CBCA Book Week 2020 Activities

CBCA Book Week is a yearly celebration when local children’s authors, illustrators and books come together across Australia for a week full of colourful displays, activities, competitions and book character parades. CBCA Book Week will run from 17–23 October 2020 and this year’s theme is Curious Creatures, Wild Minds.

CBCA Book Week in 2020 will look a little different due to current restrictions, but that doesn’t mean young readers can’t still enjoy all the fun, creative activities at home.

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CBCA Free Shortlist Resources

CBCA has resources for each of the 2020 CBCA Shortlisted titles including videos and comments from the authors and illustrators, reviews, CBCA Judges’ critiques and much more.

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CBCA Book Week Activities

Kids can have fun colouring in this year’s CBCA Book Week theme artwork by Gwyn Perkins, with a printable bookmark or poster. Gwyn also shares his tips for drawing wild and curious creatures.

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Children’s Book Week at State Library Victoria

State Library of Victoria will launch its first-ever virtual Children’s Book Week with free live events and workshops. Inspired by this year’s book week theme, Curious Creatures, Wild Minds, the Library has designed an immersive online program to stimulate curiosity and spark creativity.

Bibliotherapy for kids

A special children’s edition of the Library’s popular Bibliotherapy podcast will give kids the chance to experience the healing power of stories and poems with resident bibliotherapist, Susan McLaine. Over two episodes, Bibliotherapy for kids will encourage children to engage with their imaginations by listening to beloved children’s stories and poems.

Episode one will be available from 9 am Monday 19 October 2020. Episode two will be available from 9 am Wednesday 21 October 2020. The episodes can be listened to via all major podcast apps.

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Animation workshops

Renowned artist and children’s book illustrator Isobel Knowles will host an interactive animation workshop series, teaching kids how to inject life into everyday objects through recorded dialogue and stop-motion animation. This workshop series is supported by Gandel Philanthropy.

The animation workshops will run on Wednesday 21 October 2020 and Tuesday 27 October 2020 at 4 pm. Bookings are required.

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Storytime

Celebrated illustrator and author Jess McGeachin will be a special guest at the Library’s weekly live-streamed Storytime sessions on Wednesday 21 October 2020. No bookings are required.

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Be sure to check out the CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2020 Shortlist before the winners and honours are announced at 12 noon AEDT Friday 16 October 2020.

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