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Promoting Book Week 2023 - Read, Grow Inspire!


Children's Book Week is back, and this year, we're diving headfirst into the captivating world of stories with the theme "Read, Grow, Inspire." Since 1945, the CBCA has been uniting children and books, igniting imaginations, and celebrating the magic of reading across Australia. Get ready to be enchanted by the power of words and illustrations as we journey through a week of wonder and discovery.

The special focus on quality children’s literature during Book Week culminates with the announcement of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year and related Awards on Friday 18th August. To see this year’s shortlist and find out how to get involved in the official celebrations, visit the CBCA website, Facebook and Twitter accounts and follow the hashtag #CBCA2023.

In this post, we’ve gathered a range of ideas for creating a buzz about Book Week in your school library. We hope you’ll find something to inspire you!

Ideas for promoting Book Week 2023

Start here: Inspiration from the creators themselves. 

There is a variety of Book Week merchandise available on the CBCA website. This year’s merchandise has been designed by featuring original artwork by the talented Matt Ottley

The Teachstarter blog has an extensive selection of lesson ideas, games, activities, and competitions with downloadable resources.  

If Pinterest is your thing, make sure to visit Teacher Librarian Madison’s collection of pins curated especially for Book Week 2023. You’re sure to find something of value – whether it’s craft or quotes; art or costumes to inspire reading curiosity.  

Activity Books for Book Week

If you’re looking for something in a hard-copy format, the Ipswich District Teacher-Librarian Network website has published themed activity books each Book Week since 2000. All are available to purchase from their website.  

Dress up and make-believe

Book Week is the perfect occasion to bring your favourite book characters to life – by becoming them for a day! With a little creativity (and perhaps a lot of daring), you can dress up and delight your students and help everyone find their celebratory spirit. Costume box have put together some ideas for Book Week costumes, which can be found in this blog. 

Library Displays

Still searching for clues to create the perfect themed library display? Madison’s Library Facebook group and Pinterest have some gorgeous examples based on picture books, comics, and literary genres such as fantasy or sci-fi.  

Indulge your curiosity with the school library collection

In addition to the excitement of book character dress-ups and other fun Book Week activities, Oliver v5 library software offers a range of possibilities for deeper exploration of the shortlisted titles and other books. Using Oliver v5, students can not only find their Book Week book by easily searching and locating items in the library collection but also engage more fully with each of the featured texts by writing and sharing book reviews.

In this great article, Book Week escape with Oliver, Sharon McGuinness from Thirroul Public School discusses how Oliver v5 can benefit both Teachers and Students with Book Week.

For schools using LearnPath, you can find a Book Week 2023 guide in the LearnPath Hub. This guide has been created for you to access, download, and modify to help you share the excitement with students. 

If you’ve got some great ideas for activities celebrating Book Week, we’d love to hear from you. Share with us via Twitter @SoftlinkEdu or, if you would like to share a guest blog detailing your celebrations, email communications@softlinkint.com.

Hear about schools using Softlink Solutions to create a more engaging library experience for students:

  • Coburg High School’s library has seen improved student engagement and increased borrowing as a result of Oliver v5’s streamlined functionality and engaging interface. Hear more in this video case study.
  • Adria Juros, Resource Centre Manager at Kardinia International College, shares about their year 7 orientation week program - how they introduce students to the library and help them to feel welcome and confident as they enter secondary school.

For more information, please see the CBCA Book Week page.