Reading is My Secret Power 2019 Children’s Book Week Theme

Book Week is an annual celebration across Australia encouraging a love of reading and literature for children.

Reading is my secret power banner, illustration of a bird in a cage and a bird soaring

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) leads Book Week to:

• promote quality literature for young Australians;
• support and encourage a wide range of Australian writers and illustrators of children’s books and;
• engage the community with literature for young Australians.

A week of celebrations

2019 activities will be held from 16-23 August 2019. Children and families in schools, libraries and book shops, enjoy the week with book character parades, stories, displays, activities, competitions and stories relating to the theme.

Celebrations focus on the announcement of the Book of the Year and this year’s theme Reading is my Secret Power.

Person holding up a selection of children's picture books.

Winners announcement

The announcement of the Winner and Honour Books will be at noon AEST on Friday, 16 August. The six CBCA Book of the Year Award categories are:
• CBCA Book of the Year: Older Readers
• CBCA Book of the Year: Younger Readers
• CBCA Book of the Year: Early Childhood
• CBCA Picture Book of the Year
• Eve Pownall Award
• CBCA Award for New Illustrator

Above:  Notables include: The Dress Up Box by Patrick Guest, Rainbow Bear by Stephen Michael King, and Girl on Wire by Elise Hurst. 

Many ideas to share
The website has links to activities you can do to celebrate Children’s Book Week and help promote a love of reading and literature for children in your community. The Book Chook includes: Find Your Secret Agent Name Activity; Finding Picture Book Treasures poster, and Activities for Kids.

Here is a link to some inspiration for your Book Week Character Parade costumes.

For even more great tips and ideas on using the shortlisted picture books subscribe to the First 5 Forever Facebook page.

Free Digital resources
• Social Media Tile
• Email Signature
• Book Week Letterhead

Social media
Announcements will be posted on the CBCA Facebook page and Twitter account @TheCBCA. Join in the fun and use the hashtag #CBCA2019 when sharing your events, displays and activities via social media and add your photos highlighting the special celebrations you attend or organise.

Ideas for your communication channels
• Change your Facebook or Twitter avatar to the one available in the resources section below
• Include the email signature in your communications

Make the week a highlight in your community and help get children reading.