Library Scavenger Hunt to Add Some Adventure to Your Library Trips

Do your kids love going to the library, but once there get a little bored? Grab this free library scavenger hunt and go on a real adventure next time you go to the library. Perfect to use at the public library or for teachers to use at the school library. 

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My kids love going to the library. They love scouring the bookshelves to find the perfect books to check out. There is something magical that happens when kids begin to explore the shelves at the library. 

Teaching kids how to explore the library is a must so they learn how to dive in and let their imaginations go wild inside a new book! That is why this library scavenger hunt is such a great option to help your kids develop a real love for the library. Learn how to use this library scavenger hunt below! 

This library scavenger hunt is a perfect indoor activity to do during the summer with the kids or on a rainy day. It is also the perfect back to school activity to do at the school library to get kids excited about exploring the shelves of the school library all year long. 

Have some cute flamingo bookmarks and some origami koala bookmark directions on hand so the kids can make cute bookmarks to mark their place in their books this year. 

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Why Use a Library Scavenger Hunt

There are so many reasons to use this library scavenger hunt PDF with your kids and students. 

  • Develops a love for books. 
  • Helps familiarize kids with the library and how to find books they love. 
  • Helps them develop problem solving skills. 
  • Works on critical thiking. 
  • Uses basic library skills (using computers, how books are organized or asking the librarian for help). 
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How to use our Library Scavenger Hunt

Our Library Scavenger Hunt is focused on elementary school-age children but can be used for older children as well preschool age kids.  

  • Before going into the library, review basic library rules with your kids:
    • Use a quiet, indoor voice. 
    • Use walking feet.
    • Hide and Seek is for the park, not the library. 
    • If you remove a book from the shelf, put it on the reshelving cart.
    • Be gentle with the books.
  • Print out the library scavenger hunt sleets. You will want one per child or per team. 
  • Hand out a pencil to each child so they can mark off each square that they find. 
  • Kids will then set off to see who finds the most books in the scavenger hunt within the time frame. For example, if they are looking for a book about a dog, they may spot DogMan and then mark it off the list. 
  • The student/ child that finds the most items on the library scavenger hunt wins. I always encourage all the kids to check out one of the books that they found to learn more about it. They may discover a new book series that they love this way. 


  • Bring clipboards from home to write on. Please do not use the books.
  • If your child is unable to read, remind them to look at the pictures on the book and use picture power. 
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Items on the Library Scavenger Hunt To Find

  • Book about bears
  • A biography 
  • Book about Christmas
  • Book about the United States
  • Book about Space
  • Book about Cats
  • Book about Superheros
  • Book about Sports
  • Book about Halloween
  • Book about Jokes / riddles
  • Book about Pirates
  • Book with a blue cover
  • Book about horses
  • Book about Geography
  • An autobiography 
  • Book about Farm animals
  • A fairy tale book
  • Book about a foreign language or written in a different language
  • Book with a red cover
  • Book about Science

Ready to play? Download today and get started exploring the library in no time! 

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How Do I Print A PDF?

You’ll need a program that supports PDFs. Adobe Acrobat is a great option. Open the program, click file, then print. Select your printer and the number of copies you want to print. Be sure you click double-sided if you want it to print on both sides. 

Can I Resell These?

You may not resell any printable found on our website or in our resource library. You may use them for class parties, at church, at home, or in the classroom. You may get these printed at an office supply store or copy center at your own expense.

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