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Book Week in the Junior School was launched on Monday 20 August with an Indiana Jones inspired assembly, led by the Library Committee. Ms Sally Houston’s incredible artwork of Indiana’s plane, truck and motorbike formed part of the backdrop to an ancient civilization.

During the assembly, stone tablets depicted this year’s winners of the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards which included:

  • Picture Book of the Year, A Walk in the Bush by Gwyn Perkins
  • Early Childhood Book of the Year, Rodney Loses It by Michael Gerard Bauer
  • Younger Reader of the Year, How to Bee by Bren MacDibble

During Term 3, the Junior School boys established their own voting system for their favourite books using a jellybean system! The following books, decided by the boys, won the following awards:

  • Picture Book of the Year, Mopoke by Philip Bunting
  • Early Childhood Book of the Year, Rodney Loses It by Michael Gerard Bauer
  • Younger Reader of the Year, The Grand Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler by Lisa Shanahan

Pirate inspired model competition entries were also displayed during the assembly, with all 65 participants recognised with a certificate. These incredible models can be viewed in the Junior School foyer.

On Thursday of Book Week, Palm House boys were treated to craft activities inspired by some of the short-listed books. These activities included fire-breathing dragons, feathery owls, tree hanging sloths, colourful flying birds and a friend-eating puppet!

The Friday Book Parade Character Parade was enjoyed by many parents, as they watched their sons parade in their book character inspired costumes. The boys were delighted to see Mr Tim Browning and staff participate by also dressing up as their favourite book characters. Congratulations to all families for the time, effort and creativity that went into these costumes.

The culmination of Book Week activities and celebration of the boys’ love of reading was on Friday 31 August with our annual Read Around with Dad.

Finally, a huge thank you to the Junior School staff for their willingness and enthusiasm in supporting Book Week events and especially to my Pirate Crew (library staff) for their unwavering support and endless energy in the lead up to, and commitment of all Book Week events.

Sue Dansie