Book Week 2018 – Find Your Treasure

As we close the book on another Book Week, let’s look at what the students have been doing.

In the weeks leading into Book Week all classes shared the picture books shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) awards. These are Australian books that are recognised for their literary merit and for the way the text and illustrations work together. The students in Years 3 -6 voted for the book they thought should win the prize. Our school choice, Mopoke was named a notable book and the CBCA selected A Walk in the Bush as the winner.

Find your Treasure was the theme for Book Week this year and we certainly had some treasures in the costume department for our parade.

The costumes were amazing. Thank you to all students and family members who helped with the creative process and hopefully it was not too stressful. I noted with amusement on Friday that an ABC journalist tweeted her dismay at there being two leadership spills in a week when Book Week costume creation was required.

At KPS we continued our celebration of reading and books with visits from two authors. Mark Wilson entertained Preps, Years 1 and 2, while Gabrielle Wang shared her writing and research processes with Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. Both are author/illustrators and had all students creating wonderful drawings in a very short time. Here is a selection of Peng, a mythical Chinese character created by Gabrielle. By the end of the week all Gabrielle’s books had been borrowed from the library – a good result.

Mark taught students to draw a variety of creatures including whales, turtles and quolls. They both made it seem so easy by breaking down the process into achievable steps – everyone had a drawing to take away. Many students and staff shared with me afterwards how much they enjoyed the sessions.


Book Week 2016

We have just finished my favourite week of the Library year – Book Week. This is a time to celebrate  Australian authors and illustrators for children. The Childrens’ Book Council of Australia awards prizes for the best books of the year. This year the Early Childhood category was won by Mr Huff by Anna Walker a beautiful book about a boy having a bad day with Mr Huff following him around and getting him down. Other winners include Once by Morris Gleitzman and Flight by Armin Greder.


At Kew PS we celebrated the week with a visit from storyteller, Andy Wright. Andy entertained the students with stories from his childhood and taught them the meaning of the Haka, which they then performed.

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Of course we finished the week with the dress up parade.  It is always so great to see the costumes the students create. Thank you parents for your hard work.

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1MH.pngBook week is one week a year – at Kew we want the students to enjoy quality literature every week of the year. Keep reading!!

Term 3 in the Library

Well my favourite Pig the Pug didn’t win the CBCA Awards. The Picture Book prize went to My Two Blankets by Irena Kobald & Freya Blackwood. It is also a beautiful book and a well deserved winner.

We celebrated Book Week with visiting author/illustrators Leigh Hobbs for Prep – Year 3 and Heath McKenzie for Years 4 – 6. All classes enjoyed their sessions and had the opportunity to have a go at drawing. We finished the week with Dressing Up and a parade at Assembly.

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The Lamont Book Fair was very successful and we received 60 new books in commission which was a fantastic boost to our resources.

Last week the Library combined with some of the CARE groups to hold a joint book and toy swap to raise money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. $180 was raised which will be used by the Foundation to buy literacy resources for remote communities. This was a wonderful effort by all involved.

And the final library event for the term was the Family Reading Afternoon  which saw about 18 families come into the library and read together. Many research studies demonstrate the benefit of families reading together – it’s good for children’s brain activation, language development, confidence and imagination.

Enjoy the upcoming holidays and make sure everyone gets a bit of reading time.

Books Light Up Our World

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Every week in the Library we recognise and encourage the joy of reading. In Term 3 the excitement escalates with the celebration of Book Week and the awarding of 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year. All classes will explore the nominated books in the coming weeks. The theme for Book Week this year is Books Light up Our World. Drop by the Library to view the amazing Book Week display created by Bethanie Clarke.

One of my favourite nominated books is Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey. It’s a story about learning to share with gorgeous illustrations and lots of humour.


During Book Week we will have guest author/illustrators Leigh Hobbs and Heath McKenzie presenting sessions to all classes. Both have created wonderful picture books and some of their artwork is included below. We finish the week with the fun of the Dress Up and Parade where all students and staff dress as favourite book characters. Start planning your costume now!


Recognising the importance of literacy opportunities for all children, we will participate in the Indigenous Literacy Foundation Book Swap on September 2 which raises money for literacy resources in remote indigenous communities. Later that day we invite families to once again experience the pleasure of reading together for a Family Reading Afternoon.

