Book Report Writing Template
This is a guide only. It is not meant to write the report for you. It gives you a format or template for writing your own report.
The original draft was developed by a teacher friend of mine to use with her own students. I have made a few additional enhancements which I believe make the model more clear and complete.
A note of caution here. Your instructor may have another book report format that he/she prefers. So, make sure they approve of this format before using it.
The following book report format template is appropriate for students at the pre-college level who are required to write a report about a book they have read. For the type of book summaries applicable to college and university level (undergraduate and post-graduate), as well as for business and professional situations, you can check out the following book summary sample.
The second sentence should state the title of the book and the author's name.
The third sentence should tell how many pages the book has and the name of the publisher.
The fourth sentence can state basic bibliographic information about the book. Bibliographic information means not only the author and title but also what company published the book, what year it was published in and any other relevant information such as the edition and if the book has been translated, simplified or abridged. (see copyright page and the back of the title page.)
The next sentence should state the reason(s) you decided to read this book. Why did you choose this particular book? Typical reasons might be:
These reasons do not have to be complex. Most people choose the books they read because they like the author or somebody recommended it to them. If you chose the book because you like the author, then state why you like that author.
An optional sentence can be used if the cover (back cover) of the book gives you any additional information then add a sentence with that information.
The first sentence of this paragraph should state who the main character or characters of the book are, and why they are important. Refer to this person or these persons as the Main Character or Main Characters.
You will need at least a complex sentence for this, and probably more than one sentence.
You should compose at least one sentence for each of the other prominent or important characters in the book. State the name of each of the other important characters, and the key role that each one plays in the book
Most books have five or six prominent characters besides the main character, so simply listing each one and stating their role in the book will give you a good sized paragraph.
This is perhaps the hardest paragraph to write in five sentences or so. If you have to write a bit more don't worry. Here are the main points to cover:
Make sure you cover all of the major parts of the plot. You might have to go back through the book, chapter by chapter, and make a few notes.
Simply talk about what you liked or did not like about the book. Use this paragraph as your conclusion. It should summarize your overall impressions of the book and bring the report to a close.
Don't be afraid to give your own honest impressions of the book. After all, if you've read the book thoroughly, you are entitled to your own interpretation of it.
Typically, your book report should not exceed two double-spaced pages, and it should be somewhere between 600 and 800 words in length.