From the 22nd August to the 28th August it was Book Week and many school students celebrated by dressing up as their favourite character and participating in lots of fun literacy activities. My daughter dressed up as Hermione from Harry Potter. The theme this year was Books light up our World.
We are celebrating Book Week next week with a movie day, bringing in our favourite book, bringing in our most unusual book, dress up day, writing competitions with sizzling starts, Indigenous Storytelling and a Spelling Bee Competition, so lots to look forward to.
If you would like to see The Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year Award Shortlist, click here.
If you love books, reading and writing then Kids’ Book Review is a great blog to follow. I’ve also signed up to receive their monthly newsletter which is full of information about upcoming workshops, events and other book-related/writing activities, write-ups about events that have recently occurred (like Book Week and The Reading Hour), book reviews, writing competitions and book giveaways (thanks to generous Australian authors and publishers).
I have been entering all their book giveaways and was lucky enough to win Sofie Laguna’s new book “Where are You Banana?” a humorous story about a little boy named Roddy and his quest to find his best friend, Banana.
And also, “Where’s Wally?” Book 1 (remember him??!!) by Martin Handford. We’ve had hours of fun searching for Wally amongst the hundreds of people in each scene. Definitely a good one to take on our long trip to Melbourne!
Ahoy there me hearties, get ready to walk the plank! Did you know that it’s International Talk Like A Pirate Day tomorrow (Thursday 19th September)? Don’t believe me 🙂 Then have a look here.
Surely you’ve got a pirate hat, eye patch, stuffed parrot and cutlass buried somewhere in your dress up box. I know I have.
Here’s a few tips I got from a “talk like a pirate” website. Start practising now ready for tomorrow:
How to talk like a pirate
- Start right away by dropping your “g’s” – as in sailin’ or drinkin’.
- Also avoid any pronunciation of “r’s” so that “ever” becomes “e’er”, and “never” becomes “ne’er”.
- If all else fails, begin every other sentence with a scowl and a hearty… “aarrgh.”
Pirate Lingo The Short Course
Ahoy! – “Yo!”
Avast! – “Check it out!”
Aye! – “Yes.”
Arrr! – “That’s right!” (often confused with arrrgh…)
Arrrgh! – “I’m VERY miffed.”
Finish off with a verse or two of “What shall we do with the drunken sailor?” and read a couple of pirate related picture books.
Here’s a couple of stories you might like:
Tough Boris by Mem Fox
The Fierce Little Woman and the Wicked Pirate by Joy Cowley
The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate by Margaret Mahy
Missing Treasure! by Giles Andreae
So, will you be dressing up tomorrow and talking like a pirate? Feel free to share your pirate adventures.
If you’re looking for something a little bit different and fun to do in Brisbane during the holidays (or on a rainy day) have a look at the Plaster Fun House – Shop 10B
Belmont Village Shopping Centre
Phone 07 3890 0039
They even do parties!!
Back in February we were supposed to catch up with some friends for a play at New Farm Park. However, due to rainy weather, my friend suggested we try the Plaster Fun House. Well, the kids had a great time – scanning the shelves looking for the best plaster, choosing their colours, painting the plaster and then getting their masterpiece glossed and glittered at the end.
Prices range from about $2.50 to $15 depending on the shape and size of the plaster.
Plaster Fun House is open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm and on school holidays they are open 7 days a week.
Here’s our kids’ works of art:
Pretty cool hey!?