To celebrate, we have had some fun activities on offer. Students can solve the puzzles in the ‘Escape from the library’ game; enter our Signpost quiz (what book is the destination on the sign from?); take part in our ‘Escape to everywhere’ quiz with escape-themed questions or enter the visual art competition.
Book Week 19-25 August. Theme – Escape to everywhere.
Each year the Children’s Book Council of Australia chooses the best Australian children’s books in various categories – early childhood; younger readers; picture books; older readers and information books. The ‘older readers’ books are suitable for high school and college. https://cbca.org.au/
Better Reading Australia
Some great reads can be found in the Better Reading Australia’s Top 100 list. The votes are in – new list for 2017 out soon.
Reading suggestions and weekly best-sellers: http://www.betterreading.com.au/
Themed book lists and book suggestions: http://www.betterreading.com.au/book_list/
Top 50 Kids’ Books 2017: http://www.betterreading.com.au/book_list/better-reading-presents-australias-top-50-kids-books/
Dymocks Top 101 2017
- All the light we cannot see 2. The book thief 3. The girl on the train 4. Harry Potter series 5. The light between oceans
Goodreads Choice Awards 2016
The only major book awards decided by readers – over 3.55 million votes. Fiction winner: Truly madly deeply by Liane Moriarty. Sci fi winner: Morning star by Pierce Brown. Mystery & thriller winner: End of watch by Stephen King.
World’s largest site for book recommendations, quizzes, quotes – owned by Amazon.
Books with different kinds of escapes: https://www.goodreads.com/list/tag/escape
Escaping from difficult situations: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/15465.Escape_Books
Indie Book Awards 2017
Awarded by Australian independent booksellers. Winner: The dry by Jane Harper. Young adult winner: Words in deep blue by Cath Crowley. Children’s winner: Circle by Jeannie Baker.
Australian Independent Bookseller
New releases, weekly top 10, literary awards news. The 91-story treehouse by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton is top this week.
The condition of acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in your home without reading them….From the Japanese ‘tsunde’ (to stack things) ‘oku’ (to leave for a while) and ‘dokusho’ (to read).
Artificial Intelligence creates romance book titles!
20 000 Harlequin Romance novel titles were given to a neural network, a type of artificial intelligence that learns the structure of text. The AI created its own titles and authors, including: The savage bride; Surgery seduction; Impossible Santa wife; Under the cowboy and the bestselling Sob over the boss…
Minimalist book covers
Book covers for 1984 the novel
10 words for book lovers
Hamartia: refers to a fatal flaw that leads to the downfall of a tragic hero. Or maybe you are a librocubicultarist – someone who reads in bed.
Why did they choose that as the book title?
Moments in popular books where book titles are mentioned.
25 fun bookish quizzes
Is it a line from The great Gatsby…or is it a Jay-Z lyric? What classical character are you? Match the author with the ailment.
What can you learn from a book?
Biologists at Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries have investigated the 12th century book the Gospel of Luke and discovered holes from 900 year old bookworms, microbes from people who coughed on the book and the various animal skins used in the parchment – 8.5 calves, 10.5 sheep and half a goat. They want to build a parchment DNA library, using ancient DNA from various sources.
Why we love the smell of old books
Many people think old books smell like chocolate, followed by coffee. However, old libraries smell ‘woody’, ‘smoky’, ‘earthy’….
Interesting literature facts for trivia lovers
Canberra Writers’ Festival 25-27 August
OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks
All ACT government staff and students have access to a great collection of over 5000 ebooks and audiobooks – for primary, high school, college and adults, accessible on all devices. Find them in Oliver, the library catalogue, available in the Backpack. Search for titles, authors and subjects in Oliver (ebooks have a tablet icon), click on it and then click Borrow OverDrive ebook. For personal devices, allow pop-ups in your browser and download the OverDrive app: http://app.overdrive.com . Have a browse – there’s lots of great titles to be discovered!