In the primary libraries the arrival of Term 3 means one thing above all: Book Week.
Each year across Australia, the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) brings children and books together to celebrate CBCA Book Week. Book Week kicks off on the third Friday in August when the CBCA Book of the Year awards are announced. Each year the CBCA painstakingly analyse thousands of Australian books to create a longlist, which gets whittled down to a shortlist from which the Book of the Year is chosen. There are six categories in the awards, CBCA Book of the Year: Older Readers, CBCA Book of the Year: Younger Readers, CBCA Book of the Year: Early Childhood, CBCA Picture Book of the Year, Eve Pownall Award and the Crichton Award for New Illustrators.
This years Book Week celebration in the Junior School was bigger and better than ever. Our resident library staff, Miss Gratton and Mrs Weber, greatly enjoyed dressing up as different characters each day of the week, and the students were excited – and sometimes perplexed – when trying to guess who they were dressed up as. Throughout the week boys enjoyed workshops with author Juliette MacIver (K-4) and author/illustrator Donna Rawlins (5-6) along with various activities and challenges in the library and the ever exciting Book Fair. But all the fun had during the week paled in comparison to the joy of the Book Parade held on Friday morning.
We had every student and staff member in the Junior School dressed as a character from a much loved book or series. There were plenty of Superheros representing the 2019 theme of “Reading is my Secret Power”; a whole class of Oompa Loompas with a choreographed dance; lots of students visiting from Hogwarts; sporting legends; treehouses; the wardrobe portal to Narnia…the list goes on and on! Alongside the fun and frivolity of dress ups and parades, the main take-away from the week is that our students genuinely love books and reading and it is wonderful to see them celebrate this love so willingly.
Now, to start planning for Book Week 2020!