Book Week 2017 | Costume Ideas, Good Reads & More

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Parents are busy people. So sometimes annual events like Children’s Book Week and its associated dress-up parades can sneak up on you.

Fear not. Unless your school has already held their parade, you still have this weekend (August 20 and 21) to arrange a costume.

Book Week 2017 runs from 19 – 26 August and this year’s theme is Escape to Everywhere.

Book Week Costume Ideas

If you need some inspiration for your child’s Book Week costume here are some great ideas from Pinterest.

You can also draw on the creativity of other parents.  Simply google: “book week 2017 parade costume” and select images. This brings up an array of children’s book character costumes.

Book Week parades occur in many schools, and are just one of the many ways schools celebrate Book Week and the joy of reading.

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) said libraries, schools and communities across the country will showcase Australian literature with creative book displays and engaging activities and events during the week.

Great Reads for Kids

The CBCA has also announced the winners of its Children’s Book of the Year Awards.

Chair of the CBCA National Board Professor Margot Hillel OAM praised the calibre of creativity and talent of Australia’s authors and illustrators.

“The 2017 winning and honour books demonstrate why our creators are so highly regarded around the world, with beautiful prose, delightful illustrations and fascinating topics that are sure to delight generations of readers,” Professor Hillel said.

This year more than 400 titles were entered into the awards, with the winners including a scientist, a street artist, a radio producer and a seven-time CBCA award winner.

According to Professor Hillel: “in our long association with children’s literature, we continue to see the benefits reading brings across all age groups, from developing early literacy, to building story-telling skills and helping older readers tackle real-world problems.”