The theme for this year's Book Week is Escape to Everywhere. A great book can transport you to all sorts of worlds - real and imagined. You can immerse yourself in fantastical lands and meet extraordinary characters in a chapter book. You can also be taken away to the past, to different countries or to fascinating subjects through non-fiction books. It is a portable door to worlds, places and people that we open from the comfort of a chair. There are hundreds of books in the library waiting to take you to an exciting new world so pop in and borrow one today!
CBCA CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEAR
Every year the Children's Book Council of Australia award a book, in different categories, the title of best book. These are the books below. If you click here or go through the tabs at the top of the page and then click on each book cover and you can see all the books in detail. Each book has a page on information dedicated to it. You will find a wealth of information on that book - videos, games, facts and quizzes.
BOOK WEEK VISITING AUTHORS
George Ivanoff: On Monday and Tuesday of Book Week, George Ivanoff will conduct writing workshops for Years 2-5 based on his very popular "You Choose" series.
George Ivanoff is an award-winning author and stay-at-home dad who lives in Melbourne. He has written over 100 books for children and teenagers, including fiction and non-fiction. He has written school readers, library reference books, chapter books, novelettes, novels and even a short story collection.
George’s current series of books is the interactive You Choose series. There are twelve titles in this series. You Choose: The Treasure of Dead Man’s Cove won the 2015 YABBA in the “Fiction for Younger Readers” category; and You Choose: Alien Invasion From Beyond the Stars got an Honour Award in the KOALAs in 2016. George has also written a series of adventure books for kids — RFDS Adventures.
Kim Kane: Kim Kane will visit us on Friday of Book Week where she will present her session entitled ‘Songs and Stories’ based on her books, Esther’s Rainbow, The Vegetable Ark and The Unexpected Crocodile to Pre-Prep, Prep and Yr 1.
Kim Kane is an award-winning author and lawyer born in England but now living in Melbourne. She writes for all ages of children. Kim Kane believes that the joy of reading is felt most strongly by children, and that what they remember from their novels and picture books will stay with them as adults. “The funny thing about children is they not only read ..., but they retain books and characters for life. I often think about what I read as a child — about what I loved as a child.”
HUMAN BOOK BORROWING
On the Wednesday of Book Week we will have Human Book Borrowing again at lunchtime in the library! You can borrow a real live human book like Mr Kelly or Ms Nucci or Mrs Richards and they will tell you a story. This story may be real or it may come from their imagination. You can ask questions of the author and maybe learn a bit more about your teachers. Keep your eye open for the posters going up and the information on the stories your "book" will tell! Below was Ms Nucci's story last year!
BOOK WEEK COMPETITIONS
Would you like to win some great prizes? We are running three seperate Book Week competitions for Prep/Year 1, Year 2/Year 3 and Year 4/Year 5. Depending what year level you are have a look at how to enter the competition below. The prizes will be on display in the library.
Prep and Year 1
In the shortlisted books for younger readers is the picture book The Snow Wombat. If you lived in the alpine areas like the wombat, where the snow was knee deep, you would need a winter hat, some gum boots, some mittens and maybe an umbrella. To enter this competition colour in one of the pictures below (see some examples on the right) with your special design. Click on the picture to print it or come into the library for a copy. Remember to put your name on it!
Year 2 and Year 3
Do you have a special place you like to escape to? A place that just makes you feel happy, with fun things to do and see.
It could be somewhere you go often. It could be a place you have only been once and remembered very well. It could even be a wonderful place that you have only ever read about, where you can imagine being content.
The competition this year is for you to use a blank brochure sheet and create the best ‘Escape and Travel to….’ Brochure that you can. There are spaces for you to include a map, drawings of things to do, written descriptions of the special things about your place and much more.
On the right you can see what it looks like unfolded. You will be able to collect the blank sheets from the Library. It is designed for you to fold into a brochure when you have finished. Don’t forget to put your name on your brochure.
Year 4 and Year 5
On the display board at the front desk of the library, there is the display for Book Week as you can see in the picture on the left. There are 8 posters on the display board showing 8 places that books could take you to. Using Olly, the library catalogue, and your own knowledge find 8 books in the Junior School library that match these posters. To give you a head start there is a poster on Hogwarts. What book contains Hogwarts? You may know but if you don't you could search the word "Hogwarts" on Olly or search the net. There is an astronaut on another poster. You could search using the word "astronaut" or the word "space" or "NASA" to find a book with that theme. The answer may not be one specific book. Any fiction or non-fiction book that contains space, an astronaut or NASA will fit the answer. As you can see below I entered the word space in the search screen of Olly and lots of results came up. Any of these books could be the answer. Click on the results under Title or Subject or Keyword to find a book that fits the space theme. If no results show up, think laterally. For example if there was a poster of the city of Dublin and no results came up searching the term "Dublin", I would think, 'What country is Dublin in?' Then you would have to find a book on that country. Make sure the book is part of the Junior School library. If you are still not sure what to do, come into the library and we will help you.
You can download and print the answer sheet by clicking on it on the left or you can obtain an answer sheet in the library.
BOOK WEEK COSTUMES
On the Wednesday of Book Week there will be a dress up assembly. You can dress up in the theme of Escape to Everywhere or you can dress up as your favourite book character. You do not need to buy a costume. Have a look at some of the costumes in this slideshow. As you can see it is not hard to put together a costume with materials or clothes from home. Please do not bring weapons - swords, guns, light sabres etc!