Book Week.

This week is Book Week.

Each year across Australia, the Children’s Book Council of Australia brings children and books together celebrating CBCA Book Week.

During this time schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children celebrate Australian children’s literature. The CBCA winners of Book of the Year are announced at this time.

The highlight of the week for most of our Little People of Primary School age is the opportunity to dress up as their favourite book character and parade around the playground.

Many years ago I remember my sister and I creating outfits for Book Week in a little bush school on the outskirts of Sydney. Funds were short, though enthusiasm and ingenuity were in great supply. Wrapped in a sheet of silver cardboard my sibling created her own outfit at 8 or 9 years of age as the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz.

Twenty odd years later my own daughters spent hours contemplating costumes for a parade of book characters in a little school on the outskirts of Adelaide. They were closeted in their bedrooms for hours with this task and I can still hear their laughter, and frustration, from the other end of the house.

One spent the next day at school as Angelina Ballerina, whilst the youngest one dressed as a golfer. Following on from my previous, Bagger Vance, some things just don’t change…….

There will be playground parades across the nation this week, and I have no doubt there will be a plethora of Harry Potters, Cats In The Hat, and Alice in Wonderlands.I hope the kiddies have heaps of fun!

I adore children’s books and relish the opportunity to gift them to Little People whenever the opportunity arises. Some of these books have “stayed” with me for years.

Do you have a favourite Children’s Book?

Note : The CBCA is advocating that really Little People between the ages of 0 to 5 years be read 3000 books in that period to encourage a love of words, stories and reading. Book readings can be repeated, and books in good supply are available from Libraries. In my area we have a Mobile Bus that travels to parklands on a weekly basis, and of course, you can visit any Community Library.

2 thoughts on “Book Week.

  1. My favourite book as an older primary school child was Smith by Leon Garfield, I have since read it as an adult and was equally enthralled. I see you have Seven Little Australians on your page, I cannot go more than a couple of years without watching the ABC television series and the book was wonderful too. Reading to my children as little people, two books immediately spring to mind- Dogs Night by Meredith Hooper and Changes by Anthony Browne, both just wonderful, quirky stories for younger children 🙂
    Enjoy Book Week, I certainly did when it featured in my children’s lives, but I did think the parents who hired costumes were somehow missing the point!

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    1. Thankyou Jenny – you have made my day. I was feeling disallusioned having just read an article in the Adelaide Advertiser recommending the banning of Book Week as it is too hard for parents. Too hard? WT? I was also a big fan of The Last Of The Mohicans because I had my own tee pee in the back garden.
      Nice to hear from you – hope all is well in your world:)

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