Students celebrate Children’s Book Week

THE Denmark public library put on a colourful week of literary fun as part of Children’s Book Week 2019, with special guest Rebecca Blaxel from the Fremantle Literature Centre sharing with students the secrets to a great book.

The theme of this year’s event, from August 17-23, was ‘Reading is My Secret Power’.

Students from Golden Hill Steiner school and Spirit of Play Community school attended a workshop with Ms Blaxel to explore two special Australian books – Tree by Danny Parker, and Once Upon a Small Rhinoceros by Meg McKinlay.

Denmark library staff Jemma as Trixie Belden and Robyn as Where’s Wally. Photo courtesy Shire of Denmark.

Manager library services Robyn Fairclough said that the workshop was fascinating, and she was thrilled by the students’ response.
“The students were given insight into how the books were written and published, and were able to view the original artworks,” Mrs Fairclough said.

“They could see firsthand how illustrations can enhance a story, and it was wonderful to see the students so immersed.”

Year-5 students from Denmark Primary also participated in the week of celebration, exploring classic books and poetry, while library staff ‘channelled’ children’s book characters, including Where’s Wally, Hermione Granger, the Wicked Witch of the East, and the White Rabbit.

A children’s book club was also launched, as a way to inspire children to read, and discuss new and interesting books with their peers.

Children’s Book Week is the longest-running children’s festival in Australia, and this year celebrated its 74th anniversary.

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