Dr Seuss Day is celebrated on the 2nd March each year. While in the USA this day is celebrated as Read Across America Day, the 2nd of March marks Dr Seuss’s birthday. Wherever you are from or which ever event you choose it celebrate, it is the perfect opportunity to promote the wonderful written creations of the very clever Dr Seuss.
This display is a work in progress. So far, I have added the wording, bunting, a tree made from book leaves, vines and a lighthouse. There are some key words in the clouds (escape, explore, adventure, freedom, retreat) and giant flowers, which our students made in the makerspace under the guidance of one of our very clever librarians. The inspiration for this display comes from a combination of the image from the Alice in Wonderland movie posters and the Pinkalicious books by Victoria Kann.
2017 marks 30 Years of Where’s Wally. We decided this momentous occasion called for celebration.
Where’s Wally Display
They were also offering a limited supply of free party packs, including balloons, a large Wally standee, a huge poster, activity sheets and stickers! We were fortunate to be sent one of the party packs. You can see the giant Where’s Wally poster and the Wally standee in the picture to the left.
Book Week 2017 – Competition Ideas
Book Week is the perfect time to encourage readers to engage with libraries. I have found that running competitions is a great way to connect with students. Here are a few competitions ideas that can also be used to tie in with this year’s theme, Escape To Everywhere.
CBCA Shortlist Winner Guessing Competition
Who will win Book of the Year? The CBCA Shortlist can be found on their website. Every year during Book Week, our library displays the Short-listed books and encourages students to guess which book will win in each category. I simply added a picture of each cover into a Word document to create an entry form. Students circle the book they think will win. Alternatively, you could create a point-counting systems with stickers or counters.
Bookmark Design Competition
Students are encouraged to design a bookmark that ties into the Book Week theme. The winning designs are then reproduced and shared with other readers.
A literary scavenger hunt. Ten clues are compiled that relate to the Book Week theme, book quote posters and current library displays. Students then hunt around the library to find the answers. Examples of questions for this year include…
- Complete the quote by J.K Rowling. ““I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very______ can happen when you read a good book.”
- Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund escape to Narnia through what? ____________________
Book Week 2017 – Display Ideas
The theme for Book Week 2017 is Escape To Everywhere. This theme offers so much potential and scope, depending on how you want to interpret both ‘Escape’ and ‘Everywhere.’
The artwork for this year’s Book Week theme was created by Freya Blackwood, giving it an ethereal and wondrous look. You can order official merchandise from CBCA.
Theme colours and fonts
Something I like to do with my displays and Book Week signs is to match the theme colours and fonts. The fonts I found that best match are KG Luck of the Irish for the Escape To Everywhere wording and Mentone for the CBCA Book Week lettering, both of which can be found on dafont.com.
I love the flying whale that dominates this year’s Book Week artwork. I would love to create a display featuring our own version of this whale. Perhaps, start with an outline of a whale and let the students fill it with patterns, pictures, and favourite book covers.
Doors, windows, walls, mirrors, and wardrobes
What’s your favourite escape? I love the emphasis this year’s Book Week theme can give to fantasy. I have a large box sitting in the library’s storage area just waiting to be turned into a magical portal into another world. The only question is if it will be Narnia’s wardrobe, Dr Who’s Tardis, Harry’s platform wall, or Alice’s looking glass? Check out my Platform 9 3/4 display.
Book Week 2017 – Activity Ideas
Book Week is such an exciting time for celebrating books, libraries and readers. Here are a few ideas for Book Week activities, fitting in with this year’s theme Escape To Everywhere.
Have you ever been locked in a room with a group of people and given clues to help you escape? Sounds fun. LibraryLady Nicole has provided a detailed manual for an escape room, which she used in her own library. Her Escape Room Manual, provided in PDF form, is seriously epic, so look no further if you are interested in creating your own escape room.
Escape From the Library Game
Based on Chris Grabenstein’s book Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library this library Scavenger Hunt has been created by several librarians and Chris Grabenstein himself. Access the instructions from Chris Grabenstein’s website.
Design a travel poster to your favourite fictional escape. These beautiful examples listed on Buzz Feed will provide some inspiration.
Postcards from Far Away
Just like the crayons in The Day The Crayons Came Home written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, write a postcard from your favourite getaway destination.
Escape Reality Poster
What is your ideal escape? Take a photo and edit in your escape. Photoshop skills required. I’m still working out the details for this comp, but I’m sure our senior students will love to have a play with this.
Book Week 2017
The theme for Book Week 2017 has been announced – Escape to Everywhere
Book Week 2017 will run from the 18 -25 of August 2017.
Some Book Week themes offer so much potential and Escape to Everywhere is certainly one of those. We all know books offer the perfect escape. Want to travel the world, fight dragons, time travel, fall in love, or survive school? Well, look no further than your nearest bookshelf. But libraries offer an escape also, a place to relax, learn, discover, experiment and create…the options are endless.
The release of the Book Week theme artwork always helps direct the use of the theme, but I wanted to start throwing around ideas. So, here is my brainstorm results so far. Add your own ideas in the comments below.
Meanwhile, you can check out my Pinterest board, Library – Book Week, which I will be updating to reflect the 2017 theme.
Book Week 2016 – Rainbow Serpent
Inspired by Indigenous storytelling and Shaun Tan’s artwork for this year’s Book Week, I have created a large Rainbow Serpent to brighten up the entrance to the junior reading room.
I used 12 pieces of A3 cardboard joined together to make the serpent. I used Outback as the font to create the words on the serpent, which I downloaded from dafont. I simply printed the words I wanted and traced them onto the serpent.
The colouring was completed by my fabulous student helpers – anyone who was free during lunch breaks or after school and didn’t mind indulging in some relaxing colouring. I find the students love helping to create displays (especially when it involves colouring in) and it increases their connection to the finished display.
Book Week 2016 – Short list display
These are my displays promoting the Book of the Year Notables and Short list.
Inspired by Shaun Tan’s artwork this year, I have used red, orange and yellow as my main theme colours. I used Outback as the font, which I downloaded from dafont. Yellow and orange crepe paper in a simple twist pattern create a quick and easy border.
Both the Notables list and Short list can be found on the CBCA website.
Library Olympic Games – Library Activities
This is the second part in my Library Olympics prep – my display ideas can be found under Display: Olympic Games.
This library challenge is designed so that students can engage in a competitive but inclusive challenge to inspire them to read more, read with their friends and use books to help them complete fun tasks.
Students can complete any or all tasks individually or in teams. They will earn points for their class group or school house team.
Design your own flag. It can be a personal flag or make a team and share the design. We will display the flags with the other countries’ flags bunting, from Mr Printables.
Challenge 2: Paper plane making and flying competition
Create the most aerodynamic or the most fantastic looking paper plane. Create a paper plane that can fly the highest or do the most loops. We will test the planes during lunchtime outside the front of the library.
Challenge 3: Origami making
Using the library’s origami books, create an origami piece to add to our display. Can you create one that is sports themed?
Design a new set of Olympic Pictograms for reading in a variety of exciting ways. Reading while lying on the beach, reading while surfing, or maybe reading while riding a horse???
Challenge 5: Reading Challenge
This event is based on the Olympic Reading Challenge found on Mrs Mac’s Library.
Artistic Gymnastics: Read 3 Picture Books
100m Sprint: Read a short story (or book from the Easy Reads collection)
Marathon: Read for 30mins straight
Triathlon: Read 3 books by 3 different authors
Weightlifiting: Read a book of more than 200 pages
Relay: You and a friend read the same book.
Equestrian: Read a book about animals, fiction or non-fiction.