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Book Week Activity Ideas for the Classroom

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Book Week is very quickly approaching and if you’re looking for a one stop shop for Book Week activity ideas that you can use in your classroom, or school library – you’ve come to the right place! The CBCA Book Week theme for  2022 is – Dreaming with Eyes Open. A wonderful theme that celebrates the beauty of diving into a wonderful book.


Book Week Ideas for the Classroom

Many of the printable templates we have available for this year’s Book Week go perfectly with one of the books that are shortlisted on the CBCA Shortlist – 2022. Some of our favourites from this list include:

Early Years Activities for Book Week

Book Review Template

Once your class has read one of the beautiful children’s books from the shortlist (or any book for that matter), have them complete an Australian animal-themed book report. This download comes with two options so it will suit a range of ages.

 Australian animal book review template

Decorative Reading Glasses Fun

Just for a little bit of fun, why not have students cut and assemble one of these awesome Decorative Reading Glasses to rock during Book Week!

funky glasses paper template

Book Week Display Idea

Why not use the paper reading glasses above as a photo prop on dress up day. Students can wear their glasses and have their photo taken. Print the photo out and stick it on the My Book Week Character Template and display this in your classroom, the school library or even at the school administration area.

Upper Years Activities for Book Week

My Dream Story Template

Let your students’ imaginations run wild during Book Week with this super cool narrative story template! Students can dream up their ideal story – with no limits! They draw a picture of their setting in one side of the glasses and their characters in the other. They can then briefly describe what is going to happen in their story in the text box.

Alternatively, older students, can write their full story on a larger piece of paper but still stick that to the bottom of their glasses!

narrative story template

Explore a Dreaming Story Worksheet

Storytelling is a sacred tradition shared by the First Nations people of Australia. Encourage your students to explore a Dreaming story that comes from your area’s Country. Invite a traditional custodian of the land on which your school resides to share a Dreamtime story with your class. Students can complete the template after listening to the story.

Encourage your students to share their thoughts behind the meaning of the stories and how they connect to Country.

exploring dreaming stories worksheet

Australian Animal Mindfulness Bookmark Template

These absolutely beautifully designed printable bookmarks mixed with mindfulness colouring are the perfect activity to do with all ages!

Australian animal printable bookmark templates

Book Week Display Ideas

Many of the templates above would work beautifully as a Book Week display. Download and print our Dreaming With Eyes Open Display Banner to finish off your Book Week display.

Book week display banner

Check out these beautifully designed posters to add to your Book Week display:

Image of 'Get Stuck in a Good Book' Poster

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'Get Stuck in a Good Book' Poster

A superhero-themed poster for the classroom.

Teach Starter Publishing1 pageYears: F - 6
Image of Reading Corner Poster – Dive Into Another World... Read a Book!

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Reading Corner Poster – Dive Into Another World... Read a Book!

A beautifully designed poster to display in your classroom reading corner.

Teach Starter Publishing1 pageYears: F - 4

Looking for some inspiration for your Book Week costume? Check out our blog – Book Week Costume Ideas for Teachers.
Don’t forget to check out our Book Week Resource Collection for more creative ways to celebrate Book Week this year!

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