Book Week celebrations showcase members’ creativity

Plenty of imagination, coloured cardboard, pens, glue and crepe paper have been used in public school libraries around the state in preparation for the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book Week, running until 23 October.

In addition to enticing book displays, teacher-librarian members have been seen dressed up as book characters, all in the name of creating additional excitement about books amongst their students.

Federation recognises that the annual event — celebrating Australian children’s books, authors and illustrators — provides a wonderful opportunity for members to highlight the importance of reading, in an effort to increase literacy levels.

Officer attached to Federation’s Teacher-Librarian Special Interest Group Kelly Marks said qualified teacher-librarians play a valuable role in assist students to access reading materials suited to their ability, their age and their interest, including supporting individual students that are struggling with reading and those for whom English is an additional language or dialect.

Book Week has been running for 75 years and this year’s theme is “Curious Creatures, Wild Minds”.

The Children’s Book Council of Australia has a range of Book Week resources available on its website.

Members may also be interested in the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year winners.

Teacher-librarians may also be interested in the union’s Teacher-Librarian Special Interest Group.