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Reading: Book Week

Exploring the wonderful world of books and reading at Norwood

Each year since 1945 the CBCA has brought children and books together across Australia through CBCA Book Week. During this time schools and public libraries spend one glorious week celebrating books and Australian children's authors and illustrators.

CBCA Book Week has had a slogan since 1945. Until 1987 CBCA Branches had created their own posters to illustrate the themes and promote events. Since 1987 there has been a national theme which is chosen and voted on by the CBCA members. Artwork is developed by a winner of the previous year's CBCA Book of the Year Awards and used for CBCA Book Week promotional material and merchandise.

This year's theme is Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other WorldsThis theme celebrates all the worlds we step into when we read a book, whether it's a fantastical world like The Chronicles of Narnia or our very own world, just from a new and exciting perspective. Our Book Week activities will be posted here and on the Norwood Library Instagram which you can find here.


Book Week is all about celebrating the wonderful world of books, and as much as we would love to be celebrating together in person there's no reason why we can't celebrate at home. Try one or all of our daily activities to spread the joy of books! (And remember if you'd like your creation posted on the Norwood Library instagram, be sure to email them to

Day One: Cook Book

Harry Potter Birthday Cake from Hagrid - Icing on the Bake

Source: Icing on the Bake

We start off Book Week with a bang with our Cook Book challenge! Today's challenge is to make a dish inspired by a book. This could be marmalade sandwich like Paddington Bear, or the cake Hagrid baked for Harry Potter. Let your imagination run wild!


Day Two: Reading Rainbow

book rainbow by emilyjmead | Book worms, Bookstagram, Book aesthetic

Source: Emily Kate

We know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but we can't deny that some book covers are too nice to resist! Using books you have at home, create a rainbow! And if you don't have enough at home, why not make a slideshow of some your favourite covers using an online editor like Canva.


Day Three: Book Parade

21 Last Minute DIY Book Week Dress Ups for Kids - Clean Eating with kids

Source: Clean Eating with Kids

Everyone knows that the best part of Book Week was always the Book Parade. Why not recreate the magic of the Book Parade at home by making a costume of a favourite book character for yourself, your pet or a favourite toy with whatever you have lying around at home? The more creative the better! Use newspaper, old sheets, yarn, paper plates or anything else you can find to make your costume.


Day Four: Make a Sentence

stephanie grable (@MrsGLibrary) | Twitter

Source: Stephanie Grable

Using only book titles make a sentence! This can be tricky so you can use titles of books you find online if you need to and make a slideshow like in the Reading Rainbow challenge.


Day Five: Become a Book Reviewer!

opened book on grass during daytime

Source: Annelies Geneyn

One of the best part about reading is sharing your favourite books with others, so why not make a review of one of your favourite books! This could be a word document, a poster or even a video; whatever you want! Be sure to send it to us so we can share it on our Instagram!