It’s one of the busiest and greatest weeks in the life of the Library: BOOK WEEK!

This year’s Book Week theme, selected annually by the Children’s Book Council of Australia, is Read, Grow, Inspire. It has been a fantastic conversation starter in our Library lessons and classrooms, as we’ve shared about how reading books grows and inspires us. You might like to have a conversation at home as a family and share how books grow and inspire each of you!

In Junior School, we’ve had a great week of celebrating books, literature and stories.

On Monday, we launched the Book Week Quiz as well as the Inaburra Reading Challenge. Students were excited to get involved, and can continue to participate in the Reading Challenge until Term 4, Week 4. If your child would like to participate and doesn’t have Challenge sheet, come and grab one from the Library. Great prizes on offer!

We had a lunchtime movie, Zog, an animated adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s picture book. This was SO popular that we’ll be having Movie Mondays for the rest of term, showing more picture book adaptations for K-4 students.

On Tuesday morning, K-2 shared stories, acted, laughed and learnt with Ursula Dubosarsky. Some stories she shared included the Hercules Quick series, The March of the Ants and The Terrible Plop. Brave volunteers came up to act out parts of the stories and helped Ursula out during the presentation! These books are available in our Library and can also be purchased online through the Book Week website link below.

Later on Tuesday, Matt Lin ran two fantastic illustrating workshops with Stage 2 and 3. Matt Lin is a graphic designer and artist, who taught us how to draw in a Japanese animated ‘manga’ style, and talked us through the intricacies of the illustrating process. We were all amazed by how much time he invests in sketching, drafting, pencilling, inking and colouring each image!

The event that caused the most excitement and hubbub around Junior School was the Book Week Parade and Picnic on Thursday morning. The sun shone down on us, the coffee cart was pumping, and students rolled out of their cars and into the school in costumed glory. Prizes were awarded for Best Dressed and Highly Commended from each class on the day.

Here are some photos from the fabulous event:

To wrap up the week, the energetic and hilarious Nat Amoore visited all students K-6. She made us laugh, made us think, (and even did a boogie with Kindy and Year 1) and talked about how she uses real-life experiences to inspire her writing… with a little bit of creative humour. Some students stayed back to buy her books and meet her afterwards!

At our special Book Week Assembly, we watched a slideshow to reflect on the fabulous moments of the week, celebrated the top books that have been borrowed at Inaburra Junior Libraries this year so far, the top borrowers in each grade, some special Parade costume winners and said some big THANK YOU’s to the people who made this week happen! Mrs Hubbard also interviewed Bradley Christmas who is an ex-Inaburra student and has recently published a book, Saltwater Boy.

Some things all K-6 students and families can still get involved in:

  • The Inaburra Reading Challenge – open now until Term 4, Week 4 – see Library for Challenge sheets if you’ve lost yours!
  • Buy books from any of the authors who visited in Book Week: (code: INABURRA at checkout for 10% off)
  • Sponsor our Senior School Writing teams (read more below!)

What’s coming up in Senior School?

We are celebrating Book Week in Week 5, with some awesome activities planned for Years 7-12 including:

  • All students and staff bringing in the picture books that grew or inspired them to share in classes
  • Be brave and pick up a date… Blind Date with a Book available for all students and staff at the Reading Room
  • A ‘Who’s Reading?’ Photo Challenge
  • The Inaburra Reading Challenge (open now until Term 4, Week 4 – great prizes to be won!)
  • The Inaburra Writing Challenge (organised by Mrs Vaitsas and the English Faculty)
  • Home Group Book Week Quiz on Wednesday
  • (Enjoying their teachers dressed up on Wednesday!)
  • Write a Book in a Day challenge on Friday

Write a Book in a Day – Kids Cancer Project

On Friday 25 August, two Inaburra teams will be taking part in the Kids Cancer Project Write A Book in A Day challenge. Each team will be demanded to collaborate and create a work of fiction between 3500-5000 words with some unique parameters revealed to them on the day. These students will be given ten hours to complete the task, working from 8am and submitting at 6pm.

The stories that they write, along with all the stories written by teams across Australia, will be published digitally and made available to 10-16 year old children in cancer wards across the country. Each team is required to raise funds to support the work of the Kids Cancer Project.

To support these teams and the charity, you are invited to pledge $30 to their day of collaborative writing. In recognition of your generosity, you will be given a published copy of both teams’ final submissions. These books will be printed and distributed in Term 4.

The link to pledge your support is here:

To read more about the Write A Book In A Day challenge and the Kids Cancer Project, click here: