Book Week 2019 – Reading is My Secret Power | Book Week Costume Ideas | 17-23 Aug 2019

CBCA Book Week 2019

Each year across Australia, the Children’s Book Council of Australia brings children and books together celebrating CBCA Book Week. During this time schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children celebrate Australian children’s literature and you will often see children’s book character parades and talented librarians creating amazing displays.

Throughout the year, the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) works in partnership with authors, illustrators, publishers, booksellers and other organisations in the children’s book world to bring images and stories into the hearts and minds of children and adults. 

The CBCA is a not for profit, volunteer run organisation that aims to engage the community with literature for young Australians.

Established in 1945, the CBCA was founded at a time when Australian children’s books were few, and Australian authors and illustrators were virtually unknown. In 1946 the CBCA established annual book awards to promote Australian children’s books of outstanding literary and artistic quality. These awards are now the most influential and highly respected in Australia. 

The CBCA Book of the Year Awards Winner and Honour Books will be announced on Friday 16 August 2019 and CBCA Book Week commences the following day. Across Australia, the CBCA brings children and books together to celebrate CBCA Book Week.

The 2019 CBCA Book Week theme is Reading is My Secret Power and the dates are Saturday 17 to Friday 23 August.

Getting Involved:

  • Check with your local library for events and activities
  • Encourage your children to dress up and participate in school events and activities
  • Share photos via social media using #CBCA2019
  • Tweet photos of your Children’s Book Week displays using #CBCA2019


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Dressing Up

Costumes can be made up of items you have lying around at home, old dress ups and craft materials.  Stores such as Kmart, Spotlight, $2 shops and even hardware stores can have items you can use with a little imagination.  There are also fabulous ready-made costumes covering a huge range of themes available for all ages from local and online costume stores that will save you time if you’re not confident sewing and creating your own costume.  If your child loves dressing up at home and role playing with friends, costumes can be a great investment for hours of endless play.


We were absolutely blown away by this Transformers creation by Nadine for her son’s first Book Week parade.


For more information and all enquiries please visit the CBCA website.

What:   CBCA Book Week 2019

When:    Saturday 17 – Thursday 22 August 2019

Where:   Schools, libraries and bookshops

Who:   School-aged children and book lovers

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

Image Source: CBCA website


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