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Find your treasure: Bookweek 2018

Being based at a school again has been an absolute treasure! The biggest week for school libraries is Book Week where the CBCA announces the awarded books for the year in a number of categories. You can find out the winners by clicking here. I absolutely love ‘Do not lick this book’ and delighted in hearing kids laughing excitedly during a reading of it this afternoon.

This year the theme is ‘Find your Treasure’ and at my school I went a step further to encourage interactivity in engagement.

Our theme is Find, Make and Share a Treasure.

What this equates to is the following:

Find a Treasure by exploring the newly added shortlisted books that are on display and the student created Zines in the Treasure chest.

Make a Treasure by participating in a Zine making workshop during lunchtime and adding to the new Zine collection of the library.

Share a Treasure includes a number of facets because we all love sharing. The inclusions are:

A Bookfair hosted by Readings to enable community selection of books that will be donated to the library.

Recommendations of favourite books shared by students on to paper leaves that are stuck to the bare tree branches on display. I can’t wait to watch the forest grow. We have had twenty leaves stuck up on the first day of the display and it’s not officially open yet. It’s always an insight to find out what books young people love.

A book parade where students share their favourite character by dressing up. Everyone loves cosplay!

Book Week is always super fun and an exciting time in the school calendar. Kids light up as they share the delight of reading and books.

Now that the posters have been created and posted up, the newsletter write-up is complete, events are scheduled, booked and the display is complete, I can start the fun. Phew! Next week I join the community and enjoy the celebration of books and reading.

 

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The Inky Awards ~ Young peoples book awards

Inside A Dog

Outside a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside a Dog, it’s too dark to read ~ Groucho Marx.

The website Inside a Dog is an initiative developed by the State Library of Victoria targeting a teenage audience. As the website states it is

“All about books by young people for young people”

The website is structured to incorporate forums where young people can have discussions, enter competitions, review books, join online book-clubs, chat to a current author in residence, find out current literature-related news, or vote for books to be awarded an Inky Award.

There is a very useful teachers section with links and resources that are mapped to curriculum standards. Suggested activities and resources provide useful online activities-based programs. The main focus of the site is user-generated book reviews, thus forming a great addition for any literacy-based activities and promoting conversation as part of the learning process.

This post will focus on evaluating the Inky Awards for inclusion in the celebrated Book Week in August.

The Inky Awards

In the Library we currently celebrate the Children’s Book of the Year Awards by the Children’s Book Council of Australia as part of Book Week in August. This year, the school library would like to extend this by incorporating the Inky Awards amongst the books celebrated. The short list for the Inky Awards is announced online via the Inside a Dog website on August 26th, coinciding with Book Week. The shortlist of books that students can vote for, is decided by teen judges. To become a judge a young person submits an application via email. Once selected the judges read 20 books in a two-month period and reach a consensus on the 10 shortlisted books. This shortlist is then open to other young people to vote for a book to be awarded an Inky award in one of two categories.

Gold Inky for an Australian book

Silver Inky for an International Book

As part of Book Week, a prominent display of nominated books is created, author visits occur, activities are programed related to the books and readings of the shortlisted books take place. By introducing The Inky Awards to the Book Week program, the students can participate in voting for a children’s book awards. Hopefully this can continue for years to come.

Because the website is focussed on participation and engagement of young people in online environments, it promotes empowerment via digital literacy and citizenship by encouraging connecting with wider groups. It extends literacy development beyond the classroom and school to include other young people and to the wider community, in forging links with the State Library of Victoria. This is a great basis for the promotion of life-long learning beyond the school.

As a librarian in a school setting, this resource is a great addition to any program in literacy development. It fosters a love of reading by encouraging reading as a social activity. Thereby linking in with Piaget’s constructivist approaches to learning grounded in developmental needs (Garhart Mooney, 2013 p.79).

By evaluating websites, children’s book awards and potential programs with curriculum links, I am able to provide resources in support of the school curriculum and the teaching and learning needs of staff and students. This is supported by standards of professional practice for teacher librarians (ASLA, 2004).

This website is geared towards an older age group in children, predominantly teenagers. Whilst this can be useful to the Grade 5/6 demographic of the primary school, I would like to investigate something similar for the younger children in the school. Consequently, the Inky Awards will be geared towards the older children in the school. It may be interesting to initiate a school based book awards for younger grades as a lead in to the Inky Awards when they are in Grade 5 and 6.

ASLA (2004) Standards of Professional Excellence for Teacher Librarians, retrieved from http://www.asla.org.au/policy/standards.aspx

Garhart Mooney, C. (2013) Theories of Childhood, Second Edition: An Introduction to Dewey, Montessori, Erikson, Piaget and Vygotsky, Redleaf Press, Minesota, USA.

 

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Celebrating Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan Website

Visit Shaun Tan Website

I absolutely adore Shaun Tan and have been extremely excited about his recent successes. On the back of his Oscar win for the short animation based on his book The Lost Thing,  he has just been awarded the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Prize. The second Australian to be awarded this prestigious prize in the last five years, the other being Sonya Hartnett. A Shaun Tan book is wonderful and appeals to all ages.

In 2004, The Lost Thing was a stimulus for the year 12 VCE unit 4 Drama curriculum and teaching this unit at the time was wonderful. This stimilus was one of my favourite of the ten provided. below is an example of how inspiring Shaun Tan books are for performing arts.

The Arrival as a performance for The Sydney Festival 2010


However, there is nothing like a Shaun Tan book in your hands and a quiet spot to peruse the detail of each page at your own time. Sheer Delight!

Don’t forget on Sunday 3rd April at 4.45 pm his Oscar winning animation will be screening on Australian ABC television.

Celebrate Shaun Tan!

 

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