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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 your public library or local bookshop.
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.
The CBCA announce the Children's book of the year awards in categories for older readers, younger readers, early childhood, picture booksand the Eve Pownall award for information books. The Crichton Award for new illustrators and a range of other CBCA awards are also made.
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 drawing on ideas such as those below to encourage
The Australian Curriculum. English literature strand includes a substrand on Responding to literature and its focus thread Personal responses to the ideas, characters and viewpoints in texts runs from Foundation to Year 10. Teachers in WA public schools can access links specific to each content description in this substrand.
Page last updated 18 December 2013