Book Week 2015

"To learn to read is to light a fire" Victor Hugo


Children’s Book Week in Australia will be held from Saturday 22 August - Friday 28 August, 2015. With 2015 being declared the International Year of Light by the UN, how fitting it is that our Children’s Book Week theme is “Books light up our world.”


Using the light bulb template found here print off and make available for students to write brief comments about a book which has 'lit up their world'. Take some time beforehand to brainstorm what this means. Each student who recommends a book can have their photo taken to accompany their 'light bulb'. Display on a wall in the library and students can speak about each to the class.


Writing a BLURB – lesson plan idea

What is a blurb?

On back covers of books there is usually a summary which attempts to get the reader interested.

What makes a good blurb?

•They are short in length.

•They use attention-grabbing words and phrases.

•They tend to use question and exclamation marks.

•They often use three full stops at their ends (an ellipsis) to leave the reader asking questions...


Read out this suggestion for a blurb for Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer:

"There's a new master criminal on the scene, 12-year-old Artemis Fowl. Kidnapping a fairy starts out easy for Artemis, but he soon discovers he's taken captive Captain Holly Short. She's part of an armed and extremely dangerous LEPrecon Unit. Artemis should be able to handle things as long as they play by the rules..."

Ask students:

•Which bits appeal to children?

•Which bits appeal to adults?

•Which bits appeal to both?

Find further examples from the class' reading books to act as inspiration.

Students write brief attention-grabbing blurbs for their Book Week Class Book. They should be aimed at engaging children their own age. Each should be no more than fifty words in length. More able writers could be given the challenge of completing each in exactly fifty words.

Once drafted, the blurbs could be written on card to stand beside each book and be decorated in the style of each novel.

Another idea?

Students write an acrostic blurb or book review using the title of the book. For example, for Lord of the Rings:

L - Long journey to destroy the ring.

O - Overpowering magical forces.

R - Riding over dangerous ground.

D - Dark and emotional tale.

O - Only one hobbit, Frodo, given the ring.

F - Friends help him as 'The Fellowship'.

T - Timeless fantasy world.

H - Help comes from unexpected places.

E - Evil battles good along the way.

R - Risking their lives, the hobbits start their quest.

I - Isengard is the home of Saruman the wizard.

N - Nearly a thousand pages long.

G - Gandalf the Grey helps Frodo decide what to do.

S - Sauron is the evil one who made the ring and wants it back.