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Book Week Activity with English classes

During the last two weeks we have run an activity with our Year 9 and 10 English classes where the students get together in pairs to read each of the books in either the Early Childhood and Picture Book of the Year categories.

Here are some of their responses to the books:

The book I liked best was Kissed By The Moon. I liked it because it had very interesting illustrations and the reflected the words on the page to a good standard. A nice read all ’round. A peaceful story with a happy ending. I like happy endings.

The book I liked best was King Pig. I liked it because it was about greediness and that will always be a huge problem.

The book I liked best was Granny Grommet and Me. I liked it because it had great illustrations and a fun storyline with descriptive words.

The book I liked best was The Swap. I liked it because it made sense and it wasn’t repetitive. The crocodiles were funny.

The book I liked best was Rules of Summer. I liked it because it had very nice and detailed illustrations to impart the story, and with enough text to explain the entire story.

The book I liked best was Banjo and Ruby Red. I liked it because it led me through a series of emotions and left me feeling warm and fuzzy inside.

The book I liked best was The Treasure Box. I liked it because it showed that no matter what you do or don’t have you can be happy with it, and love it and what it means to you.

The book I liked best was Silver Buttons. I liked it because the whole book is set within a time space of one minute, however you don’t realise this until the end, making the child’s first step seem insignificant.

The book I liked best was Parachute. I liked it because it demonstrated the change in grown yup. When he was young everything was exaggerated, until he grew older and then he towered over the elephant.

The book I liked best was Baby Bedtime. I liked it because it was really cute and it had good colours and storyline, The words were interesting and it had a lot of meaning in it.

The book I liked best was I’m a Dirty Dinosaur. I liked it because it flowed really well, it was fun to read and the illustrations were really unique.

The book I liked best was The Windy Farm.  I liked it because it is about hardships and forgiveness, and the book’s ending is enjoyable.



The students had three minutes to read each book, discuss it and then score it out of 10. Then, once six books had been read, the students had to pick their favourite title and write down why. We used an idea from the Ipswich Teacher-Librarian network Book Week activity book, and the booklets were designed by our Junior Teacher-Librarian, Mrs Ross.

The winner of the Early Childhood Category was Banjo and Ruby Red, with The Snap and Granny Grommet and Me as Honour books

The winner of the Picture Book Category was Rules of Summer, with The Windy Farm, King Pig, and The Treasure Box as Honour books.

This activity was heaps of fun for the students and teachers, and we recommend it to teachers to use with all age groups.


An Epic Chart….

LOVE this post from Epic Reads, linking 162 YA retellings of various well-known fairytales, myths, Shakespeare and Classics.



Summer Reading infographic

I really love this info graphic because it has some really great suggestions for fantastic summer reads.


The Young Adult Summer Reading Flowchart

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Book Week in Eblana

Book Week Display

Book Week in Eblana is bigger than Texas, and always moves far beyond the boundaries of ‘classroom’ or ‘library’. Many classes enjoyed the fantastic Book Week weather by heading outside as part of the Book Week program – designed by John Nolan and Rhonda Deed, and supported by the Eblana staff and students. Here are some great photos of the outside activities.

Bobble Heads!Creating and Learning

And a small part of the great displays around the campus…

Inky Awards 2011 – Creative Reading Prize

The Centre for Youth Literature would like to invite you to be part of the 2011 Inky Awards with the Creative Reading Prize.

The beauty of this prize is that the reader chooses the form of their entry! Teens and readers alike are invited to submit a creative response to a book they love.

It can be in ANY FORMAT YOU CHOOSE, but here are some ideas to get started:

write a short story using the characters/setting (feel free to add zombies)
make a video trailer or a machinima trailer
write a poem or a song illustrate your favourite scene/character sew a costume
make a model
create an art piece

THE PRIZE: A Sony Reader Touch, complete with awesome e-book titles to read! (if you win). And there will be MANY runners-up who will get free books, book vouchers, and any other fun stuff we can find.

They will be posting their favourites on the Dog as they come in.

Submit your entries:

to youthlit@slv.vic.gov.au (or email a link to your YouTube/flickr/etc account) and type ‘Creative Reading Prize’ in the subject line;

OR You can post your entry to:

Inkys Creative Reading Prize
Centre for Youth Literature
State Library of Victoria
328 Swanston Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 AUSTRALIA.

Your entry MUST include: your name your email address your postal address your age, and the name of the book you are responding to.

THE RULES: You can be any age to submit, and there will be runners-up of all ages, but the Grand Prize can only be won by someone under 20. Be as creative as possible. You can enter as many times as you like. We will put our favourite entries up on insideadog, unless you expressly tell us not to in your original submission. The Prize will be judged by our panel of Inkys Judges (of whom we have profiled on insideadog this week).

Entries close on Friday 14 October, 2011. Winners will be announced at the Inky Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 25 October.

Web links: Insideadog   Read alert blog 

Fiction about other Countries and Cultures

This fortnight the library staff are introducing students to fiction about other countries, and by authors from other countries. Titles include:

Benny and Omar (Tunisia) and                 Benny and Babe (Ireland) by Eoin Colfer;

 Anne of Green Gables (America) by L.M. Montgomery;

and  Kampung Boy (Indonesia) by LAT.

Teen Book Video Awards

Are you a high school student who is a budding filmmaker and book lover?

Are you a teacher who is interested in getting your students to participate in a competition that not only benefits them, but your school as well?

This is a fun way to incorporate books into the classroom environment.

Random House are offering the chance for high school students to create one 90-second book trailer and win some fabulous prizes.

The winner will receive a massive cash prize of $1,000 plus $1000 worth of Random House books for their school!

All you need to do is choose one of the 16 books and create a 90-second trailer.

All submitted entries must have the Assignment Deed form, Talent and Location Release form plus the entry form.

All eligible trailers will be reviewed by Random House staff and the best trailers will be shortlisted. Trailers will be judged on production values, adherence to the book and ability to evoke a viewer into wanting to read the book.

10 shortlisted entries will judged by an expert panel of book and film professionals. Stay tuned for the announcement of who our TBVA judges will be!

The judging panel will decide the 3 finalists. These will be eligible for the Teen Book Video 2011 Award for best book trailer.

To be eligible for judging, awards and prizes, the book trailers must be received by Friday 30 September 2011 and must be delivered as per required entry guidelines.

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