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Bookweek is held every year by the Children's Book Council of Australia. It draws attention to
the quality of the books published for children. Authors are delighted when their book is
nominated for an award. There are different categories based on the age of the readers and the
type of book eg Picture Book or Information Book. Once they are nominated the books go on to a
Short List from which the winners are selected. Below are some of this year's selected books.
Westfields takes part in the Fairbanks Bookweek celebrations by attending the annual luncheon
arranged by the librarians from the Fairfield and Bankstown areas. Only four students are
selected to attend and this is based on criteria which indicates the students desire to read
library books. It is a wonderful excursion because the students get to have lunch with authors
and illustrators, buy books and interact with students from other schools.
The aim of the library is to entice children to read so they develop a love of books, the art of
storytelling and the pleasure of sitting down in a quiet place and entering a new world of
experiences and characters one only meets in books. The new breed of authors of childrens' books
like J. K. Rowling and Lemony Snicket have been responsible for getting children to read. These
authors seem to have universal appeal and have attracted the interests of those between seven
We need to use these books as a starting point and guide our readers to writers such as Emily
Rodda, Margaret Clark, John Marsden, Christopher Pike to mention a few. Check out the book
reviews which appear on this website for some new novels you might like to read and recommend to
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