Book Week 2017: Escape to everywhere

Ryah Coates from Medowie Public School as Pete the Dragon.
Ryah Coates from Medowie Public School as Pete the Dragon.

 

BOOK week across Port Stephens was a wonderful success, with schools and preschools participating with creative gusto.

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The theme this year was ‘escape to everywhere’, encouraging children to lose themselves in the love of reading,
immersing themselves in the characters and storylines, escaping to far away places.

Book Week is a nationwide initiative of the Children’s Book Council of Australia and brings children and books together to celebrate a love of literature.

Across Port Stephens this week schools, preschools, libraries, booksellers, authors and illustrators came together for Book Week activities.

There were parades galore, book signings with local authors, reading time sessions and ‘rug and read’ events at local schools encouraging families and community members to sit with children over morning tea in the school yard and read together.

Medowie grandparent Alicia Madden, told News Of The Area, “It was lovely attending the book week parade this year, and watching children be excited about books.”

“It was special watching the children truly take on their characters, and proudly telling their friends and teachers all about their book, and why they chose it.”

“Literature is to be loved by all, and book week ensure that love will always be encouraged,” she said.

Another special aspect to book week is the announcement of the Children’s Book Council of Australia National award winners, as it gives a wonderful list of books for families to look up for their children to increase their love of learning.

Families are encouraged to seek out some new books to read by having a browse through this winners, via the Children’s Book Council website on https://cbca.org.au/.

 

By Rachael VAUGHAN and Heather SHARP

 

Lachlan, Hayden and Sophia Reddon (Jack and his beanstalk, Bert the chimney sweep from Mary Poppins and Thelma the Unicorn) from Wirreanda Public School.(left) Ahmani Jedniuk of Medowie Christian School as Sophie from The BFG.(right)
Lachlan, Hayden and Sophia Reddon (Jack and his beanstalk, Bert the chimney sweep from Mary Poppins and Thelma the Unicorn) from Wirreanda Public School.(left)
Ahmani Jedniuk of Medowie Christian School as Sophie from The BFG.(right)

 

Avah Kitchen dressed as her favourite book about the goodness you can do for others. (left) Starr Petterson from Medowie PS dressed as Pharaoh's Daughter who found Moses in the basket in the banks of the river.(right)
Avah Kitchen dressed as her favourite book about the goodness you can do for others. (left)
Starr Petterson from Medowie PS dressed as Pharaoh’s Daughter who found Moses in the basket in the banks of the river.(right)

 

Lyla Magnee as the house from UP.(left) Lucy as Alice in Wonderland when she grows too big for the house.(right)
Lyla Magnee as the house from UP.(left)
Lucy as Alice in Wonderland when she grows too big for the house.(right)

 

Jade Deacon as the mouse from The Gruffalo was a sensation at the Book Week Parade.(left) Sophia Reddon from Wirreanda Public School, dressed as Thelma the Unicorn.(right)
Jade Deacon as the mouse from The Gruffalo was a sensation at the Book Week Parade.(left)
Sophia Reddon from Wirreanda Public School, dressed as Thelma the Unicorn.(right)

 

Lachlan Reddon from Wirreanda Public School, dressed as Jack and the Beanstalk.(left) Michael Kilday aka the Saucepan man ready for the book parade.(right)
Lachlan Reddon from Wirreanda Public School, dressed as Jack and the Beanstalk.(left)
Michael Kilday aka the Saucepan man ready for the book parade.(right)

 

Ashlie Stapleton, Claire Howell, Imogen Mehonoshen and Aria Newman from Wirreanda.
Ashlie Stapleton, Claire Howell, Imogen Mehonoshen and Aria Newman from Wirreanda.

 

Kindergarten kids at their first Book Week Parade Oaklan Reed Jack Lennox Levi Ross, Dane McKimm Calvin Ross and Michael Kilday.
Kindergarten kids at their first Book Week Parade Oaklan Reed Jack Lennox Levi Ross, Dane McKimm Calvin Ross and Michael Kilday.

 

Fancy Nancy, Brilliant Bree and Slappy the dummy enjoyed themselves at Wirreanda’s book week parade.
Fancy Nancy, Brilliant Bree and Slappy the dummy enjoyed themselves at Wirreanda’s book week parade.

 

Charlotte dressed up as Misty from Pokemon.(left) Leah Moffat dressed as a witch.(right)
Charlotte dressed up as Misty from Pokemon.(left)
Leah Moffat dressed as a witch.(right)

 

A class at Medowie Public School dressed up for book week.
A class at Medowie Public School dressed up for book week.

 

Leah Moffat and Zeke Hay.
Leah Moffat and Zeke Hay.

 

Good pals Jack Lennox and Michael Kilday aka Stick Man and Saucepan Man.
Good pals Jack Lennox and Michael Kilday aka Stick Man and Saucepan Man.

 

Jack Lennox in Kindergarten who also won the Library Award for his class.(left) Madeline Morrissey.(right)
Jack Lennox in Kindergarten who also won the Library Award for his class.(left)
Madeline Morrissey.(right)

 

Ashton Morrissey as Ron Weasley.(left) Zoe Lyon went to Wirreanda's book week parade as Belle from Beauty and the Beast.(right)
Ashton Morrissey as Ron Weasley.(left)
Zoe Lyon went to Wirreanda’s book week parade as Belle from Beauty and the Beast.(right)

 

Maddy and Lexi as Mario and Luigi.(left) A Wirreanda teacher dressed as Donkey Kong.(right)
Maddy and Lexi as Mario and Luigi.(left)
A Wirreanda teacher dressed as Donkey Kong.(right)

 

Scarlett Darcy as Minnie Mouse with Mickey Mouse at Wirreanda Public School.(left) Ahmani Anjah Angelina and Archer Jedniuk as Sophie from The BFG , Belle from Beauty and The Beast Daughter of Cheshire Cat and Clark Kent.(right)
Scarlett Darcy as Minnie Mouse with Mickey Mouse at Wirreanda Public School.(left)
Ahmani Anjah Angelina and Archer Jedniuk as Sophie from The BFG , Belle from Beauty and The Beast Daughter of Cheshire Cat and Clark Kent.(right)

 

Cody Veitch looked fantastic as the Mad Hatter.(left) Even the teachers got involved, Ms Wilson dressed as a gnome at Wirreanda Public School.(right)
Cody Veitch looked fantastic as the Mad Hatter.(left)
Even the teachers got involved, Ms Wilson dressed as a gnome at Wirreanda Public School.(right)

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