CBCA Children's Book Week 2017


Escape to Everywhere

Each year across Australia, The CBCA brings children and books together celebrating CBCA Children’s Book Week.

During this time schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children celebrate Australian children's literature. 


City of Swan Libraries will be celebrating the theme of this year, Escape to Everywhere, with a play and two special storytime sessions.

We hope that you and your children can join us for the fun!

Children's Book Week 2017 activity timetable
Date Event Cost
Wednesday, August 16
The Big Book Show
Suitable for children of all ages
Written especially for Children's Book Week, this hilarious and informative play promotes the enjoyment of, not just books, but of stories in general.
Saturday, August 19 A Magical Musical with Mary
Suitable for children aged 3 to 12 years
Miss Mary explores wind and air with the children and tells a mysterious story about travelling on a magic carpet to a faraway land. There is singing, dancing and bubbles too!
Monday, August 21 Special Storytime with Kaleidoscope Ensemble
Suitable for children aged 2 to 8 years
Join violinist Gillian Catlow and guitarist Charles Hoernemann as they bring stories to life with their infectious sense of humour, excellent choice of music and use of props and sound-effects.



Importance of reading

Reading is incredibly important for both adults and children, leading to long-lasting identity formation and setting up success for the future.

City of Swan Libraries hold regular Rhymetime and Storytime sessions to encourage a strong interest in reading at an early age. We also provide free access to a host of great online content as well.


Suitable for babies 2 to 24 months old

Singing rhymes and songs together is a lovely way to bond with your child and will help them learn to talk. Sharing books, stories, songs and rhymes builds vocabulary and the language and listening skills which are essential in preparing children for school.

View Rhymetime locations and times


Suitable for preschoolers aged 2 to 5 years old

Storytime is a unique opportunity for both adults and children to focus on books, stories and rhymes. These free weekly sessions are held at all City of Swan Libraries. We look forward to sharing stories, rhymes and fun with you and your family.

View Storytime locations and times

Story Box Library online

Story Box Library features engaging online Australian stories read by some of Australia's finest storytellers. The stories are a little bit cheeky, a little bit charming and a whole lot of fun!


Access the Story Box Library

TumbleBook Library online

The TumbleBook Library is an online collection of TumbleBooks - animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which you can read or have read to you. 


Access the TumbleBook Library