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Promoting reading

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Children’s book week

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:

  • Make your own book competition
  • Displays and activities around the theme for the year. CBCA's website is a rich source for poster and other merchandise.
  • Young reader's shadowing the Book of the Year judging after the Short list and Notables are announced
  • Children's book week activities. Search online for the plethara of suggested and book related activities posted once the Shortlist is announced.
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Literary awards

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.

Australian awards

International awards

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Reading enrichment activities

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

Promoting reading
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