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Ten ways to celebrate children's books in Canberra
Welcome to Children's Book Week 2019!
It's that time of the year again when Australia's children and books come together in the biggest celebration of Australian children's literature. Hosted by the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA), Children's Book Week runs this year from August 17-23, and you will find schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children all across the country celebrating all things books and reading!
Every year Children's Book Week has a special theme, and this year's theme is 'Reading is my secret power'. Here are some of the ways you and your children can celebrate your secret powers during Book Week in Canberra.
1. Support your local bookshop on 'Love your Bookshop Day' Celebrate Book Week early by visiting your local bookshop and celebrating 'Love your bookshop' day on Saturday August 10. Join in the all-day fun at Paperchain Bookstore in Manuka with storytime, author signings, a costume competition, book lover raffle and so much more. Harry Hartog Bookseller in Woden will also have a fun day of books, competitions, freebies and an all-day revolving signing table! And Bookface Gungahlin will also celebrate the day with storytime, author signings, a fancy dress competition, games, freebies and more.
2. Attend the 'Book of the Year' Announcement Ceremony at the National Library. Every year the CBCA gives out special 'Book of the Year' awards. Find out who the 2019 winners will be at this year's Book of the Year Announcement Ceremony. To be held at the National Library of Australia (downstairs theatre) at 11.30am on Friday, August 16.
3. Visit the Story Time exhibition at the National Library. On August 22, the fabulous 'Story Time' exhibition will open at the National Library of Australia. Story Time is a free exhibition of Australian children's literature from the colonial period through to the present day. This exhibition will reacquaint you with old friends and introduce you to new ones. It will take you on a nostalgic tour through childhood, looking at the works of great Australian authors and illustrators including Bronwyn Bancroft, Mem Fox, May Gibbs, Bob Graham, Emily Rodda, Ivan Southall, Shaun Tan and Ethel Turner. Until February 9, 2020. Go here for more details.
4. Visit your local library. There's lots happening at your local library during Children's Book Week including special Book Week storytimes at various locations from August 19-21, a very special Possum Magic event at Gungahlin Library on August 21, and a very special book launch by local author Angela Ball at Civic Library on August 21. For more information, please visit the Libraries ACT webpage here.
5. Get involved in the 2019 Reading Challenge. It's not too late to start the Libraries ACT 2019 reading Challenge. And there's no better time than Children's Book Week to really strengthen your reading secret power skills.
6. Get involved in your local school's Children's Book Week events.
Your children's school will definitely be celebrating Children's Book Week this term. So why not find out what's happening and how you can be involved?
7. Get your Book Week costumes sorted. Book Week usually means costumes! So get be super ready and get your children's costumes sorted out now. Kmart has many costume choices that won't break your budget. Check them out here. You can also check out Big W's range, or order your costumes online via Costume Box and Discount Party Supplies. For more Book Week costume ideas, go here.
8. Be enchanted by the free reading sessions at Quizzic Alley. Quizzic Alley, Canberra's purveyor extraordinaire of all things Harry Potter, will be holding free reading sessions on August 14 and 15 from 11am, August 21 and 23 at 11am, and August 24 at 9.30am. Everyone is welcome - readers and non-readers, children of all ages, parents, grandparents, friends. Come along and listen as one of Quizzic Alley's wizards or professors reads a few chapters from their favourite Harry Potter book or one of the books from the Hogwarts Library, including the delightful Tales from Beadle the Bard. Although all sessions are free, please support The Smith Family's children's literacy program by making a gold coin donation. Quizzic Alley is located at 5 Pirie Street, Fyshwick.
9. Give generously to the Children's Book Council of Australia ACT Branch's (CBCA ACT) Christmas Book Appeal. Each year the Children's Book Council of Australia ACT Branch holds a Christmas Book Appeal for books to be donated to local charities and refuges as Christmas gifts for disadvantaged children. The CBCA ACT aims to collect more than 2,000 books to give to children in need this Christmas. Please support the appeal by donating new books for children and teenagers aged 0-18 years at any ACT library during opening hours from 1 – 31 August.
10. Read, read, read!
It's Children's Book Week, after all! So try to set aside at least thirty minutes each day during Book Week (and every other day throughout the year, in fact!) to read with your children.
For more information on Children's Book Week 2019, please visit the CBCA website here.
Happy Children's Book Week, Canberra!
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