Book Week 2018 – Activity Ideas
Are you ready to Find Your Treasure? Book Week is the perfect time for engaging people with their library. And this year’s theme offers plenty of ideas for activities.
No surprise that a treasure hunt will head this list. But there are plenty of treasure hunts to choose from.
Book Week 2018 – Display Ideas
The theme for Book Week 2018 is Find Your Treasure.
The theme offers plenty of inspiration for displays: literary treasures, pirates, Treasure Island, under the sea and treasure hunts.
The official artwork for Book Week 2018 has been released. Created by the talented Anna Walker, these gorgeous images are the perfect inspiration for a display. As well as free email signatures and social media banners, a range of merchandise is available to purchase.
The beautiful setting of children and animals high up in the treetops is stunning. Our library plans to recreate this scene by turning the library circulation desk into a giant tree. Check out this post for more details.
Under the Sea Display
Looking for sunken treasure? Well, under the sea you go. I have always wanted to hang waves of blue fabric from the ceiling of the library, and this seems like the perfect opportunity. Coral made from pool noodles, seaweed made from plastic table cloths, and a range of sea creatures made by the students in the makerspace. And every library needs their own mermaid. Check out this under the sea party decor from Press Print Party.
Book Week 2018
The theme for Book Week 2018 has been announced – Find Your Treasure
Book Week 2018 will run from the 17 to the 24 of August 2018. The official artwork and merchandise will be created by author and illustrator Anna Walker, creator of Florette and Mr Huff.
When responding to and drawing inspiration from the theme, I’m sure I won’t be alone in thinking….. PIRATES!!!!!
But this theme offers so many other possible links. We certainly treasure books and reading. What else do we treasure? Authors. Illustrators. Readers. Libraries. Publishers. Librarians. Teachers.
Treasure can be found in many places. Beneath the sea, under the ground, in treasure hunts, archaeological digs, dragon hordes and memories. Mem Fox’s timeless story of Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge and the simple treasures of fond memories springs to mind.
Anna Walker’s stunning artwork for this year’s theme highlights the adventure one might encounter in the search for treasure, high in the treetops. The full range of merchandise can be found on the CBCA website.
What is your inspiration for the 2018 Book Week theme?
Need some ideas for Book Week 2018?
You can also check out my Pinterest board, Library – Book Week, which I will be updating to reflect the 2018 theme.
Book Week 2017 Escape to Everywhere Display and Bunting
This display is a work in progress. So far, I have added the wording, bunting, a tree made from book leaves, vines and a lighthouse. There are some key words in the clouds (escape, explore, adventure, freedom, retreat) and giant flowers, which our students made in the makerspace under the guidance of one of our very clever librarians. The inspiration for this display comes from a combination of the image from the Alice in Wonderland movie posters and the Pinkalicious books by Victoria Kann.
Book Week 2017 – Competition Ideas
Book Week is the perfect time to encourage readers to engage with libraries. I have found that running competitions is a great way to connect with students. Here are a few competitions ideas that can also be used to tie in with this year’s theme, Escape To Everywhere.
CBCA Shortlist Winner Guessing Competition
Who will win Book of the Year? The CBCA Shortlist can be found on their website. Every year during Book Week, our library displays the Short-listed books and encourages students to guess which book will win in each category. I simply added a picture of each cover into a Word document to create an entry form. Students circle the book they think will win. Alternatively, you could create a point-counting systems with stickers or counters.
Bookmark Design Competition
Students are encouraged to design a bookmark that ties into the Book Week theme. The winning designs are then reproduced and shared with other readers.
A literary scavenger hunt. Ten clues are compiled that relate to the Book Week theme, book quote posters and current library displays. Students then hunt around the library to find the answers. Examples of questions for this year include…
- Complete the quote by J.K Rowling. ““I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very______ can happen when you read a good book.”
- Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund escape to Narnia through what? ____________________
Book Week 2017 – Display Ideas
The theme for Book Week 2017 is Escape To Everywhere. This theme offers so much potential and scope, depending on how you want to interpret both ‘Escape’ and ‘Everywhere.’
The artwork for this year’s Book Week theme was created by Freya Blackwood, giving it an ethereal and wondrous look. You can order official merchandise from CBCA.
Theme colours and fonts
Something I like to do with my displays and Book Week signs is to match the theme colours and fonts. The fonts I found that best match are KG Luck of the Irish for the Escape To Everywhere wording and Mentone for the CBCA Book Week lettering, both of which can be found on dafont.com.
Each year, the CBCA provide wonderful Book Week merchandise. You can see the merchandise range at CBCA’s online store or via your state’s CBCA branch.
I love the flying whale that dominates this year’s Book Week artwork. I would love to create a display featuring our own version of this whale. Perhaps, start with an outline of a whale and let the students fill it with patterns, pictures, and favourite book covers.
Doors, windows, walls, mirrors, and wardrobes
What’s your favourite escape? I love the emphasis this year’s Book Week theme can give to fantasy. I have a large box sitting in the library’s storage area just waiting to be turned into a magical portal into another world. The only question is if it will be Narnia’s wardrobe, Dr Who’s Tardis, Harry’s platform wall, or Alice’s looking glass? Check out my Platform 9 3/4 display.
Book Week 2016 – Rainbow Serpent
Inspired by Indigenous storytelling and Shaun Tan’s artwork for this year’s Book Week, I have created a large Rainbow Serpent to brighten up the entrance to the junior reading room.
I used 12 pieces of A3 cardboard joined together to make the serpent. I used Outback as the font to create the words on the serpent, which I downloaded from dafont. I simply printed the words I wanted and traced them onto the serpent.
The colouring was completed by my fabulous student helpers – anyone who was free during lunch breaks or after school and didn’t mind indulging in some relaxing colouring. I find the students love helping to create displays (especially when it involves colouring in) and it increases their connection to the finished display.
Book Week 2016: Literary Signpost
Book Week 2016: Costume Ideas
Book Week 2016: Activities
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Book Week 2016 – Australian Themed Literary Signpost
This Book Week 2016 I wanted to honour the theme, Australia: Story Country, by updating our literary signpost. Australia has some iconic place names, some of which have starred in Australian literature.
I have added these to the literary signpost to give it a fresh look and tie it in with the Australian theme.
Celebrated in Australia from 22 August to 28 August 2015, Book Week is a fantastic time to celebrate books, authors, illustrators, readers and all those involved in the book industry, from publishers to librarians. And in our library, celebrations mean displays!!
Here is the third display for this year’s Book Week:
Books Light Up Our World.
This lighthouse has been painted onto the back window of the library using window paint. During Book Week the students will be invited to write the title of their favourite book onto a small, yellow star and stick it onto this display. Standing almost 3 metres tall and 2.5m wide, this is a striking image. I have already received lots of compliments about how effective it looks and the students love it (and really wanted to help with the painting).
The Protected – Claire Zorn – University of Queensland Press – Published 23 July 2014
I have three months left to call Katie my older sister. Then the gap will close and I will pass her. I will get older. But Katie will always be fifteen, eleven months and twenty-one days old.
Hannah’s world is in pieces and she doesn’t need the school counsellor to tell her she has deep-seated psychological issues. With a seriously depressed mum, an injured dad and a dead sister, who wouldn’t have problems?
Hannah should feel terrible but for the first time in ages, she feels a glimmer of hope and isn’t afraid anymore. Is it because the elusive Josh is taking an interest in her? Or does it run deeper than that?
In a family torn apart by grief and guilt, one girl’s struggle to come to terms with years of torment shows just how long old wounds can take to heal.
What a heartbreaking story. Grief and bullying, family, friends and sisters – the relationships that break you, and how you learn to survive them.