One of the most amazing feelings as an author is to see children dress as one of your characters for Book Week.
I was actually quite blindsided the first time I received a fan photo of a child dressed up as Cheer Chick Charlie. The books had only been launched two months prior and I had no idea that kids actually knew Charlie existed. Receiving that fan photo via social media was like winning the lottery.
Every year I now get a bunch of pictures from fans dressed as Charlie. I don't know how many Charlie's there actually are out there but I am extremely appreciative of those parents who take the time to send the pictures in.
|Here is just a small selection of the more recent photos sent in last year|
All photos are published on Cheer Chick Charlie social media with permission from parents.
Back in May/June I launched a new series via eBook called "Flippin' Out" starring Stunt Boy Ben. I would love to see Ben turn up in my Book Week feed this year. Although I think it's probably a little early for that.
This week is Book Week and today I am speaking to a Year 6 class about how to get inspiration for story writing.
I'm excited to have been invited into a school to chat about the wonder and magic of story telling.
It got me to thinking about why Book Week is so important.
- It helps children to focus on the importance of reading and encourages them to continue despite their challenges
- It celebrates books in all forms: eBooks, paper books and audio
- It celebrates local authors
- It recognises the work of authors whether they be established or emerging
- It recognises the work of illustrators and celebrates their unique creativity.
- It celebrates local book shops and encourages us to walk inside a real life book store
- It recognises the importance of libraries and the need for all people to have access to free good quality reading material
- It encourages children to immerse themselves in fictional characters which helps keep their sense of wonder, innovation and creativity alive
- Curriculum for that week often focusses on the publishing process, the art of writing and how to create good stories
- It encourages children to enjoy new authors and books and helps embed a lifelong love for reading.
What do you love about Book Week?
Does your school celebrate?
What children's book characters have you seen at a Book Week parade?
The Children's Book Council of Australia encourages the celebration of children's books each year. Book Week 2016 runs from 20 August through to 26 August.
PS I won the best Book Week parade when I was about 11 years old. I was dressed as Old Mother Hubbard I think? Or perhaps that was the year I went as Olive Oyl from Popeye? I'm not sure you'd see either of those characters at a Book Week these days!
PPS If you'd like some FREE Book Week printables I've got a few over at Cheer Chick Charlie. Click here to get your free downloads.