There is one week of the school year which kids look forward to almost as much as they look forward to Christmas. The one where they get to dress up in all manner of costumes designed in great detail, down to the very last cotton ball or most minute square of glitter.
A week which finds mums either eagerly anticipating putting the glue gun into action or simply desperate to whip up a costume from the old dress-ups box – sure, that lightsaber can be Harry Potter’s wand.
Yes, it’s Book Week!
Originally slated for late August, book week is now running from October 7-23 under the theme of Curious Creatures, Wild Minds. Official book week dates were changed to Term 4 due to the impacts of COVID-19, according to the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) web site.
Teachers and librarians across the Goldfields will decorate their rooms and set up displays according to the book week theme. Meanwhile, mums will either be making a mad dash to the shop for a last minute costume or they’ll be dusting off the sewing machine and calmly stitching up that Gruffalo suit like they were born to do it.
One thing is for sure, there is no lack of ideas available online for book week costumes if you are struggling for inspiration or need to know how to craft a costume using toilet rolls and string. Teachers even get in the spirit of the celebrations dressing up in costume too, which usually gets a giggle out of the kids.
Beside the excitement of dressing up, an equally important part of book week is the CBCA Book of the Year awards. Winners of the awards are currently on display at William Grundt Memorial Library. Books for children ages 0 to 18 are judged across 6 categories including best new illustrator and best picture book. You can visit the CBCA YouTube channel to watch the awards presentation from 16 October.
Whether your child chooses to channel Pippy Longstocking, Where’s Wally? or Harry Potter, don’t forget to hashtag your book week pics #CBCA as you join in the fun and frenzy of clever, creative costumes that make book week so exciting for kids and parents alike.