Fifty Free and Frugal Literature Lapbooks for Favorite Read Alouds

If you've been around the blog for a while, it's no secret that I love reading aloud to my kids. One of the questions I often hear about reading aloud is: "Should I read aloud to the kids for pleasure or as a 'teaching opportunity', something with an academic purpose?"

My answer is "Yes...and yes." Sometimes we read aloud a book just to read it for enjoyment. I read Anne of Green Gables with my younger girls this past year. We didn't "do" anything with the book. I didn't test them for comprehension or make them write a book report. Sometimes we had discussions that naturally came from reading. But we didn't do any formal learning.

However, I also occasionally read aloud and use the book we're reading for an academic purpose. I use it as a base for a unit study. Or I have the kids narrate after each section. Or they do some sort of writing in response to literature. Or I find a study guide that we work through as we read. We also love to do lapbooking with some of our read aloud books.

Free and frugal literature lapbooks for great read alouds


When I first heard of lapbooking, I wasn't at all sure what people were talking about. Then I realized that this was a way to take the hobby of scrapbooking and use it with an educational spin.

I realize that if you're younger than me- which isn't hard to accomplish, you may not have heard of scrapbooking. It's not extremely popular now like it was in the "olden days." There may still be some scrapbookers around, but it was highly popular back in the dark ages when we actually used 35mm film and had our pictures developed after taking them. We would take these and add stickers and writing and decorations to make beautiful pages.

In the same way lapbooking serves to create a scrapbook of sorts to provide a hands on way for kids to remember what they learn. You can see an example in this awesome tutorial post.

Lapbooking can be used in a variety of ways. Kids can create a lapbook to go along with a unit study. They can be used with nonfiction reading for kids to make a record of what they're learning. But I love literature lapbooks. Lapbooking along with a book we're reading aloud gives us the opportunity to discuss the book as well as to do some fun, hands-on activities that will help to increase comprehension of the book.

Some creative homeschool moms develop their own lapbooks, creating the mini books that will be used throughout the lapbook themselves. I like to start with printable pages that already are already created- probably by one of those awesome, creative homeschool moms. Thankfully, you can find lapbooking resources all over the internet. Some are free. Some are not. But if you want to get started lapbooking, you can use some of these pre-made lapbooks and get your feet wet.

I'm sharing some of the best places to find literature-based lapbooks- free or not- as well as links to lapbooks for fifty of my favorite read aloud books in today's post. Many- but not all- of these are free

Where to find literature lapbooks...

Homeschool Share is my favorite go to site for lapbooks. There are many, many literature based lapbooks that can be downloaded for free. The lapbooks are divided by age level.

A Journey Through Learning has literature lapbooks. Some of these are lapbooks that can be used with many different books. Some go along with specific books.

Hands of a Child is another favorite resource for lapbooks. There are many literature based lapbooks that correspond with favorite kids' books.

Currclick is another great place to find a variety of literature based lapbooks.

Confessions of a Homeschooler has quite a few literature based lapbooks. These aren't free, but the prices are very reasonable, and she offers some bundles of literature lapbooks as well.

Tina's Dynamic Homeschool Plus has some great free lapbooks. (Scroll down this page or search for a topic in the search bar at the top of the blog.)

Knowledge Box Central has some great lapbooks based on children's books. They also have some great nonfiction lapbooks, copywork books, and activity books as well.


Free and frugal literature lapbooks for great read alouds

Fifty Free and Frugal Literature Lapbooks...


Charlotte's Web lapbook from Life With the Family O

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe lapbook from Homeschool Share

Mr. Popper's Penguins lapbooks from Homeschool Share

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory lapbook from Confessions of a Homeschooler

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle from Homeschool Share

Complete set of Little House on the Prairie lapbooks from Marine Corps Nomads

The Great Kapok Tree from Homeschool Share

Madeline lapbook from Hands of a Child

Clown of God (Tomie de'Paola) lapbook from Homeschool Share

The Door in the Wall from 123Homeschool4Me

Stone Soup from Lapbook Lessons

Winnie the Pooh from Lapbook Lessons

Aesop's Fables from Homeschool Share

Caps for Sale from Homeschool Share

Frog and Toad are Friends from 123Homeschool4Me

Little Women from Confessions of a Homeschooler

Island of the Blue Dolphins from The Notebooking Nook

The Wind in the Willows from Confessions of a Homeschooler

Frindle from Teachers Pay Teachers

Stuart Little from Confessions of a Homeschooler

The Story of Ferdinand from Homeschool Share

American Girl: Meet Addy from Knowledge Box (They also have quite a few other American girl books)

The Boxcar Children from This Adventure Life

A Snowy Day from A Journey Through Learning

The Tale of Peter Rabbit from Homeschool Share

Stellaluna from Teachers Pay Teachers

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears from Hands of a Child

The Swiss Family Robinson from Confessions of a Homeschooler

The Courage of Sarah Noble from Homeschool Share

Sarah, Plain and Tall from CurrClick

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day from Teachers Pay Teachers

The Napping House from Homeschool Share

The Secret Garden from A Journey Through Learning

Night of the Moonjellies from Homeschool Share

Maniac Magee from Teachers Pay Teachers

Henry Huggins from Knowledge Box

Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess from Homeschool Share

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie from Homeschool Share

Are You My Mother from Homeschool Share

Strega Nona from Hands of a Child

Sign of the Beaver from Homeschool Share

The Polar Express from CurrClick

Kitten's First Full Moon from Hands of a Child

Make Way for Ducklings from Homeschool Share

How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the USA from Homeschool Share

My Side of the Mountain from Hands of a Child

Blueberry Sal from CurrClick

The Mouse and the Motorcycle from Homeschool Share

Leah's Pony from Homeschool Share

Cricket in Times Square from CurrClick


Do you have any favorite lapbook resources?


If you love literature unit studies, don't miss my free book with 31 unit studies for great kids' books.


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