Children's Book Week

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Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds

We're celebrating CBCA Book Week 2021 from home throughout the month of August with story telling, virtual escapes, trivia games and more online activities. 

You will need your Willoughby Library card to access some of the resources from this page. Not a member yet? Join online (it's free!) then email the Library to complete your membership from home, or phone us on 9777 7900 Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.

More activities and reading suggestions will be added to this page each week. We hope you enjoy! 

CBCA Book of the Year awards - 2021

Most of the awarded CBCA titles are available through our BorrowBox or Story Box Library digital collections.

Older readers

The end of the world is bigger than love by Davina Bell
eBook and eAudiobook

Honour books:
Metal fish, falling snow by Cath Moore
Where we begin by Christie Nieman

Younger readers

Aster's good, right things by Kate Gordon

Honour books:
The stolen Prince of Cloudburst by Jaclyn Moriarty and illustrated by Kelly Canby
Worse things by Sally Murphy and illustrated by Sarah Davis, available on shelf at the Library when we are able to safely reopen our doors.

Early childhood

No! Never! by Libby Hathorn and Lisa Hathorn-Jarman and illustrated by Mel Pearce.

Honour books:
Anemone is not the enemy by Anna McGregor
We love you, Magoo by Briony Stewart

Picture book

How to Make a Bird by Meg McKinlay and illustrated by Matt Ottley.
An AUSLAN edition is also available.

Honour books:
Not cute by Philip Bunting
Your birthday was the best! by Felicita Sala, text by Maggie Hutchings

The Eve Pownall Award for non-fiction

Dry to dry: The seasons of Kakadu by Pamela Freeman and illustrated by Liz Anelli

Honour books:
The illustrated encyclopaedia of dangerous animals by Sami Bayly
Strangers on country by David Hartley and Kirsty Murray, illustrated by Dub Leffler

These three titles will be available on shelf at the Library when we are able to safely reopen our doors.

New illustrator

The small blue dot by Zeno Sworder

Week one activities

Old Worlds 
Suitable for ages 7-9 years

  • Immerse yourself in the world of Victorian London, 1851 as you read The runaway girls by Jacqueline Wilson  
  • Embark on a colonial Australian history adventure in Night ride into danger by Jackie French 
  • Laugh along as you listen to the adventures of Atticus Van Tasticus, a 1750s pirate, by Andrew Daddo

Above titles available to download from BorrowBox 

New worlds 
Suitable for ages 5-7 years 

Other worlds 
Suitable for ages 9+

Week two activities

Old Worlds
Suitable for ages 5-7 years

Above titles available to download from BorrowBox

  • Trends and fashions of the 80s were crazy!!  Hear all about it as Nadine Garner reads My folks grew up in the 80s by Beck and Robin Feiner
  • Experience the spirit of the Australian bush circa 1890s with Banjo Paterson’s poem Mulga Bill’s bicycle - illustrated by Deborah and Kilmeny Niland and read by Paul Weingott

Above titles available to watch on Story Box Library

New worlds
Suitable for ages 9+

  • Step into the futuristic world of The quest to the uncharted lands written by New York Times bestselling author Jaleigh Johnson
  • Listen to A wrinkle in time – a classical story of intergalactic travel written by Madeleine L'Engle             

Above titles available to download from BorrowBox

Other worlds
Suitable for ages 7-9 years

  • By now, school lunch break probably feels like another world.  Reminisce as you watch Little Lunch on Kanopy Kids (you will need an adult's Willoughby Library card to access content on Kanopy)
  • Listen to the origin story of the popular Wings of fire series by Tui T. Sutherland. The whole series is on BorrowBox in eAudiobook format.
  • Step into the bizarre worlds of Roald Dahl with Billy and the Minpins on BorrowBox

Suitable for ages 11+

Week three activities

Children's Book of the Year 2021 winners announced!!

Watch the online announcement here after 12pm on Friday 20 August.
Then, find the winning picture books on Story Box Library.
Celebrate CBCA Book Week with Story Box Library Book Week activities.

Old Worlds
Suitable for 9+ years

Harry Potter pop quiz –Test your knowledge of Harry Potter with this pop quiz based on all 7 Harry Potter books.

Demi-god trials Virtual Quest – Use your wits and knowledge of the ancient Greek myths to complete this virtual trial, inspired by the world of Percy Jackson.

Board games from the pastDownload and print board games - “Race to the North Pole”,  “Around the Commonwealth” [in an early aviation plane], “Race to the gold diggings” and more. Available from the State Library of South Australia.

Withering-by-sea is a gripping adventure story set in Victoria England. Available on BorrowBox.

Step into the US Deep South of yester year - listen to The adventures of Tom Sawyer - a Mark Twain classic read by Garrick Hagon on BorrowBox.

New Worlds
Suitable for 7-9 years

Future friend by famous comedian David Baddiel will transport you to a hilarious futuristic world. Available on BorrowBox.

Laugh along as you listen to the incredible inventions and exploits of Frank Einstein in Frank Einstein and the electro-finger written (and also read) by award winning author, Jon Scieszka. Available on BorrowBox.

Other Worlds
Suitable for 5-7 year olds

Do school lunch breaks seem like another world by now? Watch the Little Lunch TV series on Kanopy Kids and then try the Little Lunch pop quiz.

Discover the world of early aviation. Read about Amelia Earhart in this National Geographic Kids reader. Perfect for beginner readers.

Step into the imaginary world of The incredible freedom machines written and read by Kirli Saunders on Story Box Library. Then create a book passport.

Imagine the world of a cockroach as you watch Your birthday was the best with quirky illustrations by Felicita Sala and a funny storyline written by Maggie Hutchings. Read by Wayne Hope on Story Box Library.

A dragon, a princess, a prince and a castle sounds like a world of fantasy. But why does the princess wear a paper bag? The paper bag princess - a best selling fractured fairy tale by Robert Munsch. Available by searching on Tumble Book Library.

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