost. Answers could include: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe and Hansel and Gretel.
This is a great game to play in teams, and the possibilities are only limited by your imagination (and knowledge of children’s books and stories).
Book and Character Charades for a Book Party
Play a game of charades in which party guests act out the name of a book or a famous character or scene. It is a good idea to create a “help’ sheet ahead of time for kids who have trouble thinking of a book or character to portray.
The person who guesses the charade correctly then becomes “It,” taking his or her turn acting out a charade.
Back to School – Book Party Trivia
Create a list of questions based on famous novels or your guests’ summer reading list. This is a great way to review important literary works with your guests and have fun doing it.
You can usually find lists of review questions and answers online.
Award points for correct answers and have a book as a prize for the winner.
Win, Lose, or Draw with the Classics
Create a list of classic books or stories with which your party guests should be familiar. Assign each of your Back to School Book Party guests a book or story. Allow them to draw clues on a dry erase board, while other guests try to determine the name of the book, character, or scene they are drawing.
Whoever guesses the classic tale correctly gets to take their turn.
Who to Invite to your Back to School Book Party
A back to school book party is a great mixer for a new classroom, so it is fun idea for teachers to get their new students interested in reading. It is also a great way to end the summer for any group of friends who go to school together or who are close in age range.
Don’t limit a book bash to kids. If you are in a book club or friends with people interested in literature, adjust the book party idea for adults and have a little literary fun.