Children’s book week 2017

Back to school! Happy cute industrious child flying on the book on background of sunset sky. Concept of education and reading. The development of the imagination.

Next week Children’s Book Week is celebrated in Australia from 19th-26th August. Many schools celebrate with book fairs, dress-up as your favourite character days and even play DEAR – Drop Everything And Read! (It’s my favourite game – I played it a lot with my three kids when they were little).

  • You can find out more about this year’s theme – Escape to Everywhere – at the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s website.
  • There are plenty of ideas for dressing up as your favourite character from author Allison Tait here – her go-to costume is a cloak which can be used for a ranger, superhero, princess, adventurer or olden-day character.
  • The shortlist for the CBCA book of the year is here. The winners will be announced at midday today. We haven’t made our way through reading all of these beautiful books yet – it’s a work in progress. If you’re looking for quality books for your children or grandchildren, borrowing or buying these books will guarantee a good read.
  • Author Tristan Bancks has some great ideas for celebrating Book Week – I like his idea for making a book trailer.

I hope your children or grandchildren enjoy all the bookish festivities. I’m off to a YA book launch tonight, and then I’m thinking a game of DEAR might be in order for us over the weekend!


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