CBCA 2021

You Will Love These CBCA Book Week 2021 Resources

Each year, since 1945, the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has brought together children and books to celebrate Book Week. A celebration of Australian authors and illustrators it will be held from August 21st to 27th. 

Book Week is a time for schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children to celebrate Australian children's literature.  The best way to celebrate is to hold a Book Week Parade and our fun CBCA Book Week activities will make it easy to provide literacy activities before and after your parade. 

We are very excited to present the literary teaching resources for each of the Book Week books below. Our teacher authored Book Week resources are tailored for Primary and Pre-school aged children and are just part of the thousands of downloadable activities here on LearnFromPlay.com.  

Each of these Book Week sets includes two free activities for you to use to celebrate Book Week which means even on our free subscription, you are able to download high quality teacher-authored class activities PLUS a beautiful illustrated CBCA 2021 Book Week poster to print off and display in your classroom or library. 

We hope you will LOVE our CBCA Book Week 2021 teaching resources. If you do, please share this page with your fellow teachers and librarians and have a fabulous Book Week August 21st - 27th.

FREE Book Week Activities

Fun activities inspired by this year's theme of Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds - OWNWOW!

Book Week Notable and Short Listed Activity Sets

Not Cute

Shortlisted for the CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award 2021 Not Cute is a fun look at believing in yourself while being aware of how you should treat others. We have made 6 activities including matching animals to their shape and name, instructions to draw a quokka, using adjectives to describe animals, fable messages and a find-a-word.

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Shortlisted to win the 2021 CBCA Eve Pownall Award this non-fiction picture book is about the Azaria Chamberlain Case. Best read to older students in Years 5 or 6 the 5 activities we have designed include a timeline of events eventually leading to Lindy Chamberlain’s full acquittal, a comprehension activity about dingoes, how to draw a dingo, sorting fact from falsehoods and learning about Ayres Rock or Uluru.

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Shapes and Colours

A CBCA Notable Early Childhood Book of the Year for 2021 this simple book is perfect for teaching colours and shapes. The 6 activities we have made for this book are aimed at Pre-School and Kindergarten students and explore shapes, colour, foods, printing, handwriting and finding the odd one out.

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There’s No Such Thing

Shortlisted to be the 2021 CBCA Early Childhood Book of the Year this is a fun story about Ted and Bear’s camping trip. Activities include understanding onomatopoeias or sound words, reading a person’s emotion on their face, fine motor skills of tracing, a colour by number, a memory card game and a fine art and craft activity to make a pom pom spider.

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We Love You, Magoo

This is a rhyming picture book shortlisted to be the CBCA 2021 Early Childhood Book of the Year 2021. A whimsical look at how Magoo’s ideas about what a dog should do – do not always match those of his family. Aimed at pre-school aged children we have created 6 fun activities including a matching rhyming words activity, a finding the odd one out, a maze to help Magoo find his bone, a dot to dot, a simple tracing activity to practice fine motor skills and a cut and paste activity of the difference between dogs and people.

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Busy Beaks

Shortlisted to be the CBCA 2021 Early Childhood Book of the Year this is a colourful almost rhyming story about one day in Australia with some of its unique birds. Perfect for young children in Kindergarten or Year 1 we have made 6 activities for this book including a simple counting birds eggs activity, bird dot-to-dot, matching birds to their name, an almost rhyming words matching activity using words from the book, a bird find a word and matching birds to their actions in the book.

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Book Week Interactive Games For Kids

The games below are advertisement free and will open in a new window. They can be played by children online as many times as they like. The Match Up Memory Card Game will allow children to improve their memory while the Maze Game lets them develop strategy and problem solving skills while having fun. These games will also build children's attention, concentration and focus, visual recognition and short-term memory. Enjoy.

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