Event Highlight – Book Week 

Book Week is back for 2022

Exciting news – it’s that time of year again… Book Week is back!

Book week is a celebration of all things reading, creativity, story telling and imagination. Since 1945, the Children’s Book Council of Australia has organised Book Week throughout Australia. Schools, teachers, librarians and libraries across the country decorate their spaces, run activities, competitions and dress up parades all with the shared purpose of spreading the message of the importance of reading and story telling.

Each year, Book Week’s theme is voted on by CBCA members. 2022’s exciting theme is ‘Dreaming with eyes open’, with concept art from Aboriginal artist Jasim Seymour.

In our fast paced, plugged-in lives, Book Week provides a reminder for children and adults alike, of the positive and influential impact that books and stories have the ability to play on our lives.

Book Week at The Pyjama Foundation

At The Pyjama Foundation, we firmly believe in the power of books and the impact they have on the lives of children. Here’s a list of books we’ve put together to inspire you to dream with your eyes open, this book week:

For youngsters 5-10:

  • A Bed Time Yarn – Written by Nicola Winstanley & illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller
  • The Almost Impossible Thing – Written and illustrated by Basak Agaoglu
  • Dandelion’s Dream – Written and illustrated by Yoko Tanaka
  • Kissed by the Moon – Written and illustrated by Alison Lester

For pre-teens 10-12:

  • Once – Written by Morris Glietzman
  • Polly Pecorino – Written and illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark
  • Wonder – Written by RJ Palacio
  • The Grandest Bookshop In The World – Written by Amelia Mellor
  • The Little Wave – Written by Pip Harry

Free Downloadable Resources

We have created these two Book Week 2022 inspired resources for you to download and print. Roll and Write is a favourite of ours, simply roll a die and follow the prompts to create your story.

Imagine That! is another story prompt resource with an added colouring in element, encouraging students to write a story and illustrate the setting.

We encourage you to view last year’s Book Week Post where we even included some activities we played in the office! Big kid certified fun!