Schools around Australia celebrate Book Week this year from 18th – 24th August, with displays, author talks, and a variety of activities around the theme of 'Find your Treasure'.
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, broadcast live from the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane on Friday 17 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 #CBCA2018.
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!
There is a variety of free downloadable images and Book Week merchandise available on the CBCA website. This year’s merchandise has been designed by Melbourne illustrator Anna Walker, whose whimsical imagery is inspired by tiny details in the world around her.
Anna’s books, which include Peggy, Mr Huff, and All Through the Year (text by Jane Godwin, illustrations by Anna Walker) all offer a richness of images that could provide a starting point for class activities that encourage children to look more closely and notice the small treasures hidden in their surroundings. At this link Anna shares some delightful insights into her own creative process, which could serve as a source of inspiration.
Another well-known figure in Australian children’s literature with plenty of ideas to share around Book Week is author Tristan Bancks. Tristan’s website includes a round-up of Top 10 Tips for Children’s Book Week that’s a veritable treasure trove of resources, links and activities.
The Teachstarter blog has an extensive selection of lesson ideas, games, activities and competitions with free downloadable resources, including a QR Code School to Library Scavenger Hunt with printable posters that looks like an amazingly fun and memorable way to really put your school library on the map during Book Week and beyond.
If Pinterest is your thing, make sure to visit Teacher Librarian Audrey Nay’s collection of Pins curated especially for Book Week 2018. You’re sure to find something of value – whether it’s craft or quotes; art or song lyrics. But be prepared to get completely lost in the treasure hunt!
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.
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, delight your students and help everyone find their celebratory spirit. Once again, the Teachstarter blog has an amazing collection of costume and makeup ideas, complete with photos of the finished creations modelled by actual teachers and librarians.
Still searching for clues to create the perfect themed library display? Madison’s Library blog has some marvellous examples based on picture books, comics, and literary genres such as fantasy and sci-fi.
And if you’re seeking even more inspiration to decorate your library space, browse the range of fantastic entries from Softlink’s 2017 School Library Display Competition. Here are some of our favourites:
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 treasure 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.