Book Week 2017

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Book Week 2017

Dates: 18 August 2016 to 25 August 2017

Theme: Escape to Everywhere

Children’s Book Week celebrates its 72nd birthday in 2017, making it the longest running children’s festival in Australia. It is organised by the Childrens Book Council of Australia. The week aims to celebrate the achievements of Australian books, authors and illustrators.


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suri-s-wall Molly-and-Pim-Murray

Two incursion performances by Perform Educational Musicals will be happening on Tuesday 16th August, books above will be highlighted during the performance.

Shortlist books 2016:

Younger Readers

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sister-heart-morgan shadows-of-the-master-rodda Molly-and-Pim-Murray

Picture Books

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one-step-at-a-time and-the-band-played-waltzing-matilda suri-s-wall

Early Childhood

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Premiers Reading Challenge 2017


The 14th year of the Premier’s Reading Challenge for 2017 has begun and is due by 8th September, 2017.

For the first time, there will be a reader for life hall of fame award presented to students who have completed the Premies Reading Challenge 14 times

You need to read and record on your reading record sheet 12 books to complete the challenge.

8 books must be from the Premier’s Reading list and 4 books can be 4 of your own choosing. We have labelled books on the Premier’s Reading list with coloured dots to make it easier for you to find them on our shelves. Red dots Years R – 2, Green dots years 3 -5 and yellow dots for years 6 and 7.

The premiers Reading Challenge continues to be an important initiative that supports the State Government’s commitment to improve literacy skills of young South Australians and encourage them to enjoy reading.

Every students who completes the challenge and hands in their ‘Reading Record Sheet’ receives an award. The awards are as follows.

First year – Certificate

Second year – Bronze medal

Third year – Silver medal

Fourth year – Gold medal

Fifth year – Champion medal

Sixth year – Legend medal

Seventh year – Hall of Fame medal (you need to elect to have your name appear on the PRC Hall of Fame Honour Roll on the PRC website)

Eighth year  – Hall of Fame Reader for Life certificate

Ninth Year – Hall of Fame reader for life Bronze award

Tenth Year – Hall of  Fame reader for life Silver award

Eleventh Year – Hall of  Fame reader for life Gold award

Twelfth Year – Hall of  Fame reader for life Champion award

Thirteenth Year – Hall of  Fame reader for life Legend award

Fourteeth Year – Hall of  Fame reader for life 

For further information visit the Premier’s Reading Challenge Website.

Happy Reading

New Books – Week 5, term 2

You can reserve any of the new books below plus plenty more at the library!

Picture Books

My Friend Ernest

My Friend Ernest



Junior Fiction

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The Chicken Pox Panic

the bippolo seed

The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories


EJ 12 Spooked!

EJ 12 Spooked!



Captain Jimmy Cook discovers third grade


Accidental Adventurer

Finding Premiers Reading Challenge Books via the Web OPAC

Did you know there is a really easy way to find books that are on the Premiers Reading challenge list?

All you need to do is go to the Web OPAC and click on “Quick Lists”. This will give you a drop down box which has all the books for R-2, 3-5 and 6-9.

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Click on the year level you would like and it will give you a list of all the books for that year level.

R-2 PRC books

The books that have a green circle with a number in it are books that are available, the books that have a red circle with a zero in it are unavailable however you can reserve these books.

On the left side of the screen you can filter your search by type, genre and series.

Quite simple really!

Book Week 2015

Books Light Up Our World

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Book Week will be held from the 22nd to 28th August. 2015 is the 70th anniversary of Book Week. To help us celebrate, the Splash Theatre Company will perform the ‘Book Show’ for all classes from Reception to year 7 on Tuesday 11th August. Our annual book fair will be held in the library from the 26/8/15 to the 2/9/15. The theme for Book Week is “Books Light up our World”. 2015 has also been proclaimed as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. Its aim is to highlight the importance of light and optical technologies in people’s lives, their futures, and for the development of society. Click on the image below for resources on light and optics.


Books that have been short listed for Book Week are on display in the library along with  the Children’s Book Week resource book.cfd9e269abf09bdcff334f62de2d8c57

PETAA has created curriculum-based classroom units of work, for shortlisted books in the six categories of the annual CBCA awards.

PETAA Teachers’ Guide to the 2015 CBCA Book of the Year Awards (Password Protected)

Younger Readers

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Review of Two Wolves – Children’s Books Daily
Two Wolves – Teacher Resources

Figgy in the World
Tamsin Janu
Figgy in the World Teacher Notes

Judith Rossell
Withering-by-Sea Teacher Notes

Steven Herrick
Bleakboy and Hunter Stand Out in the Rain – Teacher Notes






Libby Gleeson
Freya Blackwood
Freya Blackwood’s Blog



simple things
Beth Norling




Early Childhood



Aaron Blabey
Pig the Pug – Teacher Notes

scary night
Lesley Gibbes
Stephen Michael King
Scary Night – Teacher Notes
Scary Night Activity – The Little Big Book Club


Go to Sleep Jessie


Libby Gleeson
Freya Blackwood – Go to Sleep Jesse
Go to Sleep Jesse – Teacher Notes


A House of her Own


Thursday Talk & Tea with Jonathan Bentley
A House of Her Own – Teacher Notes
More Teacher Resources


Snail and Turtle are friends

Stephen Michael King
Snail and Turtle are Friends – Teacher Notes


Noni the Pony

Alison Lester
Noni the Pony – Teacher Notes
More Teacher Notes and activities



Picture Book of the Year


Trace Balla
Rivertime – Teacher Notes
More Teacher Notes



My Two Blankets


Freya Blackwood – My Two Blankets
My Two Blankets – Teacher Notes
Teacher Notes 2
The Little Big Book Club Activities

One Minute's Silence


Reading Time Review
One Minutes Silence- Teacher Notes
Author Interview
Illustrator Interview



Glenda Millard 
The Duck and the Darklings – Teacher Notes
Teacher Notes 2


Ritva Voutila
The Stone Lion – Teacher Notes
Teacher Notes 2


Jackie French
Bruce Whatley
Fire – Teacher Notes
Teacher Notes 2

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

A-Z of Convicts
An interview with Simon – ABC
Simon Barnard
A-Z of Convicts – Teacher Notes


Coming of Age
Demet Divaroren
Amra Pajalic
Teaching Notes

Mary's Australia


Pamela Freeman
Mary McKillop and the Black Dress
Mary’s Australia – Teacher notes


Tea and Sugar Christmas
Jane Jolly
National Library of Australia Blog
Tea and Sugar Christmas – Teacher Notes
Teacher Notes 2 – Exploring Australia by Train
Teacher Notes 3 – History Unit – How has our community changed? What features have been lost or retained?



Claire Saxby
Graham Byrne
Emu – Teacher Notes






Activities for Book Week

The Book Chook – Activity for Children’s Book Week 2015, Activities for Children’s Book week, Ideas for Performance, Ideas for Display

Mrs B’s 2015 Shortlist Activities

Mrs Mac’s Library

Bookmarks for Children’s Book Week

On a Beam of Light – A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne