I know that most My Little Bookcase readers celebrate books every day (sometimes even multiple times a day), but Book Week is a time to shout from our roof tops how much we love books.
Below is a list of ideas for celebrating Book Week. Hopefully you’ll find an activity on the list that you haven’t tried before. (Follow the links for some inspiration)
- Read one (or more) of the short-listed or winning books from CBCA’s Book of the Year Awards.
- Watch some of the short-listed or winning books online
- Create your own book trailer for a book. Here are some examples: The Tall Man and the Twelve Babies, Just a Dog,
- Browse the list of Book of the Year winners from past years and see if you can find the winner for special years (your child’s birth year, the year you graduated school etc.).
- Take on our Golden Book Challenge and create some art from the pages of an old or damaged book.
- Read something different- something you normally don’t read with your child. Here is a list of children’s genres.
- Visit a library. Find one near you.
- Visit your child’s school. No one celebrates Book Week better than primary schools!
- Dress-up as your favourite book characters. I just love the cute costumes at The Costume Box but you could easily put a costume together with items from home.
- Prepare a meal for your favourite book character. (E.g. Gruffalo Crumble for the Little Brown Mouse or Pink Milk for Charlie & Lola)
- Many authors have their own websites. Do some research on a favourite author or illustrator. Or read a selection of books written by a favourite author or illustrator. I’ve started a short list of author/illustrator websites. Let me know of any others I should add to the list.
- Attend a special Book Week event or story-time in your local area.
- Write your own book together. You could make your own, or use an online website who’ll publish it for you.
- Search your bookshelves for a book you haven’t read for a while.
- Tell your child about one of your favourite childhood books. See if you can find information about it online (or maybe you still have a copy you could read together).
- Re-organise or rotate the books in your house. Maybe you could think of a new way to categorise them (by colour, by author, by theme, by genre, alphabetically etc. ).
- Watch a film that was inspired by a book.
- Try reading in a different place.
- Set up a special reading space in your home.
- As a family, put on a play or puppet show of your favourite book.
- Organise a book swap party and swap books with your friends- or donate old books to your local kindergarten, community house or charity.
- Write a review of a favourite book. We’ll publish it on My Little Bookcase.
- Read with someone different. It could be a grandparent, sibling or neighbour.
- Encourage your child to put on a story-time for their dolls or teddies.
How will you celebrate Book Week with your children?