Using the BOOK BLURB to Increase Focused Reading

Updated: Aug 21, 2020


Literacy Treasures Tip:  Blurb Work Strategy

Using the Book Blurb to Increase Focused Reading!

Using the BOOK BLURB is a quick and simple strategy that can increase focused reading engagement.

I know this sounds so simple but I have seen many readers not utilizing the book blurbs to select books and get to know a text before reading.

This strategy works for any age and reading level with books that include a book blurb on the back of the book or inside the front book jacket or cover.


Readers usually read a book jacket, book blurb on the back cover or read about it online to decide if they want to read the book, but do young readers really KNOW HOW to use the book blurb?

Blurb Work modeled by the teacher

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The BOOK BLURB is designed to give just enough information to tell what the story is about and hopefully persuade the reader to read the book.


The blurb also serves another purpose. The book blurb can be read for quick note-taking to get familiar with a text BEFORE actually reading it.

Students need strategies to use when selecting just right books for reading, as well as, strategies for prereading. Students need practice in how to get to know a text before reading.

Students must know how to prepare for reading a fiction book to stay focused on the main ideas and plot of the story by reading the blurb.

Readers can get to know the text and find out what to expect within the pages of the story because the blurb usually provides the reader with the following information:

  1. What is the setting?

  2. Who are the characters? What do we know about them?

  3. What is the possible problem?