Project: Googly Eyes on Book Covers

March 30, 2020

Googly eyes make everything better. We have always had odd household items decorated with googly eyes. We have spice jars in the cupboard with googly eyes. Our Amazon Echo is adorned with googly eyes. The step-open garbage can in our kitchen has googly eyes on top of it. Even our Christmas tree has a set of giant googly eyes!

Not too long ago, we saw a post on Facebook about heavy metal album covers with google eyes added. Some of them were pretty funny. So of course our minds went straight to books adorned with googly eyes.

All you need is a bag of googly eyes (various sizes if possible), a stack of books, and a sense of humor. Look through your bookshelves and see what books you can find. Children’s books, young adult books, literary classics, horror novels, even text books could work. You can enhance existing eyes, or place eyes on objects that didn’t have any to begin with. Scary book covers will be less so, and funny book covers will be more so.


For this activity, we are simply suggesting you place the google eyes on a book laying flat and let the hilarity ensue. Laugh, snap a picture, take them off and find another book to enhance. No tape or glue required. (If you do choose to actually make the google eyes “semi-permanent” you may damage the book cover. Also, the books will no longer sit perfectly flat against each other on your bookshelf.)


We found a story about a public library who shared a funny picture to their Facebook page. The picture had a book cover that someone glued googly eyes to, along with a caption telling patrons to please refrain from attaching googly eyes to library books. Their humorous post received a ton of likes. Unfortunately for them it backfired when it prompted many more people to do just that. You can’t forbid someone to stick googly eyes on something and then expect them not to!

This project will be a great study break, or an activity to pass the time on a rainy day. So bust out the googly eyes, find some books and have fun! If you try this out and create a particularly hilarious book cover, snap a picture and share it on our Facebook thread of this post. #GooglyBooks

Emily Cook is the author and creator of the secular homeschool curriculum Build Your Library, a literature-based K-12 program infused with the teachings of Charlotte Mason. She writes full year lesson plans as well as shorter topical unit studies. Emily has been homeschooling her four children in Southern NH for 21 years. She is passionate about reading aloud to children of all ages and loves to share her love of literature with others. She and her family also makes incredibly dorky videos about homeschooling, books and more on Youtube at ARRRGH! Schooling. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. You can also check out her author page on Amazon.

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