This years theme is ‘Books Light up our World’ and it’s a great opportunity for children to experience the joys of reading. As it’s also the 70th anniversary of the Children’s Book Council of Australia it’s a particularly special week. The National Library of Australia is also celebrating NCBW. I had a chat with Matt Warren, the Community Programs Officer at the NLA, about how it’s celebrating.
Karolina: Why was Books light up our world chosen as this years theme?
Matt: With 2015 being declared the International Year of Light, the theme ‘Books Light Up Our World’ seems particularly appropriate. Books really can light up our world by illuminating far off places, fascinating characters and wondrous adventures, all from the comfort of our local or school library.
Is the National Library doing any special events to celebrate this week?
The National Library of Australia aims to promote and celebrate children’s literature every week of the year. The education team run school holiday story-telling sessions, and our wonderful publishing program has produced one of this years shortlisted books, Tea and Sugar Christmas.
Do you have any recommendations for children’s books?
A couple of my favourite children’s books in recent years have been Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey and Feathers for Phoebe by Rod Clement. They are sweet, funny and beautifully illustrated books about the importance of sharing and being true to yourself respectively. Both books have been honoured by being included in the CBCA shortlist in the Picture Books category.
Do you think this week is important and why?
Each year, schools and public libraries across Australia spend a week celebrating books and Australian authors and illustrators. It’s a chance for Classroom teachers, teacher librarians and public librarians, authors and illustrators to come together and highlight the importance of reading.