I love an Australian storyAnd the richness that it evokesFrom the rock that carries the dreamingTo the endless sandy coastOf the people from all nationsThat have chosen it as their ownTheir stories are our storiesThis country is our ownNarelle Adams
The 2016 theme is Australia: Story Country.
Here are some ideas to get you started...

.Follow Audrey's board 2016 CBCA Australia:Story Country on Pinterest.

Search The Bottom Shelf for Australia: Story Country for reviews of titles for K-3 that tell of the people, places and events that have shaped our country.

Click here to download the Australia: Story Country Reading Challenge

Click here to download a quiz for Australia:Story Country. Because one of the intended outcomes is to have the students develop and consolidate their information literacy skills, including sharing, discussing and confirming their answers, no answers have been or will be provided. If a teacher wants answers then it takes less than an hour to find the answers for all five quizzes.

Here is a song for Book Week 2016

Australian Storytelling has articles and stories by storytellers for storytellers

The Book Chook has lots of resources and activities
Resources to support the theme
Focus on Storytelling


The Book Curator is offering a magazine with ideas for the theme as well as a separate magazine of reviews of the 2016 Notables list for a combined total of $50 if ordered before May 31, 2016 Add both items to your shopping cart to receive the discount. Contact Rowena Beresford for more information.

Make your theme for your parade this year a character from an Australian story book. Enrich the parade by having students use this poster as a model to suggest an Australian character for each letter.


Amanda Gardiner , TL at St Josephs in Bardon, QLD, has shared her Google Lit Trip she created a few years ago based on Alison Lester's Are We There Yet?
She suggests you download it onto a computer that has Google Earth installed rather than to a phone or tablet. Quite an extensive unit if done completely or can be used to visit just a few places.
Click for the support documents .

Rueleen Weeks at Dubbi Christian School has shared this activity...
Your task is to write a personal story that is part of Australia's story. Write 250 words (+/- 20%) about a meaningful experience that you and/or your family have had. It could take the form of a short story, a poem, a letter or a diary entry.

The English teachers have graciously allocated 2 periods for us to do it. I introduced the idea by talking about Patterson, Lawson, Aboriginal stories from Maralinga, Cobb & Co coach-related diary entries and letters, and anecdotes from the Nyngan flood. I then shared a brief story from my teen years. The students have generally responded very well - there are some great stories developing.

How Australian children's authors create magic on a page

"The interplay between words and images is one of the magic ingredients in a show-stopping picture book. Achieving that magic requires serious innovation. Writers, illustrators and editors work hard to balance word with image, and to carry the story or message through both."