2023 Book Week

Bring on Book Week! For those of you who might be wondering what Book Week is, it is a national celebration of literature initiated by the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA). Here is a little information from their website (https://cbca.org.au/cbca-book-week):

Each year since 1945 the CBCA has brought children and books together across Australia through Children’s Book Week®. During this time schools and public libraries spend one glorious week celebrating books and Australian children’s authors and illustrators. Classroom teachers, teacher librarians and public librarians create colourful displays, develop activities, run competitions and tell stories relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading. You will often see parades with students dressed as their favourite book character.

This year’s theme is “READ, GROW, INSPIRE”.

Junior School Book Week celebrations will take place in Week 4, and activities will run across the Senior School during Week 5 – see the dates and events below.

Throughout Term 3, Library lessons across K-4 will focus on developing a love for and understanding of Australian literature, focusing especially on the shortlisted KOALA and CBCA books. Students will take part in discussions, activities, games and artmaking to celebrate Book Week, especially around Weeks 3-5 of the term. Year 5-6 students will have the opportunity to borrow some newly purchased shortlisted books. The decorations around the Library spaces will encourage students to read, grow and be inspired by books! ALL students K-6 are invited to participate in a range of different activities. Some great prizes to be won, some fantastic books to be read, lots of amazing, inspirational journeys to be had this term!

Junior School Book Week Activity…Save the Dates!


  • Tuesday 15 August – K-2 Ursula Dubosarsky author visit, 3-6 Matt Lin illustrator visit, bookshop & signing for both authors
  • Wednesday 16 August – Years 7-10 Wai Chim author visit
  • Thursday 17 August – 9:00-11:00am Book Parade & Picnic (all parents invited – come enjoy the fun, get dressed up if you want, coffee cart onsite! More information to come), Preschool, K-6 students.
  • Friday 18 August – Nat Amoore author visit for all K-6 students, bookshop & signing, assembly (parents invited)


  • Lunchtimes – Library craft, activities and competitions – K-6 in Junior Library
  • Reading Room – quote wall, guessing competitions, blind date with a book
  • A select group of students will be participating in the ‘Write A Book in A Day’ challenge to fundraise for the Kids Cancer Project. Stay tuned for how you can sponsor these teams!

For Junior School families: While more information will be shared regarding the Book Parade, here are some quick guidelines and recommendations that have been shared with students in our Library lessons…

  • Start thinking about and working on your Book Parade costume
  • Options could be to pick your favourite character, or favourite book, and start there
  • Try to be creative and resourceful – think about painting, sewing, upcyclinG
  • Talk with friends about what you could do together

To buy books for any visiting author (Ursula Duborsarsky, Wai Chim, Nat Amoore), please use this link: https://bestlittlebookshopintown.com/c/inaburra-book-week 

Using the discount code: “INABURRA” will give you a 10% discount. All books purchased will be delivered to school. Nat Amoore’s books can also be purchased on the day of her visit, Friday 18 August, at the bookshop.

Senior School – Author Visit

As part of this year’s Book Week activities our Year 7 to 10 students will be visited by Chinese American-Australian author, Wai Chim, who is a Kirkus Prize finalist in the US and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister Literary Awards in 2020. Wai Chim has written a number of children’s and young adult titles including Freedom Swimmer and The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling.

We will be hosting our special visit from our guest author in the PAC on Wednesday 16 August.

If you would like to pre-purchase any of Wai Chim’s books, a 10% discount is available for all Inaburra families by using code INABURRA (caps lock) at checkout:  https://bestlittlebookshopintown.com/c/inaburra-book-week

If you are in search of some new books for your child to read, please peruse the CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) shortlist of literature for older, younger, early childhood readers and picture books can be found at https://cbca.org.au/shortlist-2023

Premier’s Reading Challenge: Final Weeks

Now’s the time to finish the Challenge off! Many students have completed the challenge so far, many have started and are well on their way – keep it up! Don’t forget to sign in from home, encourage your child to log their books. The Challenge officially ends Friday 1 September.

If you have any issues logging in, please contact Mrs You (youe@inaburra.nsw.edu.au).

Senior School Reading Room: New Location

The Senior School Reading Room has moved from Level 4 to Level 2, and now lives in the Hub! We officially re-opened on Monday Week 2, with a little party, ribbon-cutting and all the jazz! Check out some photos to see what it’s looking like:

Book Fair Thank You

Thank you to all those in the community who came along to view artworks, browse books and enjoy the fantastic event that was the 2023 Inaburra Book Fair! Over $9000 worth of books was purchased on the night, and many K-6 families had the opportunity to explore some great quality books sourced from The Best Little Bookshop in Town and Koorong.

Here are some photos:

Literary Family Fun

New questions to get you talking:

  1. What was Dogman’s occupation?
  2. Who was Max Einstein’s hero in a book by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein?
  3. The Grisha are people with abilities to control the elements. What author created the Grishaverse?
  4. Who killed Macbeth?
  5. What group of people in Middle Earth had hairy feet?

Look out for the answers (and some new questions) in upcoming Newsletters.

Last Newsletter’s questions and answers:

  1. The scarab beetle was an important symbol in what ancient culture?
  2. What is the name of Mickey Mouse’s dog?
  3. Which boy’s mother (his name is in the title) won a complete set of Burrell’s Build-It-at-Home encyclopaedias? He pored over every edition
  4. What fictional Marvel superhero magician wore a cloak?
  5. Who caused three bears a great deal of grief?

 1. Egyptian  2. Pluto 3. Lenny (Lenny’s Book of Everything) 4. Dr Strange 5. Goldilocks

Mrs Emily You
K-12 Library Coordinator