Book Week Reading Challenge: Connect to Reading


Book Week Reading Challenge: Connect to Reading

Can I just say…I LOVE Term Three! No really I do. Whilst I love teaching research skills and all that jazz…in Term Three we focus on LITERATURE. In Term Three in our K-6 Library we read fabulous books, I prattle on about Australian book creators for as long as I want, I SCREAM about the importance of The Children’s Book Council of Australia and their commitment to Australian literature and Australian children and I LIVE AND BREATH Book Week and Australian books of quality. The theme this year for CBCA Book Week is ‘Connect to Reading’ (merchandise and downloads here), which is all kinds of great. I loved Book Week as a kid and I still love it now.

Connect to Reading

I am incredibly lucky to have the best.teaching.partner.ever. Jackie is astonishing. Bit of a whirlwind and mostly I just nod cause I miss half of what she says…but she’s fab to work with. Our Book Week planning is a combo of the Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network book, the Zart Art book and Jackie and I madly brainstorming. Jackie and I thought we’d share our ‘Reading Challenge Booklet’.

All teacher librarians and parents love to encourage young people to read widely and to read outside of their comfort zones. Jackie and I run a Mother Daughter Book Club and Readers’ Cup and this year for Book Week we’re challenging our Prep – Year Six students to connect with reading in many and varied ways.

We’ve just made those great foldable mini books and the lovely Lisa is currently folding and cutting hundreds for us. There are some visual instructions here if you don’t know how to make them. This booklet has been made for a school setting, but it would be great to use it at home also.

Our booklet is below – it’s nothing flash but it may be of use to some of you. We’re going to have a stamp in the library for when a student completes a challenge, and we’ll have certificates and maybe some prizes along the way.

Connect to Reading Booklet (click on link to download as a PDF) *

* I’ve used the downloadable postcard image from the CBCA website here. The website states “free to use to promote reading and Children’s Book Week”.

Our challenges are in text form below if you want to modify them. Some of your schools may not be comfortable with the suggested use of social media to connect with a school. The school at which Jackie and I work encourages teachers to use all sorts of technologies with our students and we run many classes on safe use of social media. This may not be the same at all schools, so of course use your discretion.

Connect to Reading: Read to Connect

Making connections between what you read

Challenge One: Connect with your Family

Read a book to a family member, parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt or uncle or perhaps even your pet!

Challenge Two: Connect to Reading and CREATE

Cooking or crafting is a great way to engage with some purposeful reading. Choose a recipe book from home or the library and cook a recipe from this book or choose a craft book, read and follow the instructions and CREATE!

 Challenge Three: Connect from Afar

Read a book to someone you know living interstate or overseas. You might like to use Skype or a phone or you may like to record yourself reading a book and email it to someone.

Challenge Four: Connect with an Author or Illustrator

Look up one of your favourite authors or illustrators online. Leave a message on their webpage, blog, Facebook page (with parental guidance) or Instagram account (with parental guidance) telling them why you love their work.

Challenge Five: Connect with a Text

Read a text you don’t normally read – perhaps a graphic novel, a newspaper, a magazine, comic strip, instruction manual for your microwave…anything at all! Record here the type of text you connected with.

Challenge Six: Connect with History

Read a historical fiction book or a non-fiction book about a particular time in history which you are interested in.

Challenge Seven: Connect with Technology

Read a text (for example a newspaper, magazine, blog entry or book) using a Kindle, iPad, computer or other device. Many libraries allow you to borrow e-books.

Challenge Eight: Connect with Friends

Lend a book you love to a friend and tell them why you enjoyed this book.

Challenge Nine: Connect with Others (Optional)

Donate a book (a second hand one you no longer want, or a new one) to a charity or school or library.

The titles of each book takes you to the Australian based online bookstore Booktopia. You can also compare prices on Fishpond and Bookworld for Australian purchases.If you live in the US or would prefer to use Amazon click here. If you live in the UK or would prefer to use Book Depository click here. Purchases clicked through from the Children’s Books Daily site result in a small commission. Commission is used in part to maintain Children’s Books Daily and to support community groups which connect children with books.


  1. Thanks for this great idea re connecting challenge! But I will be getting my older students to fold their own books!!! Enjoy term 3…


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