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.
Each year, the CBCA provide wonderful Book Week merchandise. You can see the merchandise range at CBCA’s online store or via your state’s CBCA branch.
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: Literary Signpost
Book Week 2016: Costume Ideas
Book Week 2016: Activities
Book Week 2016: Activities #2
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.
Book Week 2016: Literary Signpost
Book Week 2016: Costume Ideas
Book Week 2016: Activities
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Book Week 2016 – Activity Ideas, Vol. 2
Looking for fun ways to engage readers this Book Week? Here are a few more activity ideas, both my own and adaptions from others’, for this year’s Book Week. Also, check out my post Book Week 2016 – Activities Ideas post.
Book in a jar: This is already a wildly popular guessing competition. Give it a Book Week 2016 twist by choosing an Aussie title to shred (or cut into squares).
Who Am I?: I was born in 1974 in Bendigo, Victoria. Before becoming an author I was an actor, university lecturer and artist. I write and illustrate books for children. This year, my book is nominated for Book of the Year: Early Childhood. Who am I?
The name you know me by is actually a pseudonym, a fake name to conceal my identity. I grew up in Sydney. I have written over 50 books for children. This year, my novel has been shortlisted for Book of the Year: Younger Readers. Who am I?
This guessing competition might also need a few author information posters displayed nearby or perhaps hidden around the library, or students can use their devices or the books’ author pages to find details to help them solve the clues.
Book Week 2016 – Activity Ideas
Book Week is a fantastic time for promoting libraries and engaging readers in a variety of activities to increase their connection with reading, Australian literature and library services. Here are just a few activity ideas, both my own and adaptions from others’, for this year’s Book Week.
Guest storyteller: Many libraries are fortunate to be able to afford a special guest visitor or author during the Book Week celebrations. This year storytellers, performers and Indigenous storytellers are sure to be popular. But if the budget doesn’t stretch to such an event, perhaps look within the library or school community. I’m sure someone within that population sticks out as a person who is good at spinning a yarn or has a knack for making a story spring to life. And if you still can’t find a willing victim, perhaps try an online video or retelling.
Group storytelling: Story cards and dice, such as Rory’s Story Cubes, are excellent for promoting storytelling with a group. While any story cards or flip chart would work I particularly like the Story Cubes (no, I’m not being paid to write this), as they are so tactile and pretty. But a cube net that students can create and design their own set of cubes would also work.
Giant Board Games
Bingo: I’ve promoted this Reading Bingo from Random House before, but I think it would make an excellent giant bingo game. Create a giant board by enlarging each square and laminating. You would also need smaller copy to cut up and place in a container from which to randomly draw each square. As a square is drawn players have to name a title that fits, e.g. A Book That Became A Movie – The Hobbit. Write the book title on the square on the giant board (use a whiteboard marker so that it can be erased to play multiple times). This could be played competitively, with the names of students also listed on the squares, in teams or simply to see how quickly a group can fill the whole grid or one line.
Scrabble or Bananagrams: Check out this post from Constantly Lovestruck about a giant game of bananagrams, with a list of how many tiles you will need of each letter.
Pac-Man: This librarian created a giant Pac-Man board on the floor of her library. Details can be found on the blog Tvahlsing.
Guess Who: I have seen giant Guess Who games and DIY Guess Who games using everyone from Bible characters to US Presidents. I would make a giant Guess Who game using book characters. You could use animated characters from popular titles such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid or instead use the actors that have become the iconic representations of book characters.
Book Week 2016 – Display Ideas
The theme for Book Week 2016, Australia: Story Country, offers plenty of great ways to celebrate and decorate!!! Here are some of the ways I hope to decorate the library for this year’s Book Week.
Every year the library displays the books on the Book of the Year Short list, which you can find on the CBCA website. This year a backdrop of hessian and Aussie road signs will decorate this display and give it an Aussie touch.
Under the Shade of A Coolibah Tree
I plan to update the Reading Tree to a Coolibah Tree, like the one mentioned in Waltzing Matilda, changing the leaves to gumtree-shaped leaves.
With a few neutral coloured pieces of fabric, the bench seats will feel a little more outback-like and a fake campfire in the centre of the area will create a great space to gather for storytelling. Hanging stars will give the area an-outdoor, storytelling under the stars feel.
Book Week 2016 – Costumes
If you like to match your Book Week costume to the theme, represent a literary character or maybe try to do both then the 2016 theme gives you plenty of room to move. Australia: Story Country is a theme that lets one explore all the wonders of Australian fiction, storytelling, writing, history, culture and pretty much anything else you want. Here are some of my ideas for costumes that fit with the 2016 Book Week theme. Continue reading