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Book Week: Announcing a New Facebook Group

Book Week – Announcing a New Facebook Group

As a school librarian, I’ve always wanted a place to connect with other library staff and chat about plans for Book Week. How were they interpreting the theme? Did they run a Book Fair every Book Week? What sort of activities did they run each year?
This year, I decided to try a Facebook Group, thanks to a comment someone shared about having a collaborative space to share ideas. I have created this Group for like-minded library staff and teachers and book professionals to share ideas, inspiration and other details about Book Week. You will find it under Aussie Book Week: Displays, Events, Activities and Planning

You can request to join the group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/aussiebookweek

Please leave any suggestions for the Group, comments or ideas and feedback below. This is an experiment that I hopes help us coordinate a massive event and makes it a little easier for library staff. All feedback welcomed. And if Facebook isn’t your thing (coz it’s really, really not my thing), let me know if another platform might suit you – perhaps we could create a collaborative Pinterest board?

Book Week 2021: Theme Announcement

Book Week 2021

Ready or not, here it comes. Are you ready for Book Week 2021? No one could have predicted everything that 2020 threw at us. Let’s hope 2021 is a little more predictable – in a good way. And there is nothing better than locking in Book Week and marking it in big, bright letters on your calendar. Book Week 2021 has returned to it’s usual late August date. And the theme for Book Week 2021 has already been announced – 

Book Week 2021 will run from the 21st to the 27th of August 2021. See the official theme announcement here.

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Book Week 2020: Activity Ideas

Book Week 2020 – Activity Ideas

I don’t know about you, but Book Week has kind of snuck up on me this year. I went from super organised to, oh, it’s not happening until October, I’ll prepare later. The new dates means Book Week is being celebrated in the three schools I am working in this year from 17th to the 23rd of October.

More details are available on the CBCA website.

Here are some of the ideas for activities during, before (and maybe even after) Book Week this year. Most of them are pretty easy to throw together, especially if you are in a rush like I was.

Display Ideas

Story Box Library Activity Pack

God bless the team at Story Box Library. They send out a link to the most AMAZING teacher resource kit for Book Week. Download it here. It is chock full of amazing activity ideas. I have done the Solve A Curious Message in two of my schools. The students are LOVING it. They might be going a little crazing trying to solve them all! I cut out the 11 clues and stuck them up around the library, so the students must first find and then solve each of the 11 puzzles. And they are not easy. The students have been reading the shortlist books to find the answers, teaming up and generally having lots of fun.

The kit also includes a digital escape room plan, a letter template for writing to a curious creature, and so much more.

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Ramblings: Exciting Term 4 2020 Updates

Exciting Term 4, 2020 Updates

I know 2020 has been a massive, scary, horrible year for many. I have been blessed to ride through 2020 pretty smoothly, thanks to some wonderful employers and a great country in which to live.

Term 4, 2020 is set to be massive for those of us in Australia (and for many around the world, no doubt).  I am so pleased to say that I have taken on a Teacher Librarian contract for Term 4, working in the most beautiful junior school library. This means I am working across 3 schools during Term 4, 4 days a week as teacher librarian and 1 as a library aide. It’s going to be a very busy, but very exciting term.

Here are just a few of the exciting things that are happening in Term 4 to get involved with.

CBCA Book Week

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Book Week 2020: Display Ideas

Book Week 2020 – Display Ideas

The theme for Book Week 2020 has been announced – Curious Creatures, Wild Minds. Due to COVID-19, the usual date of late August has been changed. Book Week will be celebrated from the 17th to the 23rd of October.

More details are available on the CBCA website.

The delayed date will allow us to hopefully bring students together again to celebrate. It will be lovely after the experiences of COVID-19. Whether you plan to celebrate Book Week at the original August date, the new October date or another week completely, here are a few ideas for starting your display planning.

Display Ideas

Welcome to the Jungle

The theme this year lends itself very well to all things jungle and wild animals.

I created this Jungle themed display a few years ago. The lettering was a combinator of various styles from Instant Display. I cut the green leaves from paper (hand cutting back then, before we got our library Cricut machine) and made the vines with scrunched up green tissue paper and stapled on leaf cutouts. Hidden amongst the leaves is an animal alphabet I found in the school secondhand stall and some student-made animal creations.

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Book Week 2020: Useful Links

Book Week 2020 – Useful Links

The theme for Book Week 2020 is – Curious Creatures, Wild Minds. Due to COVID-19, the usual date of late August has been changed. Book Week will be celebrated from the 17th to the 23rd of October.

When pulling together a plan for Book Week, it can be a little overwhelming, so I am sharing a few helpful links I’ve come across.

Official Updates

The official Book Week details and updates can be found on the CBCA website. They also share social media images and other free resources. You can also buy official merchandise from the CBCA Store or your state CBCA.

The official artwork for Book Week 2020 has been designed by 2018 CBCA Picture Book of the Year winner Gwyn Perkins. As the author/illustrator of A Walk in the Bush, I think this is the perfect match for theme.

Shortlist – Book of the Year

Check out this AWESOME Padlet by teacher librarian Carla Riles https://padlet.com/carlahoward80/27drpkc4638bhifk 

Teacher Guides

Hakea Hustler and Carl Merrison, the team that brought you Black Cockatoo, have created a fantastic teacher guide. Activity ideas, costume ideas, Check it out here. http://hakeahustler.com.au/curious-creatures-wild-minds-cbca-book-week-2020/

Curious Creatures, Wild Minds CBCA Book Week 2020 A Basic Teacher Guide

Publications

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Book Week 2020: Update

Book Week 2020 – Update

The theme for Book Week 2020 has been announced – Curious Creatures, Wild Minds. Due to COVID-19, the usual date of late August has been changed. Book Week will be celebrated from the 17th to the 23rd of October.

More details are available on the CBCA website.

The official artwork for Book Week 2020 has been designed by 2018 CBCA Picture Book of the Year winner Gwyn Perkins. As the author/illustrator of A Walk in the Bush, I think this is the perfect match for theme.

The delayed date will allow us to hopefully bring students together again to celebrate. It will be lovely after the experiences of COVID-19.

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Book Week 2020: Theme Announcement

Book Week 2020

The theme for Book Week 2020 has been announced – Curious Creatures, Wild Minds

If you have recovered enough from Book Week 2019, it’s time to start thinking about themed displays, costumes and activities.

Book Week 2020 will run from the 22nd to the 28th of August 2012. More details are available on the CBCA website.

The official artwork for Book Week 2020 will be designed by 2018 CBCA Picture Book of the Year winner Gwyn Perkins. As the author/illustrator of A Walk in the Bush, I think this is the perfect match for theme.

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Book Week 2019: Reading Is My Secret Power Display

Book Week 2019 – Reading is my Secret Power Display

The theme for Book Week 2019 is Reading Is My Secret Power and there are so many ways you could interpret this theme for display ideas.  Traditionally, I decorate our circulation desk window (four, large tinted windows that sit behind out prominent circulation desk) with some interpretation of the CBCA artwork.

This year the CBCA Book Week 2019 artwork has been created by Bob Graham.

Here is my interpretation.

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