Children’s Book Week

Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of children’s books and reading. Established in 1946, it is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country.

Each year, students and libraries from all over Australia spend a week celebrating Australian books, authors and illustrators. Events hosted by the Libraries give children the opportunity to meet with their favourite authors and illustrators.

Public event

  • Each year City of Joondalup Libraries host an event for the public to celebrate Children’s Book Week
  • This event is designed to expand literacy knowledge and entertain
  • In 2019 Duncraig Library held a Science based event called Reading is my Secret Power in conjunction with Science Alive.


  • Sessions are made available to local school students
  • The City of Joondalup Libraries host 12 presenters including authors, illustrators and storytellers to entertain and educate
  • Students will develop their literacy knowledge and be inspired to read and write
  • View the Children’s Book Week Program
  • Bookings for all events must be made online. Bookings have now closed.


  • Home-schooling students are encouraged to attend any of our Children’s Book Week sessions
  • Western Australian authors, illustrators and storytellers will be available to meet a variety of interests.

In 2019, Joondalup Libraries will hold Children’s Book Week events over a two week period from Saturday 10 August to Friday 23 August. The theme for 2019 is: Reading is My Secret Power. Find out more information about Children’s Book Week from the Children’s Book Council of Australia. The Children’s Book of the Year Award Winners 2019 were announced on Friday 16 August 2019.


Children’s Book Week is proudly sponsored by:  Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lotterywest, Healthway, Go for 2 and 5,and Children’s Book Council of Australia, WA Branch.

2019 Photos from Children’s Book Week