|'Jasmine' (Deltora Quest)|
The recipe is similar. Librarians display books in the library, children are introduced to the shortlist from the CBCA awards, books are read and reviewed, various forms of reader response are encouraged including craft, art, drama, movement, writing and so on. And, if the students are lucky enough, their teachers join with the Teacher Librarian to put on displays, set up a book sale for parents to donate to the school and give to their children, and they plan a parade usually attended by parents and other guests.
Yesterday I had the privilege of visiting a school in Sydney (North Ryde) to see some of my grandchildren take part in a parade, visit the library to buy some books and support the cake stall. It was a wonderful event. The children were all dressed in costume, including our youngest grandchild just 9 weeks old.
There were so many highlights, here are a few:
- My grandchildren chose their favourite characters and dressed like them.
- The teachers at North Ryde school were all in costume and looked fantastic.
- The Teacher Librarian was the wonderful host of the event (and was hilarious). She was clearly well loved by the children and showed her love for the kids and for books.
- The whole school engaged in the Librarian's creation (and my grandchildren's favourite activity lately), 'What's that shortlister'? The purpose is for the children to guess the name of one of the shortlisted books based on some simple clues. It was a lot of fun.
|The whole school playing 'What's that shortlister'?|
I'd love to hear your stories about book week.
Why are Book Week celebrations important?
There are lots of reasons why the work of teachers, students and parents is worth it, here are just two:
1. It reminds everyone that books offer more than just a good story. Literature can act as
2. Celebrations of books in this way reminds everyone that books are an important part of multiple communities, including families, classes, schools and the neighbourhood. Books can help to build common ground, and give us stories and language to share. Books are a form of 'glue' that binds people together.a mirror to enable readers to reflect on life problems and circumstances
a source of knowledge
a source of ideological challenge
a means to peer into the past, and the future
a vehicle to other places
a means to reflect on inner struggles
an introduction to the realities of life and death
a vehicle for the raising and discussion of social issues
|Star of the show, the Teacher Librarian|
Other readings and resources
I say much more about the importance of literature in my book Pathways to Literacy.
There are lots of practical posts on Children's literature HERE