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Book Week 2016: Rainbow Serpent

Book Week 2016 – Rainbow Serpent

Serpent 2

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.

Serpent 1

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: Short list display

Book Week 2016 – Short list display

 These are my displays promoting the Book of the Year Notables and Short list.

Notables

Notables

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photo%201-1Inspired by Shaun Tan’s artwork this year, I have used red, orange and yellow as my main theme colours. I used Outback as the font, which I downloaded from dafont. Yellow and orange crepe paper in a simple twist pattern create a quick and easy border.

Both the Notables list and Short list can be found on the CBCA website.


Book Week 2016: Literary Signpost

Book Week 2016: Costume Ideas

Book Week 2016: Activities

Book Week 2016: Activities #2

Book Week 2016: Activity Ideas #2

Book Week 2016 – Activity Ideas, Vol. 2

Australia - Story Country

Looking for fun ways to engage readers this Book Week? Here are a few more activity ideas, both my own and adaptions from others’, for this year’s Book Week. Also, check out my post Book Week 2016 – Activities Ideas post.

Guessing Competitions

Book in a jar: This is already a wildly popular guessing competition. Give it a Book Week 2016 twist by choosing an Aussie title to shred (or cut into squares).

Who Am I?: I was born in 1974 in Bendigo, Victoria. Before becoming an author I was  an actor, university lecturer and artist. I write and illustrate books for children. This year, my book is nominated for Book of the Year: Early Childhood. Who am I?

The name you know me by is actually a pseudonym, a fake name to conceal my identity. I grew up in Sydney. I have written over 50 books for children. This year, my novel has been shortlisted for Book of the Year: Younger Readers. Who am I?

This guessing competition might also need a few author information posters displayed nearby or perhaps hidden around the library, or students can use their devices or the books’ author pages to find details to help them solve the clues.

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Book Review: Suri’s Wall

Suri's Wall

Suri’s Wall – Lucy Estela, illustrated by Matt Ottley – Penguin Books Australia – Published 26 August 2015

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Synopsis

Eva squeezed Suri’s hand. “What’s there? What can you see?”

“What can I see?” Suri looked out over the wall. “Oh, it’s beautiful, let me tell you all about it.”

A moving tale of the power of the human spirit.

My thoughts

This is an incredibly powerful book.

I went into the book knowing very little about it. I had not even read the blurb. And I think that was the best way to read it. So, if you want to go and find a copy, snuggle down, enjoy the story and then come back and read my review, go ahead. I’ll wait….

Suri’s Wall has been nominated for CBCA’s Book of the Year in 2016, and for very good reason. It is a particularly powerful and moving story. It speaks volumes and yet is gentle and quiet in conveying a message of hope and beauty in times of pain and loss.

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Book Week 2016: Activity Ideas

Book Week 2016 – Activity Ideas

Australia - Story Country

Book Week is a fantastic time for promoting libraries and engaging readers in a variety of activities to increase their connection with reading, Australian literature and library services. Here are just a few activity ideas, both my own and adaptions from others’, for this year’s Book Week.

Storytelling

Guest storyteller: Many libraries are fortunate to be able to afford a special guest visitor or author during the Book Week celebrations. This year storytellers, performers and Indigenous storytellers are sure to be popular. But if the budget doesn’t stretch to such an event, perhaps look within the library or school community. I’m sure someone within that population sticks out as a person who is good at spinning a yarn or has a knack for making a story spring to life. And if you still can’t find a willing victim, perhaps try an online video or retelling.

Rory's Story CubesGroup storytelling: Story cards and dice, such as Rory’s Story Cubes, are excellent for promoting storytelling with a group. While any story cards or flip chart would work I particularly like the Story Cubes (no, I’m not being paid to write this), as they are so tactile and pretty. But a cube net that students can create and design their own set of cubes would also work.

Giant Board Games

YA-Reading-Bingo-Challenge-2014Bingo: I’ve promoted this Reading Bingo from Random House before, but I think it would make an excellent giant bingo game. Create a giant board by enlarging each square and laminating. You would also need smaller copy to cut up and place in a container from which to randomly draw each square. As a square is drawn players have to name a title that fits, e.g. A Book That Became A Movie – The Hobbit. Write the book title on the square on the giant board (use a whiteboard marker so that it can be erased to play multiple times). This could be played competitively, with the names of students also listed on the squares, in teams or simply to see how quickly a group can fill the whole grid or one line.

Giant ScrabbleScrabble or Bananagrams: Check out this post from Constantly Lovestruck about a giant game of bananagrams, with a list of how many tiles you will need of each letter.

Pacman Pac-Man: This librarian created a giant Pac-Man board on the floor of her library. Details can be found on the blog Tvahlsing. 

Guess Who: I have seen giant Guess Who games and DIY Guess Who games using everyone from Bible characters to US Presidents. I would make a giant Guess Who game using book characters. You could use animated characters from popular titles such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid  or instead use the actors that have become the iconic representations of book characters.

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Book Week 2016: Display Ideas

Book Week 2016 – Display Ideas

The theme for Book Week 2016, Australia: Story Country, offers plenty of great ways to celebrate and decorate!!! Here are some of the ways I hope to decorate the library for this year’s Book Week.

Australia - Story Country

Short List

Molly-and-Pim-MurrayEvery year the library displays the books on the Book of the Year Short list, which you can find on the CBCA website.   piranhas-don-t-eat-bananasThis year a backdrop of hessian and Aussie road signs will decorate this display and give it an Aussie touch.

Under the Shade of A Coolibah Tree

Coolibah TreeI plan to update the Reading Tree to a Coolibah Tree, like the one mentioned in Waltzing Matilda, changing the leaves to gumtree-shaped leaves. Reading Tree - Green

With a few neutral coloured pieces of fabric, the bench seats will feel a little more outback-like and a fake campfire in the centre of the area will create a great space to gather for storytelling. Hanging stars will give the area an-outdoor, storytelling under the stars feel.

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Book Week 2016: Costume Ideas

Book Week 2016 – Costumes

If you like to match your Book Week costume to the theme, represent a literary character or maybe try to do both then the 2016 theme gives you plenty of room to move. Australia: Story Country is a theme that lets one explore all the wonders of Australian fiction, storytelling, writing, history, culture and pretty much anything else you want. Here are some of my ideas for costumes that fit with the 2016 Book Week theme.  Continue reading

Book Week 2016: Aussie Literary Signpost

Book Week 2016 – Australian Themed Literary Signpost
Literary Signpost

Street Signs

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.


Binnum SignpostI have added these to the literary signpost to give it a fresh look and tie it in with the Australian theme.

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