Get reading in Children's Book Week

Nicola Davison
26th July 2016
Reading, books, Children's Book Week, resources, primary, secondary, Australia, New Zealand

Celebrate top authors and illustrators by bringing books to life in your classroom

Now in its 71st year, Children’s Book Week (20 - 26 August) exists to give teachers and librarians across the country a chance to promote a love of books and reading through a variety of activities, competitions and story-telling based on a theme.  This year, that theme is Australia: Story Country.

Engaging learners in quality literature not only improves key literacy skills, but also enables them to develop their cultural awareness and understanding of the wider world.

To help you to get your primary and secondary pupils excited about it, we’ve hand-picked a selection of top lessons and activity ideas from the TES community.

Whole school resources

Start off your celebrations by encouraging students to write ten-word stories in this short story bunting activity, which also makes a great classroom display.

Carry on the conversation by using these bookmark templates to get pupils thinking about their own reading preferences and books they’d like to share with others. Alternatively, they can write about their favourite books using these handy review templates for primary, upper primary and secondary classes.

Take the appreciation of books and reading beyond the classroom by offering parents this detailed question list and coaching tips bookmark to support their children as they read together.

Primary resources

Ideal for guided reading, these versatile task cards suggest a range of activities that can be used before or after reading any fiction or non-fiction book. Or, why not develop learners’ skills further through reciprocal reading? These structured role cards can help to support the comprehension of any text.

Encourage pupils to explore individual texts further using book-specific resources, including this extensive activity collection based on Flood by Jackie French and, more simply, this word problem worksheet based on Possum Magic by Mem Fox.

For something more traditional, try this fully resourced Dreamtime lesson, which comes complete with presentations and comprehension questions to enable learners to familiarise themselves with the stories in order to retell them in their own words.

Secondary resources

Complement the study of any novel with one of the activity suggestions in this comprehensive guide. However, to help students to gain a deeper insight into particular texts, why not take inspiration from the following tailored activity ideas?

This selection of reading and writing tasks contains everything you need to aid the understanding of Morris Gleitzman’s Two Weeks with the Queen, while this Pharoah-themed resource pack comes with activities to help you to delve into the characters and themes in Jackie French’s historical novel.

Older learners may prefer these thought-provoking tasks on Looking for Alibrandi by award-winning author Melina Marchetta, or this analytical introduction to John Marden’s Tomorrow, When the War Began using de Bono’s thinking hats.

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