Characters come to life

Joining in the fun of Book Week at Giggles Early Learning are Bronte as a nurse, Kali Hills as a farmer from the book Stuck in the Muck and Thomas Thorp.

Literacy. This week (August 22 to 28) is Book Week and to mark the occasion, local children are dressing up and immersing themselves in picture books.

An initiative of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, Book Week celebrates its 70th anniversary this year and the theme – lining up with last week’s local Science Gig – is ‘Books Light Up Our World’.

Children at Giggles Early Learning in Smithton are celebrating the event “to acknowledge the importance of reading”, says owner Linda Wooldrage.

From the early childhood shortlist, the book Pig the Pug – authored and illustrated by Aaron Blabey – was chosen for the children to explore.

The text reads ‘Pig was a pug and I’m sorry to say, he was greedy and selfish in most every way’, prompting discussions on the importance of sharing with others.

“Children are supported to express their feelings, worries and concerns, using the text as a platform for meaningful discussions,” Mrs Wooldrage said.

“All texts shared with children at Giggles are carefully and purposefully selected, featuring simple pictures of familiar objects in bold, bright colours. The content features repetition, patterns and rhyme – as does this one.”

Children and educators alike joined in the spirit of the week to dress up as their favourite book characters.

“Children have been exploring cloth and making props,” Mrs Wooldrage said, “in encouraging children to not rush out and buy a new costume but use available resources to become the character of choice.”

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