Book Week 2018

I had to laugh last week when I saw a post on Twitter that read “It’s un-Australian to have two leadership challenges during the week that parents are trying to prepare Book Week parade outfits”. Clearly politics didn’t get in the way of Kew Primary parents – Ruth Woolven reports on Book Week and our wonderful parade.

As we close the book on another Book Week, let’s look at what the students have been doing.

In the weeks leading into Book Week all classes shared the picture books shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) awards. These are Australian books that are recognised for their literary merit and for the way the text and illustrations work together. The students in Years 3 -6 voted for the book they thought should win the prize. Our school choice, Mopoke was named a notable book and the CBCA selected A Walk in the Bush as the winner.

Find your Treasure was the theme for Book Week this year and we certainly had some treasures in the costume department for our parade.

The costumes were amazing. Thank you to all students and family members who helped with the creative process and hopefully it was not too stressful. I noted with amusement on Friday that an ABC journalist tweeted her dismay at there being two leadership spills in a week when Book Week costume creation was required.

At KPS we continued our celebration of reading and books with visits from two authors. Mark Wilson entertained Preps, Years 1 and 2, while Gabrielle Wang shared her writing and research processes with Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. Both are author/illustrators and had all students creating wonderful drawings in a very short time. Here is a selection of Peng, a mythical Chinese character created by Gabrielle. By the end of the week all Gabrielle’s books had been borrowed from the library – a good result.

Mark taught students to draw a variety of creatures including whales, turtles and quolls. They both made it seem so easy by breaking down the process into achievable steps – everyone had a drawing to take away. Many students and staff shared with me afterwards how much they enjoyed the sessions.

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