Book week started on Friday 17th August with a Hollywood themed dinner with the WA branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia.
Guest speaker A.J. Betts entertained us with tips she’d picked up during production of Zac & Mia TV Series (based on her novel) and later during her visit to attend the Daytime Emmys.
Monday featured Book Character Dress Up Day – a chance to be very eighties and channel Fancy Nancy.
This years Book Week theme is ‘Find Your Treasure’
Who would find the treasure first?
Or the students?
Students had to find answers to questions in bottles or rebus questions, most requiring them to search on both the Library OPAC or Google (and sometimes both!) in order to ‘claim’ their treasure
The level of difficulty of the question determined what prize box they could ‘claim’ a treasure from.
On Wednesday I had to strap in Pepsi’s stunt double to head off to Cambridge Library.
Youth Services Librarian, Melissa Payne introduced all my sessions and even this potato loving author learnt something.
With over 4,000 edible variety’s of potatoes in Peru (including purple ones!) I’ve now got a new travel destination on my bucket list.
The Year 6s came on a writing journey with me, learning how to turn real life events into fiction, ending with a scurryfundge.
Then the Year 1s, and Pre-primary students got to make their very own Canine Story Advisor – I hope they’re not as troublesome as mine (although you do need a spot of trouble to make a story interesting!)
Many thanks are extended to Cambridge Library for inviting me and to the Children’s Book Council of WA (and their fabulous Book Week sponsors — The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Lotterywest and Healthway through their Go for 2&5 message) for making both my visit – and author visits all around the state possible, exposing students to the love of reading.
Meanwhile back at school, my kidlets were still busy finding answers and claiming treasure. In fact, I run out of pins to display all their answers and have another stack of answers in my desk draw!
Book Week is always a busy and important time, and I think this year’s Book Week was the best so far … but I say that every year!