Usually schools and libraries across Australia spend time during the week celebrating books by doing different activities. Some of these activities may involve reading books, having competitions, or perhaps even making their own book or writing a story. The core focus really being to highlight the importance of reading.
This year's theme is "Books light up our world". In our house, picture books and story books have made a big difference. Luckily we kept introducing more books to our son when he was young and each birthday and Christmas he would receive more new books to add to his collection. They've widened his knowledge of children in other countries and other cultures, he's learned some science, and used that wonderful imagination he has. He's also read books about feelings, and lots of fun books like Dr Seuss and Scooby Doo! He has learnt a lot from looking at the pictures and now builds his vocabulary.
1. Read a new story book (pick one shortlisted for an award this year)
2. Make up your own shortlisted favourite books at home, with your child picking the winner
3. Do a craft activity related to one of the books your child is reading, or their favourite book
4. Swap some books with some friends
5. This week would be a good time to organise your child's books onto their own shelf, or make a comfy reading corner for them. There's lots of inspiration on our Pinterest account.
6. If you don't already have a library card, take your child to the local library and sign up. They will be so excited to see all the books and we think they will have a hard time deciding which books to take out.
7. Now, what kid doesn't like dress ups! Do a Google search for ideas for book week, and you'll find some costume ideas. If your school does dress ups for book week, now's the time to start talking to your child about what they want to dress up as.
So what will you do with your kids for Book Week 2015? What does 'Books light up our world' mean to you?
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