Book Week 2024

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CBCA Children's Book Week

The Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) is a national organization that promotes literature and literacy across Australia. Established in 1945, the CBCA was founded at a time when Australian children's books were scarce and local authors and illustrators were unknown. In 1946, the organization launched the Book of the Year Awards to recognize outstanding literary and artistic achievements.

Throughout the year, the CBCA brings together children and books through various initiatives, including Children's Book Week, an annual celebration of reading and storytelling. The CBCA partners with authors, illustrators, publishers, booksellers, and other organizations to promote a love of reading and a deeper appreciation for the world of children's literature.

Book Week 2024

This year Book Week will run from Saturday 17 August to Friday 23 August, with the theme 'Reading is Magic!'

Each of our Libraries will be celebrating Book Week with displays, special events and competitions.

Check out What's On to find Book Week events at your library.

Book Week Competitions

Join the celebrations by participating in one of Shoalhaven Libraries Book Week 2024 competitions and you could win a prize! Remember to ask a parent/guardian or your teacher to help you complete the entry form on the back. Pick up your entry form from your local library, or print from below.


Preschool – Are you an expert at colouring in? Try your best and colour in the picture based on the 2024 Book Week theme: ‘Reading is Magic’

Infants (K-2) – Get creative and complete the acrostic poem using one word for each letter of the word ‘MAGIC’.

Primary (Years 3 to 6) – Are your design skills up to the challenge? Design and create a magical bookmark based on the 2024 Book Week theme: ‘Reading is Magic’.

High School – Challenge your writing skills by selecting one of the three writing prompts and write a short story based on the Book Week theme: ‘Reading is Magic’. Entries should be no longer than 500 words, not including the writing prompt.

Remember to only complete the section that is applicable to your group. Drop your Book Week Competition entry along with a completed entry form to any Shoalhaven Libraries branch by 5pm, Friday 16 August.

Good Luck!

The competitions are open to all participants in Preschool, Infants, Primary and High School; aged 2 to 18 years and only open to Shoalhaven residents. The competitions run from 1 July to 16 August 2024.

Preschool Competition



Infants Competition



Primary Competition



High School Competition





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