Book Week

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.


Kids’ Book Review

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!Image


Ahoy There!

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.


Love2read – The Reading Hour 2013

The Reading Hour – 24th August. Pop it in your diary!

Book Links (Qld) Inc

Love2read is a collaborative project joining public libraries, government, community groups, media and commercial partners, and of course the public.

In 2012 Love2read ran The Reading Hour. They are doing it again in 2013. Sharing a book with your child for 10 minutes a day, and hour a week is the aim of The Reading Hour on 24 August 2013. Love2read knows it’s not always possible to read to your child every night so have designed an official celebration of reading, in the form of The Reading Hour to highlight the need to read to children so they have the best chance of becoming a good reader, with all the social and educational benefits that that brings. The hour runs from 6 – 7pm.

For resources, including promotional packs and merchandise, head to their website to check out what they have on offer. Book Links supports any and every project…

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Holiday Plaster Fun

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
Belmont Road
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:

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Pretty cool hey!?