Characters come to life
THERE was Alice in Wonderland, The Cat in the Hat, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and even SpongeBob SquarePants at Wyrallah Road Public School's Book Week celebrations yesterday.
Almost all of the school's 486 students dressed up as characters from their favourite books to take part in a fancy dress parade.
School Librarian Peter Bylossaid the parade brought the characters to life and was a great way for the children to engage with books.
The school also held a fundraising book fair which saw a large volume of books purchased.
The strong sales were evidence that books were not dead, Mr Bylos said.
"When children read, they get involved. It is so much better than playing an electronic game," he said.
The theme of this year's book week, which starts today, is Champions Read.
For the past 67 years, schools and public libraries across Australia spend a week celebrating books, Australian authors and illustrators.
It is the longest running children's festival in Australia.
The Children's Book Council of Australia, which organises the event, announces the Children's Book of the Year to coincide with the festival.
This year's book of the year is On a Small Island, by Alison Lester and Carol Tulloch.
The picture book of the year is A Bus Called Heaven, by Bob Graham.
In the category of early childhood, the winner is The Runaway Hug, by Nick Bland.
For young readers, Crow Country, by Kate Constable, was the winner while the older readers section was won by Scot Gardiner for The Dead I Know.
What's on for Book Week
Lismore, Ballina and Byron Bay libraries have made special book week displays and will be working with local schools to celebrate books.