Book Scavenger Hunt


I don’t know about you, but I hit a wall this week.

Somewhere between the predictable moments like the constant loading and unloading of the dishwasher.

And the unpredictable moments like the middle child falling from a tree, puncturing his cute little tummy on a sharp stick during a dang pandemic…

I hit a wall.

I’m just going to go out on a limb here and guess that your kids and your students are hitting a wall, too.

With a serious case of the blahs over here, we were in the market for a little change.

Thanks to a suggestion from a dear friend and literacy coach, Monique Alberts, we recently tried a new way to do reading time at home. We broke away from the monotony and found some much needed, joyful reading.

Looking for a fun and engaging activity that will keep your readers reading while they find their best reading spot? Look no further. Your readers must try a Book Scavenger Hunt.

How Did We Do Our Book Scavenger Hunt?

I simply took the books Molly was reading and placed them in cozy reading spots all over the house. I told her two important pieces of information to support her on her hunt:

  1. the number of books I hid
  2. that the books were hidden in comfortable places to read

With an “On your mark, get set, GO!” she was off and running to every comfy corner of our home.

I periodically checked on her, put some laundry away, played with the boys, and thirty minutes later she emerged with the biggest smile plastered across her face.

“Can we do that again tomorrow?”

I asked her to show me the place where she did her best reading. We walked hand-in-hand to her bedroom where she led me to her bed. Snuggled up together, surrounded by her corona-free, cotton-filled best friends, we wrapped up reading time with one more book.

Suddenly that wall we hit this week, came crumbling down.

Looking for more inspiration to break down those walls and build better at-home reading routines? Check out some of our most recent posts. We’ve got you covered.

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