Over the past weeks, the six CBCA Short List Early Childhood books were read to each class from Kindergarten to Year 2. The children were shown the voting chart at the start of the series of lessons and looked forward to voting for their favourite book. The voting chart was very exciting and lead to many hot discussions. It also helped to explain the Book of the Year and Honour books and how special it is for a book to have such an award. The children are thrilled when they find other award books in the collection recognised by the shiny award sticker.
During Term 3 Kindergarten were introduced to the six CBCA Short List Early Childhood books. For each book we focused on the main character. At the end of the term the children were split into six groups where they illustrated the main character from one of the books to create the Book Week bunting.
Our school library display cases are ready for Book Week 2018 – Find Your Treasure! The first case features children’s literature maps from the books in the suitcase. The picture book A child of books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston is opened on the page “and upon my imagination I float.” Handmade mini treasure books, CBCA Find Your Treasure bookmarks and badge are also presented.
The following display is based on the theme of treasure you find in books. Year 1 and 2 students responded with superb ideas reflecting on the theme including – reading is special, a treasure in a book is a character you meet, books are so good you want to keep reading, find your special book. The display features Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates; Otto the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson, Lucy’s Book by Natalie Jane Prior and illustrated by Cheryl Orsini; and The Everywhere Bear by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Rebecca Cobb. There are also handmade mini treasure books, and sections of the Find Your Treasure Book Week 2018 poster designed by Anna Walker.
Back by popular demand, the QR Code Short List Treasure Hunt is sure to engage students. The QR Code Treasure Hunt has a question for each of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Short List books in the Early Childhood, Picture Book and Younger Readers categories.
- Print out the QR codes and place them around the library (or school)
- Print out answer recording sheets for students
- Students scan the QR code, a question will appear – answer the question on the recording sheet
- Once all six QR codes have been found and six questions answered place answer sheet in an entry box
- The first fully correct answer sheet drawn from the box wins a prize!
Each year The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) promotes and celebrates children’s books with the major event of Children’s Book Week during August. The 2018 Book Week theme is Find Your Treasure.
The six CBCA short list book categories offer schools a wealth of opportunities to engage with reading, respond to, and celebrate literature. Exploring the short list books aligns with the Australian Curriculum and provides important opportunities to build students’ literacy skills by incorporating rich, objectively selected, and aesthetically valuable texts.
This Post provides a landing page for a variety of ideas to connect with Book Week this year. A SCIS Connections article I wrote in 2017 Read, respond, celebrate: engaging with the CBCA short list provides some background to the ideas presented below.
Exploring the Short List
Create a book character bunting display
Year K – Read and explore the Early Childhood short list, focus on the main character. Create your book character bunting – students select one book and draw the main character, as an extension write the characters name and book title. Using ribbon arrange and tape the students work – hang for all to enjoy!
Step Inside the Character
Year 1 – Imagine if you could step inside the character in a picture book. Explore the Early Childhood short list using the Visible Thinking Routine – Step Inside the Character. Visit a previous Post for more information.
Exploring story elements
Year 2 – What makes a great picture book? Explore story elements of the short list Early Childhood books to design and create a diorama. Visit a previous Post for work samples, a lesson sequence and templates.
Colour – Symbol – Image
Year 3 – Explore the short list Picture Books to discover what ideas and connections can be identified in picture books. Visit a previous Post for work samples, a lesson sequence and templates.
Year 4 – Explore and examine the short list Picture Books to discover and identify visual literacy vocabulary and techniques used by the illustrator. Visit a previous Post Visual Literacy – Some Examples to access the guide and background. Additional information can be found via a Guest Post I wrote in 217 for Softlink.
Celebrating the theme
Create a display in the library that promotes the Book Week theme.
Create a voting chart for younger students, provide each student with a star to place next to their favourite book. For older students create a Google Form or digital voting chart.
Use the Book Week theme to make a short promotional video that can be used in the school assembly.
