Curious Creatures, Wild Minds: ​Yarra Libraries celebrating Book Week (17-23 October 2020)

Friday 18 September 2020


Each year since 1945, the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has brought children and books together across Australia through CBCA Book Week. During this time schools and public libraries spend one glorious week celebrating books and Australian children's authors and illustrators. Classroom teachers and librarians create colourful displays, develop activities, run competitions and tell stories relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading. You will often see parades with students dressed as their favourite book character.

This year, things are looking a little different as our librarians bring Book Week to life online! Join us for a week full of special storytimes as we revisit past Book Week favourites, get inspired with costume design and diorama-making workshops and learn about our children's illustration competition!

This page will be updated as event details are revealed later in October.



Children’s Illustration Competition

Submissions now open. Submissions close Thursday 3 December; winners announced Friday 4 December.

As part of Book week 2020, The Ewing Trust, Yarra Libraries and The Little Bookroom would like to see your Children’s book character creations. It's easy to enter:

  1. Watch the how-to video featuring illustrator Lucinda Gifford 
  2. Draw us the most interesting creature your imagination can create;
  3. Tell us about your creature and enter it into our competition!
    Submit your creature via our online submission form
The competition will be split into three age categories: Pre-school, Prep to Grade 2 and Grades 3-6.
Prizes totalling $1,000 courtesy of The Little Bookroom will be awarded in each category for the most amazing creatures.



Podcast for Kids – Adrian Beck

Released Tuesday 20 October

Adrian Beck writes funny, action-packed stories for kids, including Derek Dool – Supercool and Kick it to Nick with AFL legend, Shane Crawford. But what made him want to be a writer? And how did he get started? In this special podcast for kids, Adrian reveals all!



Book Week Retrospective Storytimes

Daily at 11am between 17-23 October, livestreamed via our Facebook page

Join our Children’s and Youth Services Team as they share their favourite titles from previous years. On the last day, join us as we read 2020’s Picture Book of the Year!

Due to copyright agreements in place with each publisher, some storytime sessions will not be available afterwards.


CARP Productions Book Week Show Online

Saturday 17 October

Come this way… if you dare! And enjoy the Marvellous Monster Fair! Beware the curious creatures with wild minds, who will send goosebumps down your spine!
Celebrate Book Week 2020 with Carp Production’s Online Book Week Show livestreamed via our Facebook page! (Suitable for kids aged 5+.)


Book Week Costume design and diorama workshops will also be released on our Vimeo channel during Book Week.



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