For the love of books

Children’s Book Week has been celebrated every year since 1945 to honour the work of Australian authors and illustrators. Teachers and librarians in Tasmanian Catholic schools and colleges go to great lengths to develop activities for students to engage in and to share their love of books and reading all year round, but particularly during book week.

The theme for the 2015 Children’s Book Week was Books light up our world. From Monday 23 August to Friday 28 August, schools and colleges celebrated books in a variety of ways. Staff and students dressed up as their favourite character from a book with many holding parades to show off their new and recycled costumes.

Book swaps were also held to allow students to share their favourite books with fellow students, and book fairs provided school libraries with pre-loved books or funds to purchase new books for their own collection or for children in remote communities. Younger students practiced their reading with the assistance of older students as part of the Peers as Literacy Support program and some schools also invited families to come and read with students.