Leadership and Management

Book Week 


​18-24th August

Book Week is about focussing on Books.


Book Week is celebrated each year. This year Book Week will be celebrated during week 6 of Term 3 running from the 20th - 24th of August. This annual event highlights the importance of reading and draws on the joy of stories and the creativity of Australian books.

The 2018 theme for the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book Week is 'Find Your Treasure'.


Book week is about encouraging students to read; to learn about new books; to share favourite writers and illustrators; to look again at old favourite books in maybe a different way; to take time to be alone and just read. The aim for teachers during Book Week is to create an exciting environment using displays that challenge and stimulate students to enjoy the theme, 'Find Your Treasure' as well as the books that are shortlisted for the 2018 Book of the Year.


Every year, the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Short List proves to be extremely influential in children’s publishing and bookselling. Each year, the books entered in the CBCA awards provide insight into the preoccupations of society in our times and when released, generate much debate and public interest. The annual awards are for books with an implied readership under the age of eighteen.


The awards fall in five categories:

Early Childhood

Young Readers

Older Readers

Picture Book of the Year

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books


Primarily books are assessed on literary merit - language, originality & theme. Judges also look at book design, illustrations, production, printing and binding.


The Children’s Book Council of Australia’s 2018 Notable Books list was released on the 27th February. The Book of the Year Shortlist was announced on the 27th March, with resounding congratulations to Australian authors and illustrators who clearly lead the world in children’s publishing.

The book of the Year winners will be announced during Children’s Book Week celebrations.


The Shortlisted books that we will be focussing on at Galilee are:

How To Bee by Bren Macdibble

The Grand Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler by Lisa Shanahan

Boy by Phil Cummings

I’m Australian Too by Mem Fox

Florette by Anna Walker

The students will have a wishlist which they will create after going to see the bookfair the Friday before book week.

The bookfair will be open all week before and after school during Book Week.


The week will begin with Grandparents Day Mass on Monday the 20th August at 9.30 am in St. Peter & Paul’s church. There will be a morning tea held in the hall for Grandparents after mass.


On Wednesday the 22nd, the children can come to school dressed up as a book character and there will be a parade for children to showcase their costumes at 9am on the day.


Our Book Week incursion performance, Treasure Hunt, will take place on Monday the 27th August.


Laura Cox

English Leader