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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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Book Review: Until I Met You

Until I Met You – Tari Faris – Restoring Heritage #2 – Revell – Published 8 September 2020

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Synopsis

When she hears that the small town of Heritage, Michigan, is looking for a new librarian, Libby Kingsley jumps at the opportunity. Little did she know the library is barely more than a storage closet stuffed with dusty, outdated books. What the community really needs is a new building. But the only funds available are those being channeled into the new town square, and the landscape architect in charge of the project wants nothing to do with her plans.

All Austin Williams wants to do is get the town square project finished so he can do right by the family business and then extricate himself from the town that reveres the brother who cost him so much. But the local media and the town’s new librarian seem to be conspiring against him at every turn. Will the determined bookworm find her way into his blueprints–and possibly even his heart?

My thoughts

Small towns, romance and a construction project with no budget and a strict deadline – what could possibly go wrong? Throw in a nosy journalist, bad publicity and some miscommunication and everything that could go wrong does. Until I Met You is a sweet and charming story about finding the right person at the wrong time, moving on from the past and learning to make the most of every day and every situation.

Libby Kingsley is a librarian (yay librarians in fiction). She’s feeling pretty down about life and is happy to take a position as the new librarian in Heritage, Michigan. The only problem is the library is more of a desolate basement that should be condemned. She finds the perfect solution – she just has to convince the town and construction company that moving an old building into the new town centre is a good idea. Austin Williams is trying to save his family’s construction company, redesign the town square with no help and little budget and now he has to contend with the ideas of Libby Kingsley. He just needs to make it through the next few months unscathed, but it seems like everything and everyone – including his brother – is against him.

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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 Review: Suggest Reading

Suggested Reading – Dave Connis – Katherine Tegen Books – 17 September 2019

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Synopsis

Clara Evans is horrified when she discovers her principal’s “prohibited media” hit list. The iconic books on the list have been pulled from the library and aren’t allowed anywhere on the school’s premises. Students caught with the contraband will be sternly punished.

Many of these stories have changed Clara’s life, so she’s not going to sit back and watch while her draconian principal abuses his power. She’s going to strike back.

So Clara starts an underground library in her locker, doing a shady trade in titles like Speak and The Chocolate War. But when one of the books she loves most is connected to a tragedy she never saw coming, Clara’s forced to face her role in it.

Will she be able to make peace with her conflicting feelings, or is fighting for this noble cause too tough for her to bear?

My thoughts

As a librarian, I don’t need to be told about the benefits of reading – I see them every day. Suggested Reading is an ode to everything librarians stand up for. The right to read for pleasure, the right to choose your reading material, the right to free and unchallenged access to reading material that stretches and challenges the reader. I highly enjoying this book, as will all lovers of books, libraries and reading.

When Clara, a regular library volunteer, starter of a tiny library community scheme and avid reader, discovers that her school has banned 50 books and plans to remove them from the school library’s shelves, she unwittingly starts a rebellion when she creates a library in her school locker. What starts as a mini rebellion soon has far reaching consequences and Clara must decide if her stance against the banned books policy is worth the cost.

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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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