Book Week is celebrated each year in late August. This annual event highlights the importance of reading and celebrates the beauty of Australian stories.
Book Week is about encouraging students to read; to learn about new and exciting literature; to discuss their favourite authors and illustrators and to revisit old favourites. This week of celebration is to give us time to think about the role books and stories play in our lives. We can all reflect on books and stories we have loved in our childhood and why we loved them. Book Week is a celebration of learning and a time to remember the fun we can have delving into new books.
This year is the 70th Anniversary of Book Week in Australia. The theme of Book Week this year is ‘Australia: Story Country’. Australia is well known for having some of the most amazing authors and illustrators who produce quality picture books for children. We are also a country of stories and the goal is to celebrate both the physical stories we read and those of Australia’s rich history and culture.
Book Week is a time where the library will have stimulating and interesting displays for students and the community. There is also a focus on books which have been shortlisted by the Children’s Book Council of Australia and identified as the ‘best’ books released for children over the preceding twelve months. The winners of these awards are announced during Book Week (22-26th August).
This year at Belair Public School we have tied our Education Week and Book Week celebrations together in a week of events that recognise the joy of learning and reading.
We truly hope you can join us to engage with the wonderful activities we have on during the week, culminating with our Book Parade on Thursday.