We’re all about child literacy here at haven, but for lots of mums the pressure of Book Week is less about the reading and more about the outfits. As kids celebrate Children’s Book Week this week, mums (and dads) everywhere will be scouring Spotlight, trying to remember how to sew from Year 8 Home Ec classes and stretching the bounds of what’s classified as a ‘book’ to make superhero costumes eligible entries in their child’s Book Week parade.

While some schools celebrated Book Week last week, public libraries and schools across Queensland are set to mark the occasion this week, with official Children’s Book Week running from 20-26 August.

At haven we have loved sharing the stories of the overachieving and make-believing mums in our school tribes. We were awestruck at the supermum who organised seven (yes, SEVEN) outfits for her daughter and friends to go as the Seven Dwarfs (with each outfit in a ziplock bag with instructions no less!), and mentally high-fived the creative mum at a Catholic primary school who sent her child as Jesus, representing one of the world’s ‘oldest books’ (brownie points for this year’s report card!).

Then there’s the mum who rifled through the budget options at The Reject Shop to find the only costume that would fit her long-legged son (green, felt, itchy elf costume, complete with bow and arrow that would most definitely be banned from school) and had to hurriedly brainstorm a book character that could match the costume. (Peter Pan, and ok, yes it was me.)

But hey, that’s outshone by the mum who sent her daughter as one of the Pink Ladies from Grease (was there even a book for that? We won’t tell…).

Children’s Book Week is an amazing event celebrated each year. Kids love it, teachers embrace it, libraries offer brilliant group reading events, and for one week reading comes to the top of every young child’s agenda.

This Book Week, the State Library of Queensland is joining forces with public libraries state-wide to offer free literacy activities as part of the First 5 Forever initiative. A $20 million program, now in its second year, First 5 Forever supports parents of kids aged 0-5 in early language and literacy development, through activities like reading, singing, playing and talking.

While you’re sweating and sewing and scouring the shops and dress-up box for the perfect character costume for your littlest reader, take a break to sit on the couch, snuggle up and read a book to your babe – and remember what Book Week is all about. Get expressive with the characters’ voices, encourage your child to read along, and enjoy this perfect moment of sharing the love of a literary adventure. Then get back to the Janome, because you know there’s another mum ready to bust out an Olympics Closing Ceremony-worthy costume at your kids’ school this week.


We love to see how our readers are celebrating Book Week. Tag us @havenhub or share your stories at facebook.com/havenhub.

Courtney Robinson

Courtney Robinson  

Courtney Robinson is a Gold Coast mum, passionate foodie, whole foods recipe creator and personal trainer certified in holistic digestive health and nutrition. Follow @athletist_ or visit athletist.com.au for recipes, workout tips and training hacks.