Past Themes |  2018

The theme for the 2018 Summer Reading Club is CURIOUS CREATURES.

From real creatures to the imagined, actual to mythological, microscopic to megafauna, and Australia’s marvellous marsupials to all the classification of Animalia in between, this summer children and young people will be encouraged to explore and connect with a curiosity of creatures.

Programming activities led by the SRC Team and participating libraries will encourage children and young people to:

  • learn about real life animal heroes
  • explore the concept of anthropomorphic characters (fictional talking animals, that possess human-like qualities but appear as creatures)
  • celebrate Australian classics with publication birthdays (including Norman Lindsay’s, The Magic Pudding (100), and May Gibbs, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie (100)).
  • explore Non-fiction–animal facts and kingdoms
  • explore books whose narratives are informed by or grounded in Australia’s landscape, flora or fauna, such as Dorothy Wall’s Blinky Bill.
  • connect to books with websites/apps – extending reading beyond the text on the page
  • explore titles that explore the strange, odd, peculiar, funny, unusual, bizzare, weird, eccentric, unexpected, unfamiliar, abnormal, and macabre, such as Ransom Rigg’s series Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
  • discuss and consider the concept of curiosity and discovery.

It is anticipated that many libraries may also choose to incorporate opportunities to explore science, technology, IT, STEM/STEAM education in the delivery of their holiday programs.

Literary Connections – Coming Soon

As libraries develop programming in connection with this theme it is envisioned that participants in this year’s Summer Reading Club will have the opportunity to:

  • ENGAGE w/libraries and library collections,
  • DISCOVER creatures from the real to the imagined and
  • ENJOY reading books and participating in activities that inspire them to embrace the curiosities around us.

2019, 2020 – Coming soon

The programming themes for 2019, 2020 will be released late 2018.