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So join in and celebrate the wonders of reading.

The Simple Act of Reading

Recently on ABC Radio writer Debra Adelaide discussed her new book The Simple Act of Reading. In the book scientific studies are cited that show reading is good for us, fiction in particular. The research out of Stanford Universtity shows that the structure of story is fundamental to who we are as human beings and creating stories is about creating ourselves and our history.

This is because stories have a beginning, a middle and an end and that encourages the brain to think sequentially and link cause and effect. When young children are encouraged to read, this response is much quicker because their brains are more plastic. This development is very important.

Another study showed that reading fiction helps us to develop more empathy. So it is desirable that we read for enjoyment but we can know that it is also good for our brains.

So with the science in, encourage your your chilidren to read and write. The library has a large, varied and current collection of fiction and students are welcome to request books for purchase. We are also very fortunate to have wonderful public libraries and book shops nearby for browsing and selecting appealing stories.

New books in the library this week include:



Happy Reading!

Encouraging Reluctant Readers

Last week we had a very successful Book Fair in the Library. The library benefits from book fairs by receiving commission on sales which means more resources for the students. The students enjoy the buzz around the book fair and the experience of choosing books to purchase.

For the reluctant reader this is a great opportunity to find a book that might interest and engage them. The list below (thanks to The Kid’s Bookshop) offers 10 tips for reluctant readers.

  1. Model good reading behaviour.
  2. Let the reader take control of their reading choices.
  3. Encourage all types of reading – books, newspapers, magazines, blogs and other digital content.
  4. Try a range of genre and format – fiction, non-fiction, music/lyrics, quiz and joke books, recipes and other activity based books.
  5. Taps into areas of passion and interest – sport, dance, humour, music, gaming, current affairs, cooking, film etc.
  6. Develop your reader beyond the reading experience – website visits, festival visits, library visits, communication with authors or illustrators.
  7. Ensure that the shared reading experience continues after your child can read independently.
  8. Think about the way your child learns – visually, musically, mathematically and select books accordingly e.g. graphic novels, non-fiction for ‘snippets’ of information, Footy record and Guinness Book of Records for statistical information, books on coding for computer-based learning.
  9. Start a book series – it is easier selecting the next book to read and your reader will feel more comfortable because it will be familiar.
  10. Get audio books or book apps

Nominations for Children’s Book Council Awards (CBCA)

Book of the Year: Younger Readers

Branford, Anna  Ill. Sarah Davis Violet Mackerel’s Possible Friend
Hunt, Julie  Song for a Scarlet Runner
Jinks, Catherine  City of Orphans: A Very Unusual
Jonsberg, Barry  My Life as an Alphabet
Wolfer, Dianne  Ill. Brian Simmonds Light Horse Boy

Book of the Year: Early Childhood

Brian, Janeen Ill. Ann James I’m a Dirty Dinosaur
Fox, Mem  Ill. Emma Quay Baby Bedtime
Gleeson, Libby  Ill. Freya Blackwood Banjo and Ruby Red
Lester, Alison  Kissed by the Moon
Ormerod, Jan  Ill. Andrew Joyner The Swap
Wolfer, Dianne  Ill. Karen Blair Granny Grommet and Me

Picture Book of the Year
Some of these books may be for mature readers (Arranged by illustrator)

Blackwood, Freya Text. Margaret Wild The Treasure Box
Bland, Nick King Pig
Graham, Bob Silver Buttons
Ottley, Matt Text. Danny Parker Parachute
Smith, Craig Text. Doug MacLeod The Windy Farm
Tan, Shaun  Rules of Summer

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
NB: These books are intended an audience birth to 18 years.

Faille, Christopher Ill. Danny Snell Jeremy
Gouldthorpe, Peter Ice, Wind, Rock
Greenwood, Mark Ill. Terry Denton Jandamarra
Ham, Paul ed Yoko’s Diary: The Life of a Young Girl in Hiroshima
Murdie, Rae Ill. Chris Nixon Meet… Captain Cook
Burarrwanga, Laklak and Family Welcome To My Country