Friday Five – Book week blog posts

Friday Five

Friday Five – Book Week blog posts

This week is Book Week. It’s a celebration of all things books and reading, and a great way for authors to raise the profile of their books.

Many authors will be doing workshops and author visits at schools, as well as having their own book week celebrations.

For any author with a blog, this is a good time to schedule some book week blog posts. Here are five ideas for posts for your website: [Read more…]

Book Week at the Royal Children’s Hospital

A waste of kids books??

A waste of kids books??

This year, the first time since my kids started school, there have been no book week dress ups to do. This is because my older son is in high school and my younger son is currently homeschooled. Book week nearly passed us by completely. If it wasn’t for all the book week posts on Facebook, I may have missed it altogether… that’s until we turned up at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne for a check up for Mr Z.

On arrival, we saw a couple of tables set up, covered in pages from children’s books. There were some books on display, and it was those that caught our attention. We were invited to sit down and the theme of Book Week was explained. This year, the theme is Books light up my life. [Read more…]

Post #26 – Book Week Costumes from your readers

Invite your readers to send you photos of their costumes

Welcome to the blog post prompt for this week. If you’re blogging along this week, or coming back another time to join in, please add your link in the comments so we can check out your blog too. If you add a link, please visit one or two of the other links and add a comment.

In Australia, Book Week happens in August and it’s an event that is celebrated in most schools. For children’s authors, book week is a great way to promote their books.

One great way to generate content for your blog or website is to invite your fans to send you photographs of their book week costumes that feature your characters. You can even turn it in to a competition by giving away a signed copy of your latest book or some merchandise that is related to your books, such as a t-shirt or library bag. [Read more…]

Creating characters with book week in mind – #ChaBooCha

Characters with costumes in mind

A couple of days ago, I saw a Facebook post from one of my friends looking for easy ideas for a book week costume that was quick an easy with a hair style that her father could do.

This got me thinking about the characters we create for our books, especially for those of us who are children’s authors, and with the next Chapter Book Challenge on the horizon.

For most schools, book week is a big deal with at least one day set aside for dress ups. Usually this involves the students and teachers coming to school dressed as their favourite characters from books. Some schools have competitions and prizes for various categories, although most schools have fun with dressing up. [Read more…]

Blog Post #18 – Costumes and dress ups

Costumes & Dress Ups

Welcome to the blog post prompt for this week. If you’re blogging along this week, or coming back another time to join in, please add your link in the comments so we can check out your blog too. If you add a link, please visit one or two of the other links and add a comment.

Every year, my kids need to dress up for a school book week parade. They need to choose a character from one of their favourite books and dress up. Since my kids have stopped reading picture books, this task can be quite a challenge. [Read more…]

Book week costumes – a plea from a parent

All dressed & ready for Book Week

This week is Children’s Book Week, and today my kids had their book week parade. The idea is simple – kids dress up as their favourite book character… or at least a character they can find a costume for.

This is fairly easy when the kids are reading picture books as there are lots of colourful pictures to work from. Life gets a bit more interesting when kids are reading chapter books and novels where, usually, the only picture is on the cover. If you’re lucky enough for the kids to have chosen a character from a book that has pictures, they are often black and white line drawings, and not always of the character you need to create a costume for. The other issue is that by the time it comes to creating a costume, the kids have forgotten any detailed descriptions of what the characters wore and they can’t find them easily when they look (or in the case of Mr Z, he had returned the books to the library!). [Read more…]

Children’s Book Week

Mr Z as a scarecrow in Prep

This week is book week and we’ve been getting costumes ready for the book week parade on Thursday. This is a fun time when parents do a mad scramble to help kids look like their favourite book characters.

The last few years, Mr N has gone as Specky Magee. When he first wanted to go as Specky, his Geelong football jumper wasn’t  good enough as it was the wrong colours. My mum went to the op shop in Torquay to find a jumper in colours that were as close to the ones in the books as possible. When book week came around, it was really easy as he chose to wear the same costume. This year, however, he decided to do something different. [Read more…]

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