Competitions and lunchtime activities
QR Code Treasure Hunt
Back by popular demand, the QR Code Short List Treasure Hunt is sure to engage students. The QR Code Treasure Hunt has a question for each of the CBCA Short List books in the Early Childhood, Picture Book and Younger Readers categories. Full details 2018 QR Code Short List Treasure Hunt.
Missing Book Character poster
Imagine if a book character went missing! Write a Missing Poster so they can be found. Full details including instructions and templates click here.
Postcard from a book
Imagine if you stepped inside a book! Who would you meet, where would you go, and what would you do? Write and draw about your book visit using the Postcard template. Full details of this activity click here.
Design a Book Trailer
Create a book trailer for a book or the Book Week theme Find Your Treasure. Organise a production team, make a plan, get filming! Keep your trailer between 1-2 minutes long that way it is short and sweet! Visit Tristan Bancks webpage How to make a book trailer for a wealth of information and to keep you on the right track.
This video was created using an iMovie template. It features the Deputy Head Mr Krigstein engaged reading Peter Pan. It was played at the K-6 Book Week Assembly and was a huge success. A big thank you to Mr Krigstein for being so obliging.
The images are from the following books:
Peter Pan J.M. Barrie, Illustrated by Greg Becks, 1998, ACC Children’s Classics.
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, 2012, Vintage Classics.
Peter Pan: A spectacular pop-up edition of J.M. Barrie’s original tale by Robert Sabuda
A River by Marc Martin, 2015, Viking Penguin, Australia.
The CBCA Book Week theme Escape to Everywhere has encouraged a lot of discussion with children about what happens when we read, how do we escape with a book, and what are the books we love to escape with.
- A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston
- Return by Aaron Becker
- Book by David Miles and illustrated by Natalie Hoopes
Images from Pinterest Book Interest
- Girl with book as hang glider
- Book stairs into forest
- Two children on boat in open book
- Girl on open book boat
- Children on horse jumping over book
- Girl reading in tent
The old suitcase was found not far from home on the side of the street, it still had the SYD Qantas tag attached! It was not hard to find classic book titles related to journies to fill the case and a create vintage style display. The poster Reading Takes You Places was from Scholastic Book Club. There are some authentic looking airline tickets that we created for book characters using an airline ticket generator (an idea found via The Book Chook) and few genuine looking travel tags that made the final touch.
Each year The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) promotes and celebrates children’s books with the major event of Children’s Book Week during August. There are several Posts related to Book Week on this Blog as it is a very special part of the Library program. Recently SCIS Connections published an article I wrote focusing on using the Early Childhood and Picture Book short list books, as well as providing an insight into exploring the Younger Readers chapter books in the F–6 school context. The full article can be found via Read, respond, celebrate: engaging with the CBCA short list
SCIS Connections 102 Read, respond, celebrate article PDF.
The CBCA Short List Picture Books provide many opportunities to explore and engage with quality literature. This term Year 5 will explore the short list books in relation to visual literacy or visual grammar.
Visual literacy helps us understand and describe the features of a picture that create visual meaning. We learn who or what is in the picture, the activities involved, interactions between characters, emotions, and how the image catches our attention. We can learn to discover by looking deeper and thinking about what we see.
As advised by Callow, 2016 “Talking about the various features of picture books before, during and after reading allows us to teach children about their various features.” Using the CBCA Short List Picture Books offers a perfect way to introduce or extend on visual literacy. Exploring the themes and issues and applying visual grammar elements allows students to deepen their engagement with the books. Furthermore, providing instruction and direction to recognise, discuss and label visual techniques will ensure students enhance their visual literacy skills (Forrest, 2017).
What is planned?
- Introduce one of the CBCA Short List books and highlight visual grammar elements
- Provide students with the Visual Literacy Guide
- Group students into small groups and allocate one of the picture books. Working with a partner create a sub-group where each sub-group selects one page (image) to focus on
- Take a photo of the image and using Word or a simple photo writing App such as Phonto annotate onto the image
- Post work to class Blog and share findings
Below is an example applying visual grammar following the guidelines that I created for student use. Goanna by Jenny Wagner is one of the first picture books I purchased in my early teaching days, I found it on my bookshelf and so loved reading it again.