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Creative Book Week Resources from The Book Chook

Here is a list of all my resources for Children's Book Week in Australia. It includes lesson ideas, display ideas, challenges for kids, prompts to get kids reading, thinking, and writing and lots more activities to help celebrate the love of reading.

The Book Chook: Children’s Book Week 2019, Activities and Resources

What are some great free ideas, activities and resources for celebrating Children's Book Week in Australia in 2019? Check out all the ideas and resources (including free PDFs) here.

The Book Chook: Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with a Secret Power

How can children use the idea of a secret power as a prompt for creating something? With the 2019 theme for Children's Book Week being "reading is my secret power", encourage kids to innovate on this creative prompt. Read more at The Book Chook.

The Book Chook: Finding Chapter Book Treasures - Book Week 2018

What are some exciting chapter books that might be treasure for kids who celebrate Children's Book Week with the theme: Find your treasure?

The Book Chook: Finding Picture Book Treasures - Book Week 2018

What are some wonderful children's picture books that suit the Australian Children's Book Week theme, Find Your Treasure?

The Book Chook: Activities for Kids - Children’s Book Week 2018

What are some creative learning activities related to the "treasure" theme that kids can pursue while celebrating Children's Book Week in Australia in 2018?

The Book Chook: Ideas for Children’s Book Week 2018

What are some awesome ideas for librarians, teachers and parents to help kids celebrate Children's Book Week in Australia in 2018? Read all about it at The Book Chook!

Ideas for Children’s Book Week 2017

What are some fun and fabulous ideas to help celebrate Children's Book Week Australia, 2017? Lots of ideas at The Book Chook!

Activities for Kids - Children’s Book Week 2017

What are some activities and resources we can use with kids while exploring the 2017 Children's Book Week theme, Escape to Everywhere? Huge list at The Book Chook.

Reviews, Five Fabulous Picture Books for Australia: Story Country

"...besides all the wonderful short-listed and notable books selected by the CBCA, there are stacks of other books that would suit the theme: Australia: Story Country. For instance, here are five children’s picture books I read recently that would also be outstanding." Read more at The Book Chook.

Children’s Book Week 2016 - Focus on Storytelling

Storytelling is one way of conveying a story. A focus on storytelling is an excellent way to ensure children develop fundamental communication skills. Many adults have not developed these, for a range of reasons. They include speaking audibly and coherently to an audience, using one’s body and face to communicate, and preparing/practising a story before delivery. Story is hugely important in our society! Read more at The Book Chook.

Last Minute Ideas for Children's Book Week Australia 2013

Even more resources I've found that I believe might be useful to librarians, teachers and parents who want to build learning activities around the theme for this year's Children's Book Week in Australia, Read Across the Universe.

Read more at The Book Chook.

Activities for Children's Book Week, 2013

This year I hope to provide a list of more general suggestions that fit this year's CBCA Book Week theme, Read across the Universe, and that encourage kids to play with ideas, collaborate, create, think critically and communicate.

Read more at The Book Chook.

Last Minute Ideas for Children’s Book Week 2014

As usual, although I published a huge list of ideas and activities to help celebrate Children’s Book Week 2014, I’ve come across more wonderful ideas. I’m publishing them here in the hope it will help you and your kids connect to reading! Read more at The Book Chook.

Activities for Children's Book Week 2014

The theme for Children’s Book Week in 2014 is: Connect to Reading. Isn’t that a fantastic theme! On a basic level, we want kids to connect by simply participating in the act of reading - whether that reading be a short-listed book, a magazine article about football heroes or a sign saying Wet Paint. We want them to understand the prevalence of reading in their lives, and how important it is to both enjoy reading and develop reading skills. Read more at The Book Chook.

Guest School Visits During Children’s Book Week

Children’s Book Week is a wonderful time to ask special guests to visit a school and help celebrate books and reading. Such visitors may include children’s book authors and illustrators, local celebrities, parents and other family members, and people associated with the children’s book industry like publishers, book shop owners and book reviewers. Hopefully, each visitor will share their own enjoyment of reading, and help ignite a corresponding passion in their audience. Read more at The Book Chook.

Children’s Book Week 2015 - Ideas for Display

Displays in schools and communities are an exciting visual way to celebrate children’s book connections and advertise special events for Children’s Book Week. Here are some suggestions that might help you tease out your own ideas in exploring the theme: Books light up our world. Read more at The Book Chook.

Children’s Book Week 2015 - Ideas for Performance

Performance implies an audience, meaning this is also a wonderful way to reach out to parents and the local community. Performances are yet another meaningful way for kids to connect reading and other forms of communication, and to express themselves to an authentic audience. Read more at The Book Chook.

Children’s Book Week 2015 - Challenges for Kids

Children’s Book Week is a wonderful time to celebrate what books and reading mean to us all. The theme for this year’s Book Week is “books light up our lives”. Here are some activities to help our kids engage with that theme: Read more at The Book Chook.

Activities for Children’s Book Week, 2015

Children’s Book Week in Australia will be held from Saturday 22 August - Friday 28 August, 2015. With 2015 being declared the International Year of Light by the UN, how fitting it is that our Children’s Book Week theme is “Books light up our world.” Here's what that means to me:

Books truly light up our world in so many different ways. They shed light into dark places by bringing education to those who want it. Books bring the world to life for us, enabling us to travel to distant lands without leaving our homes and even venture into space or fantasy worlds. They empower us, entertain us, educate us and bring us closer to others. Books help us to grow as human beings.

Read more at The Book Chook.

Children’s Book Week 2016 - Resources

I think it's important not to get too fixed on what makes a book suit this 2016 Children's Book Week theme. Australia IS a Story Country. Our stories come from all over: from our own indigenous people, from migrants and refugees who have come to live here, from books, movies and orally transmitted stories. Let's encourage Australia's children to immerse themselves in a range of stories, to read them, listen to them, watch them, think about them, and go on to share them with others! Read more at The Book Chook for a list of books, videos and websites.

Children’s Book Week 2016 - Educational Activities

Are you getting ready for Children's Book Week in Australia, Saturday 20 August to Friday 26 August? It's such a wonderful way to celebrate books and reading, and to bring in lots of fun and excitement about all sorts of learning. The theme for Children’s Book Week this year is Australia: Story Country. What an exciting theme, one with a myriad possibilities! Read more at The Book Chook.