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.


The Book Garden

Earlier this year, I completed a survey for the E4Kids study that my 6 year old daughter is participating in, and won a $100 book voucher to be used at The Book Garden.

Since it’s Book Week we decided it would be the perfect time to use the voucher and purchase some new books, so we jumped on-line yesterday afternoon to take a look. Well, Miss 6 sat at the computer for a couple of hours scrolling through pages and pages of children’s picture books and chapter books, writing down her wish list. In the end her list filled up over half an A4 piece of paper! I said that she needed to narrow her list down to maybe 6 or 7 books. She then carefully studied her list, reading it over and over, deciding which books were her absolute favourites. We were able to look at the covers of the books and read the blurbs but it was still quite difficult when you couldn’t actually flick through the book and have a a squizz. In the end this is what she chose:

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy by Sue Whiting

The Children Who Loved Books by Peter Carnavas

The Lorax by Dr Seuss

I am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child (Charlie and Lola book)

Tooth Fairy in Trouble by Julia Jarman

Evie: The Mist Fairy by Daisy Meadows

Hayley: The Rain Fairy by Daisy Meadows

Now the excitement of waiting for the parcel of books to arrive.  And she’s not the only one!

As well as children’s picture books, The Book Garden also supplies teacher resources, parenting books and accessories for teaching such as:
Music & Songs CDs
Puppets, Felt Stories, Wall Charts
Stories on CD & DVD
Magnetic stories

Have a look at their website:
197 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane QLD 4000

Are your kids dressing up as their favourite character for Book Week?

Book Dates for your Diary

August is the month for reading loads of fabulous books!  On Saturday, the 11th August it is National Bookshop Day. I haven’t heard of it before but it’s a great idea to help support bookshops. If you’re out and about Saturday, visit your local bookshop and buy yourself or a friend or family member a favourite book.

August 18-24 is Book Week.  Here’s the Early Childhood Short List 2012:

Bland, Nick
Ill. Freya Blackwood
The Runaway Hug
Hartnett, Sonya
Ill. Lucia Masciullo
Come Down, Cat!
Honey, Elizabeth That’s Not a Daffodil!
Jorgensen, Norman
Ill. James Foley
The Last Viking
McKinlay, Meg
Ill. Leila Rudge
No Bears
Quay, Emma Rudie Nudie

Last week during a library lesson, we read the story “Come Down, Cat!” by Sonya Hartnett.  The class and I loved it.  It is a beautiful story of friendship and bravery.  Nicholas is worried about his cat.  Night is falling and she is high up on the roof licking her paws.  How will he coax her into the safe, warm house? She doesn’t seem to want to come down, or does she?  The illustrations by Lucia Masciullo are beautiful and help make the story come alive.

Has anyone read any of the other books?  I’m looking forward  to reading some more next time I visit the library.

And last but not least – join in The Reading Hour – Saturday August 25th 6-7pm.

For a bit of fun – If you’ve got a photo of you or your kids reading, post it on the Kids Book Review facebook wall and you could win some books and most importantly – support The Reading Hour!

So what will you be reading?