from the Children's Book Council of Australia website
Book Week Theme 2012
The notables and shortlist have been announced for 2012.
Take a look. Do you recognise any of the books on the lists?
A page of links to teaching notes and activity ideas from Mrs Mac
A list of the titles and corresponding Teacher Notes from DET WA
Mrs B's Interactive activities games and puzzles for shortlisted books
A wall of shortlisted book covers on Pinterest and a Book Week page by Ms Cicolani
Bilby secrets link to a picture of an old childrens' picture book about a bilby, from Powerhouse Museum (thanks to Peter Macinnis)
PETAA Primary English Teaching Association Australia activity suggestions
Book Week for Beginners Wiki set up by Barbara Braxton
Ideas and book trailers on Our Lady of Lourdes site by Stacey Graham
Links and Activities for the
Guess the book activity
"The ______ turned savage."
"In some places _______ nibbled at the banks."
"The _______ was the enemy. It swallowed everything, then wanted more."
"A _______ was captured in its surge."
"Nothing in its path was safe."
"It's power was mightier by far."
"It nudged the mighty _______."
"Slowly the ________ crept back into the river."
Fill in the spaces above with first words that come to mind as you read the sentences. These sentences are from one of the shortlisted books this year. Have a group discussion on what you think the book is about. Share your ideas.
Now read the book.
Compare the language of storytelling to factual reporting about real events
Listen to an interview with the author.
Make a list of other books by this author/illustrator team
Teacher Notes from Scholastic
That's not a daffodil
Reviews by teachers with some activity suggestions.
Teacher notes from Lamont Standing Orders
Elizabeth Honey read her responses to some questions about her writing, see other books she has written and illustrated
Three images from the book for use on interactive whiteboards
"...it's also a trumpet of gold!" says Tom.
Research different kinds of flowers and make them using coloured paper squares. Use your imagination to describe each one as Tom does based on its resemblance to another object.
Plant some daffodil and other bulbs and wait for them to bud.
Talk about the friendship between Tom and Mr Yildaz in terms of how it bridges age and cultural background, about neighbourliness and giving, about how encouraging Mr Yildaz is, helping Tom think about the planting and growth rather than giving him the answers.
Make daffodils using egg cartons, straws and pipe cleaners
The Little Refugee
Teaching notes with blackline masters
Complete this online Compare and Contrast Venn Diagram or print out this pdf one to compare your life to that of Anh's
Think of some questions you would like to ask Anh Do. Say hi to Anh via email on his website. Include a question or two
Watch author and comedian Anh Do take on 5 Parramatta Eels. Champions read, write and play footy!
Find the book that doesn't belong and let your Teacher-Librarian know to receive a special bookmark.