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It's always book time

- August 20, 2012

iPads are cool and sport can be fun, but there’s still nothing like a good book to help young imaginations soar.

Amy from Johnson House has a varied audience for Book Week this year.

If there’s one thing we like above all else at The Infants’ Home, it’s books.

This week, children from all our early education centres will be enjoying the glorious mid-winter weather in our spacious grounds with their heads in a book.

It’s all part of our involvement in Children’s Book Week, which is managed by the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

Karen explores a story with children from Gorton House.


One of our young readers joins the asdventures of a frog in the monring sunshine.

67 years and counting...

Now in its 67th year, Book Week is the longest running children’s festival in Australia.

Each year, schools and public libraries across the country spend a week celebrating books and promoting Australian authors and illustrators.

Teachers and librarians organise activities, offer competitions and tell stories relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading.

A group of children from Johnson Babies enjoy some books with Cath.

The Olympic flame is still burning

Even Olympic champions like reading books.

The theme for 2012 is Champions Read, to capture the spirit of the Olympic Games.

There has been a theme for every year since 1945, often to conincide with a big national or international event.

Younger readers from Rigby House enjoy their story with Leila.

Our favourite Book Week themes since its inception are:

1946 – Books are Bridges

1948 – Books Bring Adventure

1957 – It’s Always Book Time

1975 – Read All About it!

1984 – Books Have it Covered

1996 – Anywhere Anytime Anybook

1998 – Put Yourself in the Picture

2001 – 2001: A Book Odyssey

2011 – One World, Many Stories

The early pace of Book Week proved exhausting for some young readers.

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