Read Across America Day Book Cover Collage Kid’s Art Activity


Are you looking for a fun-filled, family-friendly way to mark Read Across America Day? Help your littles to learn about literacy while getting artsy! This creative kids craft can help your child to celebrate a special day, build early literacy skills, improve fine motor abilities and engage in an imaginative art activity.

Arts and Crafts Materials You’ll Need

  • Large poster board paper in white or a light color
  • Markers, crayons or colored pencils
  • Construction paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Clear-drying school glue

How-To Art-Making Steps

  1. Choose a favorite storybook. Let your child browse your at-home book selection or visit the local library to find the just-right read.
  2. Read the book together. Ask your child questions about the characters, setting and story as you move through the pages.
  3. Create a book cover! Instead of copying the existing cover, invite your child to create their own design based on one of the characters or the story. Your child can draw the picture of their book cover onto the poster board paper with the markers, crayons or colored pencils.
  4. Add a collage. Help your child to cut or tear pieces of colorful construction paper or tissue into smaller shapes. Your child can glue these onto the poster board drawing, overlapping the edges to create a collage.
  5. Write the name of the book and the author at the top of the collaged cover. If your child can’t write the words on their own yet, you can draw each letter with a pencil first. Your child can trace over the letters with a bold marker or bright crayon.