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Reading enrichment programmes are greatly enlivened through student participation in literary events run throughout the year. Library displays and classroom activities can be productively linked to these literary events. Schools may also organise author and illustrator visits and residencies.
Watch for events advertised through:
Children’s book week, run by the Children's Book Council of Australia is the longest running children's festival in Australia. Schools and public libraries all over Australia spend the week celebrating books and Australian authors and illustrators and teachers and libraries develop all kinds of activities relating to the year’s theme to highlight the importance and joy of reading.
Other related literary events provide reading enrichment activities throughout the year:
Australian and overseas book awards for children's and young adult literature can be used by teachers to promote an interest in reading. Awards include literary awards judged by adults, and children's choice awards in which children vote for their favourite title. Major literary awards for adults may be of interest to senior literature students and teachers.
Many school libraries run a range of literature promotion activities to encourage individual responses and group discussions. This includes activities such as book clubs, book raps, graffitti walls, graphic novels, literature circles, picture book responses and/or readers' theatre. For other ideas, click on the links below.
Page last updated 17 April 2014