Book Week 2019

Hooray! It’s Book Week. Although I think every week is a ‘book week’ (without the costumes), I do love this special celebration. If you need some ideas for the parade (because there’s still plenty of time!), check out previous Book Week posts.

Thanks to our tremendous librarian Ruth for this week’s post. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Book Week Parade (advance warning!)

*to be read in the voice of a Junior School student*

Dear Mum and Dad,

You know the Book Week Parade* is coming up, right? Well, I really have to get my costume sorted out.

I’ve been scouring Pinterest for weeks. Did you know that there are loads of great costume ideas on Pinterest? I’ve made a shortlist of thirty and I’ll probably have narrowed it down to ten by next week. I can hear you saying that there’s not much time to make an elaborate costume but rest assured that I will have picked my favourite by the night before the Parade. At the latest. Continue reading

Escape to Everywhere – Book Week 2017

The Book Week parade… Every year it thrills kids but sends a ripple of fear through parents, when elaborate costume plans are announced the night before the parade!

Despite the costume-making-mayhem that no doubt goes on, our Book Week parade is always brilliant and 2017 was no exception. Ruth Woolven recaps –

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Our treasured library and our valuable librarian

library-6Many things come to mind when I think about my primary school librarian – she was the first port of call when we had a project to do; she was recommender of new books that I might like (hello Judy Blume); she was maker of amazing displays (I never knew I wanted to learn so much about the solar system until I saw her arrangement of books, foam balls hanging from the ceiling to represent the planets and a paper black hole); she was auditor of the MS Read-a-thon; she was driver of the microfiche; and she was also keeper of Where Did I Come From? (a book that only the grade six students were allowed free access to!). Continue reading

Books Light Up Our World

This week’s post comes from Ruth Woolven, our school librarian (but it introduces some of my favourite events – Book Week and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation Book Swap – so expect to hear more about these things over the coming weeks).

childrens-book-week-2015Every week in the Library we recognise and encourage the joy of reading. In Term 3 the excitement escalates with the celebration of Book Week (Saturday 22 August – Friday 28 August) and the awarding of the 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year. All classes will explore the nominated books in the coming weeks. Continue reading

Spilling the secrets on an author’s life

sue-g-4Last Sunday marked the end of the Melbourne Writers Festival for another year. The last few weeks in August are always an excellent time for keen readers and writers in Melbourne (and the world – it’s an international event) – there are all sorts of workshops, exhibitions, author talks and panel discussions. And the best part of it is that students get to be involved. This year, Kew Primary had visits from two authors, Sue deGennaro and Simon Mitchell, as well as a Grade 5 excursion to hear Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton speak.

Ruth Woolven, our manager of all things bookish, tells us a bit about Sue and Simon’s classroom visits – Continue reading