Helping children CONNECT TO READING (Book Week 2014 Ideas)

Book Week is a time to celebrate books and all the wonders they entail, and in 2014 the Children’s Book Council of Australia is asking us to help our children connect to reading, with this year’s theme being CONNECT TO READING: READING TO CONNECT.

I’ve had a bit of fun brainstorming and interpreting this theme, and I’ve got a fun list of ideas for helping children connect to reading and read to connect during Book Week.

CBCA Connect to Reading Postcard_My Little Bookcase

Connect: (verb) Bring together or into contact

1. Visit a bookshop or library

2. Read the CBCA shortlisted titles and winning books

3. Find a book to read with someone special

4. Host a Book Swap party

Connect: (verb) Link to a power supply

5. View stories online (Story Box Library is a wonderful source for Australian stories. Get some ideas for using Story Box Library during Book Week, or visit the website on Tuesday 19 August and view a free story during The Reading Hour.)

6. Listen to audio books

7.  Interact with digital books

8.  Watch a book adaptation

Connect: (verb) Associate with others in relationships

9. Write to an author or illustrator you admire

10. Attend a book launch or book event

Connect: (verb) be meaningful and relevant

11.  Read books of interest

12.  Play with books

13.  Dress up as a favourite book character

14.  Be inspired by a book to make, create or craft

15.  Dine with an imaginative book character

16.   Write, make and publish your own books

17. Explore storylines by setting up simple play scenes

Who's Driving Play Scene_My Little Bookcase

Visit The Book Chook and Children’s Books Daily for some more ‘connect to reading’ ideas.

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